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Aerial of smoggy day in Los Angeles, CA

Do Renewables Lead to Increased Air Pollution from California Power Plants?

, Energy analyst

California is a national leader in the transition to clean electricity, but integrating all that renewable energy onto the grid is no easy feat. Critics of renewables have long claimed that adding variable renewables (such as wind and solar) to the grid would force fossil-fueled power plants to operate less efficiently, leading to an increase in air pollution emissions. And as states start to integrate more renewables, those claims have come back.

But is this argument true? Do renewables really lead to increased air pollution?

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Trump Administration Goes After States for Protecting the Environment

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

The Trump administration has been on a collision course with California, and it appears that collision is imminent. An administrative action to undermine the authority granted to the state by the Clean Air Act to protect its citizens from vehicle pollution appears to be imminent. This illegal attack is not just harmful for the nation’s most populous state—it is an attack on the 13 states and the District of Columbia that follow California’s lead and, ultimately, the entire country. The American auto industry and the American public will be worse off as a result.

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Up Close with California’s Power Grid Operator

, Energy analyst

I went on a tour of the California Independent System Operator.

“The who?” my parents asked me. “Never heard of them.” Read more >

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AB 5 is an Opportunity to Protect Workers and the Environment

, Western states policy manager

Among the major issues still being debated by the California Legislature this year is whether to codify a new standard for determining if certain workers must be hired as employees rather than independent contractors. AB 5, authored by Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez, is a top priority for organized labor and, as you might expect, is drawing considerable opposition from some segments of the business community, such as technology, agriculture, and trucking industries.

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More Charging Infrastructure Coming for Electric Trucks and Buses in California

, senior vehicles analyst

Great news from San Francisco today. The California Public Utilities Commission approved San Diego Gas and Electric’s (SDG&E) five-year, $107 million proposal to invest in charging infrastructure for electric trucks and buses. Read more >

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