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Natural Gas Power Plant Retirements in California

, Energy analyst

As the rest of the country rushes to build natural gas power plants, California continues to downsize its fleet. While the official numbers are not yet in, 2018 appears to have been a big year for natural gas power plant retirements in California.

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Corporations and Activists are Exploiting Open Records Laws. California is Trying to Change That

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Corporations and activists from the left and the right are abusing open records laws to harass public university researchers. A growing body of analysis shows that these attacks are growing both in number and severity. Fortunately, some states have begun to clarify how these laws apply to university researchers, both through courts and state legislatures. Read more >

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Climate Change and Groundwater: Incorporating Climate Realities and Uncertainties into California’s Groundwater Planning

, Senior Climate Scientist

Climate change is fundamentally transforming the way we manage water in the Western U.S. The recent Fourth California Climate Change Assessment lays out the many pressures facing water managers in California in detail. Luckily, the science available to us today creates opportunities for water managers and others to plan for changing climatic conditions. Read more >

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What is Resource Adequacy? Three Requirements that Keep the Lights on in California

, Energy analyst

In many parts of the United States, power plant owners can get paid for doing pretty much nothing. You might think that power plant owners make all their money selling the electricity they generate. However, many power plant owners also get paid for providing “capacity,” or the ability to generate electricity. These types of payments are playing an increasingly large role in keeping fossil-fueled power plants operational, and finding cleaner alternatives is going to be a big challenge. Read more >

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Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Hangs in the Balance

, Senior policy and legal analyst

Today, I’m reporting on the legislative tug-of-war over the $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles. Fossil fuel interests on one end, literally everyone else on the other. This fight arose when the suits over at Exxon, Shell, and Koch Industries became worried about the potential of electric vehicles (EVs) to mess with their 90 percent share of transportation fuel in the U.S. And you know what? They should be worried. The EV market is small but growing fast, and there have been tons of production milestones and new model releases over the past quarter. Read more >

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