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New Organization Could Help Push Energy Efficiency Programs to Even Higher Levels

April 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The California Technical Forum (Cal TF) will be comprised of experts who use independent professional judgment and a transparent process to develop and review energy-savings estimates related to California’s energy efficiency programs, policies, and energy resource plans.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Half of Power Plant Capacity Additions in 2013 Came From Natural Gas

April 11, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Power Plant Capacity Additions

Natural gas-fired power plants accounted for just over 50% of new utility-scale generating capacity added in 2013. Solar provided nearly 22%, a jump up from less than 6% in 2012. Coal provided 11% and wind nearly 8%. Almost half of all capacity added in 2013 was located in California.[read more]

It’s Time to Refocus California's Climate Strategy

April 8, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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California Climate Strategy Review

Climate change is a global emissions problem. California produces about 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Over the next few decades, the majority of emissions will come from developing countries. If we don’t solve the problem in the developing world, we don’t solve the problem.[read more]

Three 'Next Steps' for California Climate Action

April 7, 2014 by Daniel Kammen
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California Climate Action

Eight years ago California enacted its Global Warming Solutions Act, known as AB32. Since then, an entire network of interacting, mutually-reinforcing legislation has evolved in the state, historic in how the different measures support one another.[read more]

Celebrating a Solar Energy Milestone with Big Clean Energy Implications

March 31, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Solar Energy Adoption

California can feel good about the fact that it has more than half of all the solar rooftops in America, but there’s more to celebrate – the 100,000th such installation. This milestone demonstrates the substantial opportunity we have to make use of this ample and clean energy source – the sun.[read more]

After Conflicts With Mortgage Lenders, California Restarts Residential PACE

March 29, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

After more than three years of conflict between large mortgage lenders and efficiency advocates, California is announcing that homeowners will soon be eligible for property-assessed clean energy (PACE) loans through the CaliforniaFIRST program.[read more]

California's Plan to Replace San Onofre Nuclear: Green Success or Natural Gas Giveaway?

March 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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San Onofre Replacement

The long-range plan to replace 2,200 megawatts of shuttered Southern California nuclear power will include new natural gas-fired power plants, as well as a hefty share of green alternatives. But advocates of an all-green replacement strategy are still pushing for smart, distributed clean alternatives.[read more]

From Waste to Jobs: Growing California's Economy through Recycling [INFOGRAPHIC]

March 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California and Recycling

Recycling is one of the most common of all environmental activities, and it’s also a great way to save natural resources. Recycling keeps useful materials out of landfills and incinerators, and using recovered materials to make new products and packages saves resources such as trees and metal ores.[read more]

How Much Energy are We Flushing Down the Drain?

February 26, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Wasted Water and Energy

California is in the middle of a drought. In the Bay Area, that has meant day after day of glorious, sunny winter weather. I am haunted by media images of dry creek beds and by my own mental images of driving by the Rim Fire near Yosemite last summer. Who knows what this summer will bring?[read more]

Climate Change Hits Home with Another Round of Extreme Weather Events in 2013

February 14, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Extreme Weather in 2013

I just returned from California and was struck by how devastating the state’s drought has become. People talked about it everywhere I went, wondering what it means for people and the economy. I can see why they are worried. Last year was the driest on record.[read more]

As Obama Heads to Drought-Stricken California, Many Solutions Await

February 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Last year was the driest year on record for California, and while we enjoyed some light rain last week, the drought hasn’t let up by any measure. We’ve been hit by droughts before, but climate change will make "critically dry" years occur more frequently.[read more]

California's Great SONGS Debate: Gas-Fired Power vs. Green Alternatives

February 13, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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California and the Nuclear Debate

Down in Southern California, a battle over the state’s energy future has just been set in motion. At issue is the loss of the 2,200-megawatt San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) -- and the debate over how much green energy can be relied on to replace it.[read more]

California's Nightmare Comes True ... There's No More Water

February 7, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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California has been experiencing one of its worst droughts ever. It’s so severe that state officials issued a press release announcing that residents and farmers will be receiving less water in an attempt to conserve the water the state still has in reserve.[read more]

California's Drought to Heighten Awareness for Water-Tech Solutions

February 6, 2014 by Lisa Ann Pinkerton
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Water-Tech Solutions

While California Governor Jerry Brown’s drought declaration for the parched state may not actually bring immediate rain, water technology companies may discover their audiences, from customers, and investors to national media more primed to support their efforts.[read more]

Leading Scientists Explain How Climate Change Is Worsening California's Drought

February 4, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change and California Drought

Scientists have long predicted that climate change would bring on ever-worsening droughts, especially in semi-arid regions like the U.S. Southwest. As climatologist James Hansen said: “Intense droughts in California have everything to do with human-made climate change.”[read more]