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Despite Drought, Sunny California Set for Summer Power Needs

Despite Drought, Sunny California Set for Summer Power Needs

Solar: California's ongoing drought means a lot less power coming from dams, but the state isn't expected to have any trouble keeping up with demand for electricity this summer -- and that's mainly due to solar power.
The Drought Is Boosting California's Natural Gas Use

The Drought Is Boosting California's Natural Gas Use

Hydroelectric: Since 2011, the drought has cut California's hydropower output by an amount equivalent to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station going offline. And a new report says we've been making up the difference by burning ever more natural gas.
Fed Agency OKs Controversial Power Storage Project Near Joshua Tree NP

Fed Agency OKs Controversial Power Storage Project Near Joshua Tree NP

Technology: A federal agency has given the go-ahead to a power storage project adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park that opponents say could seriously harm both the park's wildlife and local groundwater.
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California's Drought Could Mean Power Shortages This Summer

California's Drought Could Mean Power Shortages This Summer

Hydroelectric: Unless we get some rain this winter, and a lot of it, we may well face some serious power shortages as we climb into the triple-digit days of summer.
Pocket-Sized Energy: Device Will Charge Your Phone in a River

Pocket-Sized Energy: Device Will Charge Your Phone in a River

Hydroelectric: Okay, this is cool: a Seattle-based startup is promiising that you'll be able to top off your phone or charge your camp light using the energy in flowing water -- but without a gigantic dam.
This Map Shows California's Potential to Power Itself With Clean Energy

This Map Shows California's Potential to Power Itself With Clean Energy

Solar: An Oklahoma firm has produced a map showing the regional energy scenes across the United States, and the results are interesting -- though some of what's going on in California doesn't really show.
Palos Verdes to Generate Power From Water Mains

Palos Verdes to Generate Power From Water Mains

Hydroelectric: Water companies are an untapped source for potential power generation, and a startup is working with a Palos Verdes area water company to put some of that power to good use.
California Will Lose Hydropower Capacity As Climate Warms

California Will Lose Hydropower Capacity As Climate Warms

Hydroelectric: The outlook for the state's hydroelectric power plants in a warming world isn't rosy.
GOP Pushes for Less Regulation of Hydropower

GOP Pushes for Less Regulation of Hydropower

Hydroelectric: Restrictions on the relicensing of dams, which provide power, is coming to a head.