California


Wolfgang Rottmann/Unsplash

California’s Electric Sector is About to Veer Off Track in Fight Against Climate Change

, Energy analyst

For decades, California has been a world leader in the fight against climate change. But as the years pass by and California’s climate change goals become increasingly ambitious, the pathway to achieve the state’s goals is becoming more challenging. California’s electric sector has, historically, been the shining star of decarbonization, but now that the state needs its electric sector to ratchet down emissions faster than ever before, California’s electric sector is poised to let us all down Read more >

Bookmark and Share

Jennifer Gidaro/Flickr

Will Climate Change Impact My Retirement? CalPERS, CalSTRS Reports Shed Some Light

, Corporate Analyst and Engagement Specialist

Adrienne Alvord contributed to this report

Imagine that you had $650 billion. After you Scrooge McDuck into a swimming pool of gold coins, you’ll probably want to put some of that money into the stock market. But with the ongoing climate crisis, you’ll need to think carefully about what climate-related financial risks your investments might face. Read more >

Jennifer Gidaro/Flickr
Bookmark and Share

Daniel Parks/Flickr

Lessons from California in 2019: The Challenges of Adapting to Climate Change

, senior climate scientist

There’s a perception in the US that California is a place of extremes, that it’s unique among US states—an outlier. Yet many of the state’s societal and climatic extremes, from widening income inequality to the precipitation whiplash we’ve experienced in recent years, are reflections of issues facing the nation as a whole rather than exceptions to the rule. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

Gas plant in California with pipeline in foreground

Why Can’t California Shake Its Natural Gas Habit?

, Energy analyst

California is a national leader in clean energy generation, but to fully transition away from fossil fuels in the electric sector, the state will need to expand its focus beyond energy and start taking a hard look at capacity.

California has a resource adequacy program, which ensures that the state has enough electricity generating capacity at the ready to keep the grid reliable year-round. Up until now, the data about the types of resources (natural gas plants, solar, energy storage, etc.) being used to satisfy those reliability requirements has not been publicly available. But at the urging of UCS and other organizations, that information is now being made public.

So now the numbers are in, and they paint a startling picture of California’s continued reliance on natural gas. After taking you through the numbers, I’ll talk about some of the solutions we already have and the ones we might still need.

Sit down, folks. This will take your (energy nerd) breath away.

Read more >

John Ciccarelli, BLM.
California Energy Commission
Bookmark and Share

Moss Landing Power Plant stacks visible behind the dunes.

Why Isn’t California Turning Down the Gas?

, Energy analyst

California is currently going through a short-term hiatus on shutting down gas plants due to emerging grid reliability concerns. But in the long term, the state is well positioned to continue turning down the gas.

Read more >

Wayne Hsieh/Flickr
California Public Utilities Commission
Mark Specht
Bookmark and Share