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Puente gas plant should not be approved, California energy committee says

October 6, 2017 | Industry Dive/utilitydive.com

California regulators and lawmakers alike are targeting gas-fired peaking plants for scrutiny, recommending carbon-free alternatives instead.

In the past month, the California Public Utilities Commission rejected upgrades to the Ellwood gas peaking plant in Southern California, and state lawmakers passed a bill — SB 338 — that would mandate utilities develop alternatives to gas generation for meeting peak demand in their integrated resource plans.

Now the Puente project is back in the spotlight, despite CPUC approval last year. Planned to be online by 2020, the plant has attracted attention over fears the state is overbuilding gas generation even as it sets ambitious renewable energy and climate goals.

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U.S. Climate Change Policy: Made in California

September 27, 2017 | NY Times

SACRAMENTO — The Trump administration may appear to control climate policy in Washington, but the nation’s most dynamic environmental regulator is here in California.

Mary D. Nichols, California’s electric-car-driving, hoodie-wearing, 72-year-old air quality regulator, is pressing ahead with a far-reaching agenda of environmental and climate actions. She says she will not let the Trump administration stand in her way.

As chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, or CARB, Ms. Nichols is the de facto enforcer of the single biggest step the United States has taken to combat the effects of climate change: standards adopted under the Obama administration that mandate a deep cut in emissions from the 190 million passenger cars on America’s roads. Together, those vehicles regularly emit more earth-warming gases than the country’s power plants.

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25th Anniversary

25 years of “Greening the Grid”

On May 4th, 2016, friends, family and guests gathered to commemorate the official 25th Anniversary celebration of the founding of CEERT. Read John Shahabian’s (Director of Operations) recap of this special event. GO ANNIVERSARY PAGE

 

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.

Hal Harvey from Energy Innovation

Hal Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC, recently visited a CEERT gathering. Here are some highlights recapping his very informative presentation to us.VIEW MORE videos »

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