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California's energy policies have ripple effects across the West

March 19, 2014 | High Country News | Judith Lewis Mernit

As the Golden State shifts from coal to clean, economies in other states feel it too.


Fran Pavley didn’t come to the California Assembly in 2001 intending to put a Utah coal plant out of business or its workers out of jobs. She ran for office because she cared about the environment and thought she might find some way to break the logjam that kept lawmakers from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. During Pavley’s first week in office, representatives from the Blue Water Network and the Coalition for Clean Air pitched an idea: For years, California had a waiver from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set its own, stricter-than-federal standards for car exhaust. Why not pass a law to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the same authority?

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Our View: Energy summit offers tangible practices, advice

March 14, 2014 | Imperial Valley Press

The agenda for this year’s Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit is packed with substance, with topics, speakers and ideas to be debated that may mean much more than in previous summits.

Much of that has to do with the maturity of the industry as a whole. In the immediate past this was very much a speculative game of trying to see what would work and what would take hold locally, of talking up the future rather than the present.

But the future is now, the industry is up and running and the results, for good or bad, are something we can talk about in a real way.

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a closer look

V. John White talks about planning for California’s renewable energy renaissance. Stimulus projects are beginning construction; they will bring jobs into California and help to jump start the economy of high-unemployment desert areas. CEERT is bringing people together to plan for natural conservation, renewables generation, and transmission for clean power.VIEW MORE videos »

Preliminary Reliability Plan for LA Basin and San Diego

Prepared by Staff of the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, and California Independent System Operator.
DRAFT August 30, 2013
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