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19, 2017 AgNet West The pressure on California’s water supply during the recent drought was further complicated by outdated policy and antiquated infrastructure.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 Executive Director for the California Water Alliance Aubrey Bettencourt explained that “we have this undersized, outdated water infrastructure system that hasn’t quite been updated since the ‘60s and ‘70s…

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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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Webinar on Emerging Technologies

July 25, 2017 On August 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM, California Energy Commission staff will host a one-hour webinar to share information on innovative projects focusing on phase change materials and their exciting potential to make zero net energy buildings more affordable. Phase change materials (PCM) are materials that change from one phase (i.e., solid, liquid or gas) to another at a designated temperature. Speakers: Martin Vu and Kyle Dunn, RMS Energy Consulting, LLC, will discuss their work with…

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California’s hydrogen refueling network expands to South Pasadena

California welcomed another station to its growing hydrogen refueling network, further bolstering the state’s global leadership in the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) as part of its broader strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. The new station, now open at 1200 Fair Oaks Avenue, South Pasadena, provides Californians with the fueling options they need to consider replacing their petroleum-fueled cars with hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. With transportation responsible for nearly 40 percent of California’s…

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