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Humboldt Offshore Wind Development Plan Wins $10M

Adding an extra boost to emerging offshore wind in California, the California Energy Commission approved a $10.5 million grant for upgrades at the port of Humboldt. Initially, 1.6 gigawatts of floating wind turbines are expected to be sited 30 miles off the North Coast in federal waters.

The 168-acre port will be the site of […]

March 10, 2022|

Imperial County Vies For Share of Lithium Boom, Biden Listens

Officials from the state’s impoverished and heavily-polluted Imperial County want to make sure residents there reap the benefits of any lithium boom if it turns out brine brought up by geothermal plants to generate electricity at the Salton Sea can be mined commercially for the element.

Lithium is a key component in batteries both for […]

February 22, 2022|

$11 Million for Big Charging and Green Energy

This week the California Energy Commission approved $11 million in research grants for projects including a truck-mounted, non-polluting backup generator and a pilot program for a universal charger for electric vehicles.

Another project that got funded, and the one that grabbed the most attention is a ChargePoint effort to create an unprecedented 600 kW automated, […]

February 16, 2022|

SoCalGas Faces $10M Fine for Using Customer Money to Weaken Efficiency Codes

A regulatory judge is calling for a $9.8 million penalty on Southern California Gas Co. for using ratepayer funds to oppose standards that increased the efficiency of appliances and buildings to reduce climate pollution. The California Public Utilities Commission proposal is a departure from an earlier decision in which it declined to penalize the […]

February 7, 2022|

Grid Operator Proposes $30 Billion for Green Grid

For the first time, the California grid operator has released a draft 20-year plan for a grid that supports total decarbonization of electricity in the state by 2045. The plan from the California Independent System Operator estimates a cost of $30.5 billion for new and upgraded high voltage lines needed to accommodate additions of […]

February 3, 2022|
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