energy http://kvpr.org en New Poll: Support For Global Warming Laws Drop If Energy Prices Rise http://kvpr.org/post/new-poll-support-global-warming-laws-drop-if-energy-prices-rise <div><p>A new <a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1110">Public Policy Institute of California poll</a> finds a strong majority of Californians support the state’s laws to combat global warming. But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, that support drops amid concerns about rising gas and electricity prices.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:54:20 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 36195 at http://kvpr.org New Poll: Support For Global Warming Laws Drop If Energy Prices Rise Environmentalists Call For Halt To Oil Shipments By Rail http://kvpr.org/post/environmentalists-call-halt-oil-shipments-rail <p>Environmental activists rallied Wednesday in Sacramento against plans by oil companies to increase crude oil shipments through populated areas in California and other states by rail. They say increasing the trips would raise the threat to public safety.</p><p>Assemblyman Roger Dickinson has authored a bill that he says will make transporting oil by rail safer. It would require oil and rail companies to better coordinate with first responders.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:09:52 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 35580 at http://kvpr.org Environmentalists Call For Halt To Oil Shipments By Rail California Bill Would Delay Cap And Trade Transportation Fuel Permits http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-delay-cap-and-trade-transportation-fuel-permits <p>A California Assemblyman has introduced a bill that would delay part of the state’s greenhouse gas reduction program for at least three years. Under the bill, energy companies would be able to put off purchasing “transportation fuel pollution” permits. Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports.</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:38:03 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 35248 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Delay Cap And Trade Transportation Fuel Permits Report Casts Doubt On Potential Of Monterey Shale Oil Production http://kvpr.org/post/report-casts-doubt-potential-monterey-shale-oil-production <p>An anticipated oil boom in California may be delayed a bit, if it happens at all. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on some new estimates published today that could dampen the state’s fracking future.</p><p>Fracking is an oil extraction process that involves pumping large amounts of water, sand and chemicals into rock. It had been estimated California may be able to recover more than 13 billion barrels of Monterey Shale oil.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 01:04:17 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 33063 at http://kvpr.org Report Casts Doubt On Potential Of Monterey Shale Oil Production California To Import Hydropower To Meet Summer Demand http://kvpr.org/post/california-import-hydropower-meet-summer-demand <div><p>California energy officials say there’s less hydropower available in the state because of the drought. But as Steve Milne reports from Sacramento, the state plans to meet peak summer demand by importing power.</p></div><p>California may not have had much rain but its neighbors to the north are in better shape. Cal-ISO, the agency that manages the state’s energy supply, says that’s where California will get some of its hydropower this summer.</p><p>Cal-ISO’s Steven Greenlee says California will have about 1,500 megawatts less of in-state hydroelectricity than last year.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:33:45 +0000 Steve Milne - Capital Public Radio 32737 at http://kvpr.org California To Import Hydropower To Meet Summer Demand Senate Committee Moves Ahead With Fracking Moratorium Bill http://kvpr.org/post/senate-committee-moves-ahead-fracking-moratorium-bill <div><p>A California senate committee has moved a bill forward that would place a moratorium on fracking. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the move comes less than a year after the passage of legislation that regulates the oil-extraction process.</p></div><p>Senate Bill 4 put several fracking regulations in place for the oil industry. SB4 also requires a study analyzing the health and safety risks of fracking. At the committee hearing, oil industry representatives called the regulations some of the strictest in the nation.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:51:51 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 30909 at http://kvpr.org Senate Committee Moves Ahead With Fracking Moratorium Bill Political Fight Over Fracking Takes Center Stage In California http://kvpr.org/post/political-fight-over-fracking-takes-center-stage-california <div><p>California is instituting what some are calling the toughest regulations in the nation for the controversial oil extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.&nbsp; But some environmentalists say the regulations don’t go far enough to protect air and water quality.</p><p>Several local governments have enacted moratoriums; others are calling for an outright ban on fracking. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the politics are beginning to take center stage.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:00:51 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 30209 at http://kvpr.org Political Fight Over Fracking Takes Center Stage In California In Kern County, Plans for Hydrogen Power Plant And Fertilizer Factory Ignite Debate http://kvpr.org/post/kern-county-plans-hydrogen-power-plant-and-fertilizer-factory-ignite-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the small Kern County community of </span>Tupman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the 2013 pistachio harvest is well underway.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Chris Romanini's family has been farming this land, just west of Interstate 5, where the valley's fields meet the Elk Hills for decades.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:28:52 +0000 Joe Moore 21711 at http://kvpr.org In Kern County, Plans for Hydrogen Power Plant And Fertilizer Factory Ignite Debate Electric Bill Increase or Fairer California Power Rates? http://kvpr.org/post/electric-bill-increase-or-fairer-california-power-rates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislation that could add a flat fee of up to 10 dollars a month on some California electric bills is up for a key committee vote Friday.&nbsp; As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the measure has support from utilities and consumer groups – but it’s sparking pushback from environmental advocates.</span></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:38:47 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 20812 at http://kvpr.org Electric Bill Increase or Fairer California Power Rates? Feds, State to Study Fracking in California http://kvpr.org/post/feds-state-study-fracking-california <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal government has announced a sweeping study of fracking and other oil and gas extraction techniques in California.</span></p><p>The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will lead the study.&nbsp; BLM California State Director Jim Kenna says it’s in response to lawsuits attempting to block oil and gas development on public lands.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 17:23:48 +0000 Ben Adler 19486 at http://kvpr.org Feds, State to Study Fracking in California California Assesses its Future Energy Supplies, Without San Onofre http://kvpr.org/post/california-assesses-its-future-energy-supplies-without-san-onofre <p>California lawmakers want to know how the state is going to make up for the loss of a major electricity source. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, a State Senate committee will hold a hearing on the issue Wednesday.</p><p>The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was the largest source of electricity for Southern California. But the plant is permanently closing after a series of maintenance and safety problems.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 01:00:35 +0000 Katie Orr 18061 at http://kvpr.org California Assesses its Future Energy Supplies, Without San Onofre As 'Fracking' Debate Heats Up, Weighing Risks Key to Possible Monterey Shale Boom http://kvpr.org/post/fracking-debate-heats-weighing-risks-key-possible-monterey-shale-boom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Could California be on the verge of a new gold rush? That’s the finding of a </span><a href="http://gen.usc.edu/news/monterey-shale.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">new study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from USC about the potential economic impact of oil that lies deep beneath the Central Valley, known as the Monterey Shale. But extracting that oil isn’t easy, and it would require the use of a number of advanced techniques, including hydraulic fracturing.&nbsp; And that’s attracted concerns from environmental groups and state regulators. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:42:19 +0000 Joe Moore 14404 at http://kvpr.org As 'Fracking' Debate Heats Up, Weighing Risks Key to Possible Monterey Shale Boom Solar Sets Records for Power Production in California http://kvpr.org/post/solar-sets-records-power-production-california The operator of California’s power grid says a single-day record amount of energy was harvested from the sun not once, but twice in the past month.   The California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO)  reports solar production exceeded the one-gigawatt plateau twice in August.  Stephanie McCorkle with Cal ISO says higher production coincides with decreasing costs. “It’s just like with any of these breakthrough technologies, whether it’s cell phones or, in fact, I can remember when calculators came down in the cost the more they were produced and sold. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:52:48 +0000 Bob Moffitt 3509 at http://kvpr.org State Works to Balance Renewable Energy Projects and Protecting Endangered Species http://kvpr.org/post/state-works-balance-renewable-energy-projects-and-protecting-endangered-species <p>California is working on a plan to balance goals of developing renewable energy projects on desert lands and protect the endangered species that live there. Californians can weigh in at a public meeting on Wednesday</p><p>Remote desert areas may seem like the perfect place for wind and solar energy projects. But some projects have already stalled because they threaten endangered species such as the desert tortoise or bighorn sheep.</p><p>The state and the federal government are working on a plan to balance those two goals.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 18:43:52 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 3469 at http://kvpr.org State Works to Balance Renewable Energy Projects and Protecting Endangered Species Cal ISO Calls Statewide Flex Alert For This Weekend http://kvpr.org/post/cal-iso-calls-statewide-flex-alert-weekend <p>People use more energy when it&rsquo;s hot, and&nbsp;California&rsquo;s power grid operator has issued a Flex Alert because of the current heat wave.</p><p>Cal-ISO is the state&rsquo;s Independent System Operator. When the forecast for demand gets close to the state&rsquo;s power generating capacity, the operator calls a Flex Alert. Stephanie McCorkle with Cal-ISO says it&rsquo;s most important to conserve during the peak usage hours between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:49:44 +0000 Bob Moffit 1962 at http://kvpr.org Cal ISO Calls Statewide Flex Alert For This Weekend On Quality of Life: Nuclear Power; Michael Hanson http://kvpr.org/post/quality-life-nuclear-power-michael-hanson <p><strong>Segment I Nuclear Power In the Valley? - </strong>The State of California has a long love-hate relationship with nuclear power. It&#39;s now been 26 years since Diablo Canyon, the state&#39;s newest nuclear power plant, came online on the Central Coast. In the intervening years, reactors at Rancho Seco, near Sacramento, and San Onofre near San Diego have been decommissioned, and the state&#39;s moratorium on the construction of new plants still remains in effect. Wed, 04 May 2011 01:35:23 +0000 Joe Moore 1223 at http://kvpr.org