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Group Asks For Court Review Of Natural Gas Plant

Group Asks For Court Review Of Natural Gas Plant

Natural Gas: A controversial proposed gas-fired power plant in San Diego County may become a topic of discussion by the California Supreme Court, as a local environmental group asks the court to reverse a decision allowing the plant to be built.
Tentative OK For New Huntington Beach Gas Power Plant

Tentative OK For New Huntington Beach Gas Power Plant

Natural Gas: A committee of the California Energy Commission today recommended approval of a new 940-megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant in Huntington Beach to replace an aging facility that's been offline since 2013
Clean Energy Opponents Getting Even More Ridiculous

Clean Energy Opponents Getting Even More Ridiculous

Commentary: What can a high-paid DC PR rep for dirty energy industries do to stem the increasing tide of climate realism and clean energy sanity? One such group has hit on an answer: make fun of celebrities.
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Hundreds More Electric Car Charging Stations Coming to California

Hundreds More Electric Car Charging Stations Coming to California

Transportation: The California Energy Commission will be plowing millions of dollars into building almost 500 more electric car charging stations throughout the state, along with an assortment of other alternative energy programs.
U.S. Carbon Emissions Are Rising Again

U.S. Carbon Emissions Are Rising Again

Climate Change: In the run-up to the anticipated announcement next week of new, strict federal greenhouse gas emissions limits for power plants, a federal agency has announced that the nation's carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use have started rising again after a five-year decline.
Natural Gas May Be a Lot Worse for Climate Than Suspected

Natural Gas May Be a Lot Worse for Climate Than Suspected

Natural Gas: Natural gas and oil fields may well be releasing far more climate-killing methane into the atmosphere than previously thought, undermining natural gas' usefulness as an alternative "bridge fuel" for society to use to wean itself off coal in fighting climate change.
Ivanpah Solar Plant Owners Want To Burn a Lot More Natural Gas

Ivanpah Solar Plant Owners Want To Burn a Lot More Natural Gas

Concentrating Solar: Owners of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System have asked the California Energy Commission to change the project's license to allow Ivanpah to burn more than 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas a year.
L.A. Takes Big Step Toward Fracking Moratorium

L.A. Takes Big Step Toward Fracking Moratorium

Natural Gas: If the moratorium is approved, it would stay in effect until oil companies can assure that the city's water supply is safe, that the practice does not otherwise harm the environment and the companies are fully disclosing the chemicals used.
Fracking Waste is Being Dumped Into the Ocean Off California's Coast

Fracking Waste is Being Dumped Into the Ocean Off California's Coast

Petroleum: If you have an uneasy feeling about where California's offshore rigs dispose of their fracking wastewater, you may well be correct. About half of the state's offshore rigs pump at least some of their wastewater right into the Santa Barbara Channel.
Power Lost by Shuttered Nuclear Plant May Be Replaced With Renewable Energy

Power Lost by Shuttered Nuclear Plant May Be Replaced With Renewable Energy

Natural Gas: The state agency responsible for regulating California's public utilities has proposed a plan for adjusting to the loss of power from the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant, and part of that plan involves generating a lot more renewable energy -- though environmental activists say the plan could be a lot better.
Californians Asked to Save Energy Due to Bitter Cold Back East

Californians Asked to Save Energy Due to Bitter Cold Back East

The Grid: The bitter cold that's locked down much of the United States is having an effect even in relatively warm California: demand for natural gas for heating and extra power back east is cutting supplies to Southern California gas-fired power plants.
PG&E Fined $14 Million for Pipeline Ethics Violations

PG&E Fined $14 Million for Pipeline Ethics Violations

Natural Gas: The company that admitted its lax record keeping and faulty gas pipelines caused a deadly explosion in 2010 in San Bruno just got hit with a big fine for failing to keep state regulators informed about a similar pipeline a few miles south. The California Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to fine Pacific Gas & Electric $14.35 million over a delay in filing updated information on its natural gas pipeline 147 in the San Mateo County city of San Carlos.
'Frackademia': Climate Science for Sale

'Frackademia': Climate Science for Sale

The Well Next Door: "In too many instances, the oil industry is essentially purchasing the results it wants," says Andrew Rosenberg of the Union for Concerned Scientists. One way to do that: funding university studies.
The Good and Bad of the West Coast Climate Pact

The Good and Bad of the West Coast Climate Pact

Climate Change: Reaction to the pact is mixed, with the most negative reaction coming from activists opposed to the expansion of hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and gas in California.
New Fracking Law Regulates Injecting Acid Into Ground

New Fracking Law Regulates Injecting Acid Into Ground

Commentary: We made an error in our recent assessment of SB 4, the fracking regulation bill written by State Senator Fran Pavley that was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown September 20. Here's our correction on this technical, but important, aspect.
5 Things California's Fracking Bill Will Do

5 Things California's Fracking Bill Will Do

Government: Senate Bill 4, the bill that enacts new regulation of fracking in the state of California, has come under fire from environmental groups. Its author, State Senator Fran Pavley, says critics are blowing the bill's flaws out of proportion. But what does the bill actually do?
L.A. to Consider Temporary Ban on Fracking

L.A. to Consider Temporary Ban on Fracking

Natural Gas: Photo: Duffernutter/Flickr/Creative Commons License Two Los Angeles City Council members introduced a motion today calling for a citywide halt to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking -- a process that uses a pressurized water mixture to release oil or natural gas from...
Feinstein Supports California Fracking Bill

Feinstein Supports California Fracking Bill

Natural Gas: California's U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has reaffirmed her concerns over the fossil fuel extraction process known as "fracking" by informally endorsing a bill in the state Legislature tthat would put strict limits on the practice.
Lawsuit Filed Over Power Plant Threat to Endangered Butterfly

Lawsuit Filed Over Power Plant Threat to Endangered Butterfly

Natural Gas: Conservation groups announced Wednesday that they are suing the EPA for failing to protect an endangered butterfly species from a San Francisco Bay Area gas-fired power plant.
With Nuclear Plant Shut Down, Utility Pushes for Unpopular Gas Plant

With Nuclear Plant Shut Down, Utility Pushes for Unpopular Gas Plant

Natural Gas: Though the general consensus seems to be that southern California will get through the summer just fine without the permanently closed San Onofre nuclear power plant, officials at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) are pushing to make up what they say may be a shortfall by allowing the construction of an unpopular gas-fired plant near the Mexican border.
Group: Penalty For PG&E Explosion Not Nearly Enough

Group: Penalty For PG&E Explosion Not Nearly Enough

Utilities: Though regulators are insisting that Pacific Gas & Electric pay a record $2.25 billion in penalties for its role in a disastrous September 2010 gas line explosion in San Bruno, a ratepayer activist group says that doesn't go nearly far enough.
Regulator: 'Throw the Book at PG&E'

Regulator: 'Throw the Book at PG&E'

Utilities: The head of the safety division of California's ratepayer protection agency has blasted Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) over the utility's reaction to a proposed $2.25 billon penalty stemming from a 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people, saying "It's time to throw the book at PG&E."
Californians Oppose Fracking, but Some Could Be Bribed with Cheap Fuel

Californians Oppose Fracking, but Some Could Be Bribed with Cheap Fuel

Natural Gas: Almost half of Calfornians are opposed to more fracking in the state, according to a poll released Friday, but some of those opposed say they could be bought off with cheaper fuel.
Expert: Southern California Just Fine Without Nuclear Power Plant

Expert: Southern California Just Fine Without Nuclear Power Plant

The Grid: An expert on California's grid says the concern of rolling blackouts is overblown.
The Power of CEQA: Gas Plant Delayed in Smoggy Inland Empire

The Power of CEQA: Gas Plant Delayed in Smoggy Inland Empire

Natural Gas: Owners haven't been able to get the legal permission to add to the Inland Empire's air pollution burden.
Energy Commission Sued Over Location of New Natural Gas Plants

Energy Commission Sued Over Location of New Natural Gas Plants

Natural Gas: "Families in surrounding neighborhoods of proposed power plants and cities alike have been frustrated for years by the lack of judicial review of Energy Commission siting and permitting decisions. When communities are denied their day in court, democracy unravels and pollution ensues."
Proposed Federal Fracking Rules Favor Industry

Proposed Federal Fracking Rules Favor Industry

Government: "Fracking has been done safely for decades," said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. "There is no doubt that this essential tool will be used for decades to come."
Why PG&E Was Fined $2.25 Billion For The San Bruno Explosion

Why PG&E Was Fined $2.25 Billion For The San Bruno Explosion

Utilities: Northern California's largest utility may have to pay a total of $2.25 billion in penalties over a deadly September 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno.