California may take a bold move with clean vehicles

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State may be looking to ban the sale of conventional vehicles in the future Several large cities throughout the world have embraced plans to ban the sale of vehicles that consume fossil-fuels. California may soon follow this example, according to the California Air Resources Board. The organization suggests that Governor Jerry Brown has expressed interest in this concept, which could help California cut down on emissions and support the aggressive adoption of clean vehicles. The state has spent several years attempting to secure the success of clean vehicles and has…

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California and China agree to work together on renewable energy and clean technology

Renewable Energy Partnership

Governor Brown negotiates renewable energy deal between California and China California has signed a memorandum of understanding with China. Governor Jerry Brown met with Chinese representatives earlier this week and established a new partnership focused on renewable energy and clean technology. The partnership between California and China comes a week after the United States withdrew from the Paris Agreement in a controversial and heavily criticized move by President Donald Trump. California is among several states that have committed themselves to maintaining support of the Paris Agreement despite lack of federal…

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Toyota to test freight truck equipped with hydrogen fuel cells in California

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Automaker will be testing a new hydrogen-powered truck in California Toyota has announced that it will begin testing a new heavy-duty truck powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The truck will operate at the Port of Los Angeles in California. The technology that powers the truck is part of what Toyota calls “Project Portal.” This project focuses on how hydrogen fuel cells can be used to power a wide range of vehicles, from compact sedans to heavy-duty trucks. Toyota’s new truck will be making use of two hydrogen systems that come…

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Wind energy is losing support in California

State policies make it difficult for the wind energy market it grow Wind energy is struggling to find a foothold in California, and this may be due to the state’s policies concerning clean power. Recently, Governor Jerry Brown passed a law that requires the state to receive no less than 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. Wind energy may not play a role in this, however, with the state focusing more heavily on other forms of clean power, such as solar energy. Ban on wind energy projects…

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Wastewater recycling efforts helps Californian city conserve water

A Nevada City wastewater treatment plant has reduced over 1 million gallons of water per month by recycling water. According to officials, wastewater recycling is playing an important role in Nevada City’s efforts to conserve water. The city’s Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant’s reuse of purified sewage water, which it uses to run its operations, is having an extremely positive impact with regard to meeting the Californian city’s water conservation goals, saving nearly 1.4 million gallons of water each month. The plant’s water conservation efforts contribute to 41% of water…

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Climate change is no joke, says California governor

Governor Jerry Brown says the drought in California is proof of the changing climate. According to Gov. Jerry Brown, the severe drought the state has been experiencing, which is in its fourth year, proves that climate change not only exists, but that it is happening right now and the water crisis in California “is a wake-up call” for both the state and for the rest of the country, which depends on California for a substantial portion of its vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Residents and municipalities of California were ordered to…

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Statewide fracking ban wanted in California

Protesters in Oakland call on California governor to outlaw hydraulic fracturing in the state. Approximately 8,000 Californians protested in Oakland this past Saturday, urging Governor Jerry Brown to follow in the footsteps of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who recently enforced a statewide ban on fracking in New York, and prohibit the controversial natural gas and oil drilling process throughout California. Hydrofracturing has already been banned in two of the state’s counties. Local and individual fracking bans were passed last years during elections in both San Benito and Santa Cruz. The bans…

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50% of California’s power to come from renewable energy by 2030

Governor Jerry Brown highlights plan to increase renewable energy capacity California has plans to receive no less than 50% of its electrical power from its renewable energy sources by 2030. The ambitious plan was revealed by recently re-elected Governor Jerry Brown, whom outlined this endeavor during his fourth inaugural speech. The state has long been a leader in the renewable energy space, supporting the development of solar energy, wind power, and various other clean energy projects for years. The state has been growing more aggressive with its clean energy ambitions…

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Legislation aims to make solar energy more accessible in California

AB 1883 designed to improve state’s Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs California Assembly Bill 1883 is currently awaiting approval by Governor Jerry Brown and this legislation could go a long way in making renewable energy more accessible to homeowners and small businesses. The legislation is meant to address certain issues in Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), a financing scheme that is often used to mitigate the high costs associated with clean energy and make renewable power more accessible. PACE has been used to allow businesses and homeowners alike to adopt…

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California and Mexico join together to fight climate change

Governor Jerry Brown to travel to Mexico to strengthen existing partnership California Governor Jerry Brown is set to make a trade mission to Mexico in the coming week, accompanied by some 90 delegates from the state’s public and private sectors. The mission will focus on issues relating to climate change, environmental protection, the economy, and renewable energy. The meeting between state and government officials could have a major impact on the action both California and Mexico take on climate change and energy. Mexico and California intend to tackle the issue…

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Renewable energy initiative to be re-authorized in California

Governor Brown to re-authorize California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program California Governor Jerry Brown is set to re-authorize the state’s Self-Generation Incentive Program. The program is meant to provide funding to the renewable energy and clean technology sectors, favoring wind power, energy storage, and hydrogen fuel cells. The initiative is expected to be authorized to issue some $83 million in funding every year through 2019, adding significant financial backing to the state’s evolving energy structure. This funding is also expected to boost the prevalence of fuel cells throughout California. Program aims to…

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California’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure gains momentum

Hydrogen fuel infrastructure plans gain new hope California’s plans concerning an expansion hydrogen fuel infrastructure, often referred to as the state’s “hydrogen highway” due to the proximity fueling stations would have to the state’s highways, has been struggling to make any significant progress in recent years. The initiative is meant to prepare the state for the launch of hydrogen-powered vehicles, which are expected to arrive in California from most major automakers beginning in 2015. California is one of the most favored markets for the auto industry, but without a working…

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New laws in California favor electric vehicles

Governor passes new laws to support electric vehicles California Governor Jerry Brown has signed six bills into law in order to help promote clean transportation throughout the state. California is represents approximately 35% of the electric vehicle market in the U.S. and is considered one of the auto industry’s ideal markets. The state is set to be the launching pad for hydrogen-powered vehicles that automakers will release in the coming years. The new laws emerging in California are meant to promote clean transportation among consumers and make the state even…

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New law brings more support to solar energy in California

Governor Brown bolsters support behind solar energy Earlier this week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 327 into law. The legislation is meant to provide Californian homeowners interested in solar energy with more protection against potential exploitation. The legislation is expected to make solar energy more popular among homeowners for this reason and give them more incentive to install photovoltaic modules on the rooftops of their properties. Governor Brown has also directed the California Public Utilities Commission to ensure that all customers that adopt solar energy under the organization’s…

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Renewable energy legislation signed into law in California

Renewable energy law signed by Governor Brown California’s Senate Bill 43 has been officially signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The legislation could be a major boon for renewable energy throughout the state as it is meant to make clean power more accessible to consumers. California has a long history of supporting renewable energy and sustainability, but the state has recently been making aggressive moves on the issue of clean power and emissions reduction in order to capitalize on the economic and environmental benefits that can be found in…

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California gets 19 new clean energy laws

California Hydrogen Fuel Market

Clean energy laws signed by Governor Jerry Brown Climate change, clean energy, and efficiency have been getting a great deal of attention in California recently. The state has long been a champion for clean energy and sustainability, but, like others throughout the country, politicians have been less than enthusiastic to throw their support behind these issues. This seems to have changes over the past few months, however, as the Legislature approved 19 new clean energy bills that could boost the state’s adoption and use of solar, wind, and other renewable…

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