Energy Policy & Regulations

California falling Short on Climate Protection

Transportation still exceeds greenhouse gas limits CaliforniaGeo 11-28-18 California’s dedication to all things green by statute and regulatory policy has been a multi-decade effort but it is faltering.  A November report by the California Air Resources Board  cites the assessment that greenhouse gas reductions are not on track to meet established goals. The state’s landmark […]

The 2018 National Climate Assessment

Evidence continues to be alarming CaliforniaGeo 11-28-18 Government scientists from eight departments and five agencies released the National Climate Assessment Report on November 23rd, and the news is not good.  These were some of the same organizations that began backing up  decades of acquired data on outside servers after the presidential election of 2016 signalled […]

Carbon auctions ruled legal in California

State Supreme Court says auction of carbon credits is constitutional Sacramento Bee 6-29-17 BY DALE KASLER dkasler@sacbee.com Californians pay more for gasoline and other goods to finance the state’s war on climate change. The state Supreme Court decided Wednesday they’ll continue paying for at least three more years. The court declined to hear a lawsuit […]

A Leading State Plans for Progress

 (and it’s not California) CaliforniaGeo 6-12-17 [On April 19-20, 2017, the New York Geothermal Energy Organization held a conference in Albany, the state’s capital.  It was titled “Helping New York Meet Its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Goals.”  This state has built momentum that few others can claim.] Final attendance figures have not been published, but the […]

A Letter to the Editor on Energy Policy

Letter to the Editor Sacramento Bee 3-20-17 “Don’t slash the EPA’s budget What if ISIS was responsible for the flooding that damaged or destroyed 40,000 homes in Louisiana in 2016? What if al-Qaida was responsible for the California foothills forest fires that destroyed thousands of homes over the last several years? What if Russia was […]

Diary of an Emissions Buy-Back for our 2015 VW Passat TDI

CaliforniaGeo 3-17-17   Like most consumers, it pains me to admit that I got fooled by the world’s largest automaker after lots of research and comparisons.  So we had to wonder about a VW Buy-Back for our 2015 Passat TDI.  Ultimately, it was better to take the emissions buy-back than to risk a de-valued trade-in, a private […]

Billions for power California doesn’t need?

CaliforniaGeo 2-6-17 Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times printed a feature article written by Ivan Penn and Ryan Menezes that called into question the state Public Utility Commission’s continuing approval for electrical power generating stations that push capacity well beyond regulatory requirements.  This excess costs California Consumers billions of dollars.   Why Is This? A clear […]

Trump climate policies worry many—perhaps unnecessarily

CaliforniaGeo 11-27-16 Presidential candidate Donald Trump promised to bring back coal extraction and use, and made disparaging remarks about renewable energy.  So much and so often that many green thinking citizens are scared stiff over reversals in climate change policy. “Drill, baby, Drill!” former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin is reported as seeking the cabinet post […]

Fossil fuel, utility interests spend $3.1M on Ohio elections

Report: Fossil fuel, utility interests spends $3.1M on Ohio elections BRIEF,  From Utility Dive Weekly Newsletter  Nov. 4, 2016 AUTHOR  Robert Walton Dive Brief: •  Fossil fuel interests including utilities spent $3.1 million this year, through October, on issues and candidates leading up to next week’s election, Midwest Energy News reports.  •  Midwest Energy News […]

9th Circuit orders $200M refund for state’s energy crisis

Sacramento Bee 9-10-16 BY DALE KASLER dkasler@sacbee.com California’s electrical grid is run from Folsom by the Independent System Operator, seen in 2012.  A federal appeals court ruling backed a federal order that penalized five electricity providers for state’s energy crisis in 2000 and 2001. More than 15 years after the last rolling blackout, California officials are […]