Save the Date: Celebrate the WET Center!

Celebrate the Past, Present, and Future of the WET Center! December 7, 2017 3pm-6pm As a thank you for all of your support, we would like to invite you to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the WET Center. See what we have built the first decade, and what the future has in store – Valley Ventures a BlueTechValley Accelerator! Come learn about the Valley Ventures program, meet its current cohort and learn about them as they pitch and showcase…

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Energy Commission exceeds 2016 state standards for local ordinances

October 12, 2017 For Immediate Release: October 11, 2017 Media Contact: Edward Ortiz, 916 654 4989 Energy Commission Approves Biomass System in Shasta County, zero-percent loan for solar system in Soledad Schools, new energy standards for Lancaster SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission today approved a $1.5 million grant to demonstrate a containerized biomass-to-energy system in Shasta County as part of the state’s effort at creating economic drivers to support renewable energy that also benefits California’s forest health crisis….

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Modernizing California’s water supply

September 19, 2017 AgNet West The pressure on California’s water supply during the recent drought was further complicated by outdated policy and antiquated infrastructure. There are multiple projects and policies in the process of getting funded or being approved that will address some of the water needs of the state. Executive Director for the California Water Alliance Aubrey Bettencourt explained that “we have this undersized, outdated water infrastructure system that hasn’t quite been updated since the ‘60s and ‘70s…

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Central Valley Angel Group invests in PowWow Energy, Inc.

August 18, 2017 The Central Valley Angel Group has added PowWow Energy, Inc. to its investment portfolio. PowWow is applying data science to solve practical problems in agriculture. It provides a simple water compliance solution using a clever algorithm that turns energy data into useful text alerts and water records for growers. The team of agronomists and computer scientists are extending the data-mining platform with 100 Terabits of aerial images and weather forecast to identify where farms can recover…

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Carbon Farming: California focus on soil to meet climate, water goals

Above: Jose Ortega, left, and Fidel Meza work the soil in Lemoore, Calif. The state’s new Healthy Soils Initiative gives money to farmers and ranchers to experiment with building healthy soil for “carbon farming.” AP/Gary Kazanjian July 31, 2017 NewsDeeply | WATER DEEPLY By Enrique Gili A pioneering program in California aims to sequester carbon, improve water resources and boost plant growth, by treating the soil beneath farmers’ and ranchers’ feet as part of a living system. SOIL’S ABILITY…

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