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. In a reply to PG&E's calling the proposed penalty "excessive," the California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) Emory J. (Jack) Hagan repeatedly referred to the utility's "lack of remorse," saying "It's time to throw the book at PG&E."
Southern California Edison (SCE) has made it official: the utility informed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that it has closed down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station -- forever.
Four California-based wind power facilities have applied to the federal government for permits to harm eagles, ReWire has learned.
The applications, revealed as the result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) search by an Oklahoma journalist, would shield the wind power companies from prosecution under the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) if eagles are injured or killed by their turbines.
Responding to what they called a rash of complaints about commercial solar developments in residential areas, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to put a hold on new projects until it can craft a county-wide policy.
If you're like most people considering moving to an electric car, you might have found it hard to estimate what it'll cost to drive the thing as you go about your daily life. Converting from miles per gallon per dollar to miles per kilowatt-hour per dolllar isn't the easiest bit of math to do in your head, especially when you have to go look at your electric bill to find out what you're paying for power.
But now the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has made that comparison a little easier. It turns out that electric cars are about half as expensive to drive in California as gasoline-powered cars -- once you get the car paid for.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed a law Tuesday that accelerates the closing of the state's two coal plants, and environmental and Native activists are applauding his decision -- but they're also pointing out there's a lot more work left to do.