California


Tesla Surges Ahead on Energy Storage

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

It’s been an exciting week for clean energy in California, with strong action by the governor on carbon pollution and a bold announcement expected on energy storage that will accelerate our clean energy transition. Read more >

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Picking Up Speed: Why California Climate Action Keeps Moving Ahead

, director, California & Western States

April 29, 2015 may not go down in history, but for those of us who care about taking meaningful climate action it was a very nice day indeed here in California. Read more >

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Proof that California’s Water Sector Can Be a Climate Leader: Sonoma County Celebrates “Carbon-Free” Water

, climate scientist

Today, I am at the Sonoma County Water Agency celebrating the achievement of their goal to provide “carbon-free water.” That means that no fossil fuels are burned in order to provide water services (including capturing, cleaning, and delivering drinking water to taps along with treating wastewater). This achievement is a powerful proof of concept, showing how the water sector can be a part of the state’s ambitious climate efforts. Read more >

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High and Dry: Reservoir Levels Tell Only Half the Story, Leaving California Dry as Drought Continues

, climate scientist

You’ve probably heard about the California drought by now. If you live in California, it’s hard to hear about anything else. Unfortunately, the drought may be even worse than we realize, because the way we often measure water supply doesn’t consider future water availability. By relying on measurements of current reservoir levels, agencies in charge of water distribution are missing an important part of the water supply picture, leaving their customers vulnerable to longer and more severe droughts.

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Making Room for Renewables: Grid Integration Solutions for California’s Clean Energy Future

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

I’ve blogged many times about the clean energy policies California has in place that have made it a leader. The state is well on its way to supplying 33 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and now, in a visionary step to dramatically reduce global warming emissions, is considering ways to increase that amount to 50 percent by 2030. Read more >

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