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NRG Bundles Solar With Water Efficiency in California

May 2, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Water Efficiency in California

As the state of California finalizes its mandatory cuts in water use for an average of 25 percent for companies like urban water suppliers, new NRG solar customers in the cities of Fresno and San Diego can soon begin to receive a smart sprinkler from Rachio.[read more]

Smart Water Meters Gain Traction in Drought-Ridden California

April 20, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Water Conservation

When San Francisco’s water meters were coming to the end of their lifespan about six years ago, the city wanted to make sure the next set of devices installed would prove useful for the next 20 years. San Francisco is the largest city in California to make the full switch to smart water meters.[read more]

Hydropower Losses From California's Drought Cost Ratepayers $1.4 Billion

April 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Drought and Hydopower Impacts

The diminished hydropower capacity of California’s dams cost electricity customers a total of $1.4 billion in the past three years, according to a study from the Pacific Institute. When the 2007 to 2009 drought is taken into account, the figure rises to $2.4 billion.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "We're Standing on Dry Grass, We Should be on Five Feet of Snow"

April 10, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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California Drought and Water Conservation

California Governor Jerry Brown recently announced that there would be mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. The dramatic order comes in response to an ever deepening drought crisis thatis now in its fourth year.[read more]

For Energy (and Water) Conservation, Moral Suasion is No Substitute for Getting the Prices Right

April 8, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie
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California Drought and Water Pricing

The use of PR campaigns to encourage conservation is not unique to California. Appeals for reductions in energy and water use are ubiquitous. And it is easy to see why. For political and jurisdictional reasons, it is often easier to mount a conservation campaign than raise energy or water prices in times of scarcity.[read more]

California Dreaming: Drought and Development

April 8, 2015 by Steven Cohen

As the northeast fights a losing battle to maintain its population, California grows like there's no tomorrow. But there will be. And more people, changing patterns of rainfall, and a culture requiring the desert to bloom have led California Governor Jerry Brown to call for a 25% reduction in household water consumption.[read more]

As California Loses Hydro Resources to Drought, Large-Scale Solar Fills Gaps

April 3, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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In 2013, yearly electricity generation from solar trailed every renewable energy technology in California except small hydro. But over the course of a year, solar generation more than doubled in the state, making it the second-biggest provider of renewable electricity in 2014 behind wind.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'We're Not Just Up a Creek Without a Paddle, We're Losing the Creek Too'

March 20, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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California Drought

California is in uncharted territory as their severe drought drags on and water reserves drop to their lowest points ever, with no relief in sight. This winter continued the dry trend and there was little snowfall in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada mountains.[read more]

A Critical Issue: Water Resiliency

February 17, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. It took a drought of epic proportions to force the Australian nation to radically reform its water policies and practices. California is now in the fourth year of its own serious drought, with growing negative impacts to economies, communities, and ecosystems.[read more]

What A Down Under Drought Can Teach California About Water

February 10, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

Two highly important drought-related events happened in California late in the last year. The state received much-needed rainfall in December, and it convened a daylong conference in Sacramento to compare Australian and Californian water policies.[read more]

Drought Reveals Water-Energy Connection, Cutting California's Hydropower in Half

October 9, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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California Energy-Water Connection

California’s drought hasn’t just left its mark on dried-up fields and suburban lawns. It’s also sapped the state’s supply of hydropower, leaving natural-gas-fired generators -- and a growing share of solar and wind power -- to make up the difference.[read more]

National Science Foundation: Record California Drought Directly Linked To Climate Change

October 2, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Drought and Climate Change Effects

A Stanford study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) confirms a growing body of research that finds “The atmospheric conditions associated with the unprecedented drought in California are very likely linked to human-caused climate change.”[read more]

New Groundwater Policy Brings California Into the 21st Century

September 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California Water Policy

California's voluntary Groundwater Management Plans have effectively failed to protect the people and ecosystems that depend on this water. Too many people are siphoning off water from extremely limited resources, resulting in declining groundwater levels, sinking of land, and drying of streams.[read more]

The Era of Big Dams is Still Over, Even With the Water Bond

September 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Dams and the Water Bond

 

The potential for new water storage in California is in the news because of Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond on California’s November ballot, which includes $2.7 billion for new groundwater and surface storage, and an additional $800M for groundwater remediation projects.[read more]

A Water Bond to Protect the Environment and the Economy

September 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Virtually all of California – 99.8 percent – is in severe drought. The toxic blue-green algae that shut down Toledo’s drinking water supply earlier this month is thriving in Stockton’s waterways, thanks to warm, stagnant water and low river flows.[read more]