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2007 Greenwire Articles and Archives
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12/21/07 Calif. PUC will allow utilities to compete in power bidding
Reversing a policy that has prevented the state's three big electric utilities from competing with non-utilities in solicitations for generation resources, the California Public Utilities Commission yesterday conditionally approved long-term procurement plans by investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to meet power needs over the next decade. But while granting the authorization for utilities to accept bids for more than 3,400 megawatts by 2016, the commission imposed restrictions on communication among utility employees involved in bidding and selecting winners. Bid now.
12/12/07 Political stalemate could mean $12B ballot initiative in Calif.
SACRAMENTO -- Business groups here may go directly to California voters next year with an $11.7 billion ballot initiative meant to shore up the state's water infrastructure. The California Chamber of Commerce and other groups filed four versions of a water bond proposal last week. Each contains a slightly different variation on the theme of using public bond issuances to pay for a variety of water conservation projects, revamped policies, and new dams or reservoirs. The groups are frustrated by the inability of the state Legislature to move forward with a plan during the bogged-down special session. Get wet.
12/11/07 Warmer weather poses threat to Western aquifers
SAN FRANCISCO -- Many geologists fear climate change will impair the ability of groundwater aquifers in the West to recharge as a result of diminished snowpack in the region, according to new research presented here at the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting. Dip in.
12/07/07 Calif. agency promotes aggressive renewables portfolio target
The California Energy Commission yesterday endorsed a state-wide 33 percent renewables portfolio goal by 2020. The target -- up from the currently mandated 20 percent goal by 2010 -- was outlined in the agency's Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR), a keystone document for compiling and advancing energy-related policies in California that is updated every two years. The report also calls for a state commitment to full economic development of energy efficiency measures. Beat the bushes with the CEC.
12/06/07 Calif. agency sets timeline, targets for GHG cuts
Mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions starts April 1, 2009, for about 800 of California's largest emitters under new regulations adopted yesterday by the state Air Resources Board. In a busy day of action, the board also set the 1990 baseline for GHG emissions yesterday at 427 million metric tons in preparation for returning statewide emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, as required by the state's global warming law, A.B. 32. Based on a projected emissions level of 600 million metric tons in 2020, the state will need to reduce total GHG output by 173 tons that year to meet its ambitious mandate. Set your engines.
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