PG&E’s record-breaking battery proposal wins approval from regulators

“California utility regulators approved Pacific Gas & Electric’s proposal to build the two largest battery systems in the world. The 4-1 vote marks a landmark development in California’s quest to decarbonize its electrical system by shifting from natural gas to non-emitting sources for flexible power. “Not only will this help California integrate solar and reduce…

Electrics vehicles are coming, and New England and California better watch out

“Consider the following: the transportation sector (planes, trains, and automobiles) accounts for almost 29% of all energy consumed in the United States. The vast majority of that energy comes from oil-derived fuels, such as the gasoline and diesel we use in our cars. Switching to an electrified fleet of vehicles has the potential to reduce…

California Energy Commission green-lights $8 million grant for hydrogen fuel cell station

“The California Energy Commission has voted to approve an $8 million grant for the development of a high-capacity hydrogen fueling station. In a statement Wednesday the Commission said the fueling station, at the Port of Long Beach, would be used to service and promote the expansion of zero-emission fuel cell electric Class 8 drayage trucks.…

The drive behind smart cars and the security movement

“Transportation trends towards automation and increased usage of mobility services like Uber and Lyft is expected to rapidly expand the percentage of electric vehicles on the road, further increasing electricity demand, which will have significant impacts on infrastructure and will require upgrades to the energy system. The costs of these investments are likely to be…

Legislating a just transition off fossil fuels: San Diego champions lead on climate and energy policies

“Californians are united in our commitment to transitioning the state’s power grid to renewable energy. A strong step in that direction was the passage of SB 100 (De León) into law, which sets a goal of transforming our state’s electricity grid to zero-carbon sources by 2045, with an upgrade to the 2030 goal from 50…

Turning algae into biofuel

“Algae is usually thought of as a bad thing but turns out it can can be turned into biofuel and jet fuel. “Basically what we’re doing is taking whole algae, harvested, and dried, and we’re pressure cooking it. Kind of like you do with your turkey over Thanksgiving,” said mentor to Yang Han and Research…
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