Placing solar panels atop the Golden State's water canals has the potential to help the state meet its 2030 climate and air-quality targets as well as reduce evaporation, saving billions of gallons of water annually, a team of University of California researchers found.

Pacific Gas & Electric is proposing to take saws to gray pine trees that lean toward the utility's power lines in certain high-fire-threat areas in the state. A gray pine in Shasta County is suspected to have contacted a PG&E-operated line and started the Zogg Fire that killed four p…

NRG has sold 4.8 GW of its fossil fuel-based generating assets, including two California natural gas-fired plants, to Generation Bridge, an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners.

The Renewable Hydrogen Alliance appointed Michelle Detwiler as its new executive director, the organization said in a March 12 news release.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced on March 12 that Tracey LeBeau will act as interim administrator and CEO of the Western Area Power Administration while the department looks for a permanent replacement for Mark Gabriel.

California has an abundance of renewable power, but not all of it is earmarked to meet the state's renewables portfolio standard, a situation that will likely require oversupplied investor-owned utilities to sell off surplus renewable-energy credits, according to an "early release" edition o…

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The recent power outages during freezing weather in Texas led to multiple deaths and billions of dollars in damages, though grid managers assert that had they not responded as they did the outcome would have been even worse. The situation illustrates people's dependence on the electric power…

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Millions of customers across the central and south-central United States lost electricity and heat this week amid freezing weather due to a blast of cold air from the Arctic that coincided with historic generation losses across thermal and renewable assets, system operators reported.

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Eight Northern and Central California community choice aggregators formed a new joint-powers authority to combine their purchasing power for procuring new power contracts from clean energy sources.

Innovative projects aiming to decarbonize transportation and industrial processes using hydrogen got a combined funding boost of more than $23 million from public and private investments in new technology this week.

In its latest forecast update, the California Department of Water Resources said roughly an inch of snow-water equivalent had been added to the state snowpack since Feb. 1, as of Feb. 10.

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Regional collaboration and coordination will be key if California and the rest of the West are to maintain a reliable electricity grid in the face of many changes swirling in the region, the head of California's grid operator said.

The California Department of Water Resources said it will receive another $308 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as reimbursement for expenses associated with reconstruction of spillways and emergency-response requests for the 2017 Oroville Dam spillways incident.

Delivering reliable electricity in California this summer will require "deliberate and ongoing collaboration" among the state's energy regulatory bodies, particularly as more battery storage is installed in the Golden State, an advisor with the California Independent System Operator said.

Anxiety around firm power has been a key theme as the Western energy transition causes dramatic changes for California and Southwest utilities. The closure of coal-fired power plants and an increase in the percentage of renewable resources and energy storage in utility portfolios have helped…

PacifiCorp customers in Oregon and California have finished paying $200 million in surcharges that were collected during the past nine years to help fund the restoration of the lower Klamath River and the removal of four dams.

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Texas-based software company SolarWinds Corp. revealed on Jan. 13 that a hack alleged to be of Russian origin occurred much earlier than initially understood, dating back to September 2019. Following its in-depth investigation, the company discovered that malicious actors had unobstructed ac…

Increasing electrification could reduce U.S. energy system costs by nearly $800 billion through reduction of fuel and operational expenditures in the building, transportation and industrial sectors, but overall savings will depend heavily on the pace of technological developments, according …

The Silicon Valley Clean Energy board of directors on Jan. 21 approved the community choice aggregator's Building Decarbonization Joint Action Plan, which it says "defines a set of prioritized actions for the agency and its members to reduce carbon pollution from buildings."