green-blog

Here comes the sun -- and wind: Record amounts of green power on the grid

| K Kaufmann | Comments
Solar and wind are providing an increasing amount of power for California's electric grid, according to the California Independent System Operator, ISO for short, the nonprofit corporation that keeps ...Read more

Has BrightSource overestimated bird deaths at solar projects in the desert?

| K Kaufmann | Comments
BrightSource Energy released a long-awaited report on bird deaths at three large-scale solar plants in the Southern California desert on Friday, and it could be laced with inaccuracies, according to t ...Read more

A California compromise on the net metering transition?

| K Kaufmann | Comments
The current compensation rates utilities must pay solar owners for the excess power they feed into the grid could remain unchanged for up to 20 years, under a proposed ruling from the California Publ ...Read more

Why you should get up early for the Renewable Energy Roundtable

| K Kaufmann | Comments
If you're any way involved in renewable energy or green technology in the Coachella Valley -- or would like to be -- the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's Renewable Energy Roundtable should be ...Read more

Test-driving a car that kind of drives itself and the future of mobility

| K Kaufmann | Comments
Driving Volvo's S60 model with adaptive cruise control is a matter of trust. The car is equipped with a mass of radar and computer controls that allow semi-autonomous driving. You set the car at a ...Read more

The net metering battle, round 2: the transition from NEM 1.0 to 2.0

| K Kaufmann | Comments
If you've got time on Wednesday, you might want to listen in to the meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission, kicking off at 9:30 a.m., with video or audio live streams available. Sola ...Read more

Hey Coachella Valley! Want to drive a Tesla?

| K Kaufmann | Comments
I got a tip from a reader on Tuesday that Tesla Motors will hold a test drive event 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 8-9 at Trilogy at the Polo Club, 51088 Sorrel Court, Indio. To sign up, click here: Her ...Read more

LA without plastic bags: a frontline report

| K Kaufmann | Comments
As noted in a previous blog post, I was briefly in Los Angeles on Saturday for an art exhibit -- a trip that also included a quick stop at a nearby Ralphs to pick up a soda and snack for the drive ba ...Read more

Other uses for the Salton Sea: carbon sequestration, grebe magnet

| K Kaufmann | Comments
The Salton Sea is one of the most photographed bodies of water in the world --  that is for satellites more than 400 miles from the earth's surface. That was one of the first bits of interesting i ...Read more

Key climate change indicator can't get federal funding

| K Kaufmann | Comments
One of the most important and longest-running measurements of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere is  threatened with a lapse in critical federal funding, apparently because it falls through t ...Read more

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