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“Interactive Map Shows California Energy Infrastructure Projects” reviews the Energy Maps project …

The map, powered by Esri, illustrates the construction and energy development boom that has gone on as California strives to reach its policy goal of generating one third of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

“Now You Can Find Energy Projects Proposed For Your Neighborhood”

Chris Clarke reviews the Energy Maps project on KCET’s ReDefine …

Here’s an interesting new tool for Californians who want to learn if any power plants, transmission lines, and pipelines are planned for their favorite places, thanks to researchers at Claremont Graduate University.

“Team Launches Map to Inform Californians About Energy Construction Projects”

  • Rod Leveque

Energy Maps project launch press release …

Researchers at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) have created an interactive map that makes it easier for Californians to know when energy infrastructure projects are planned for their communities.

“Researcher Developing Map to Reduce Conflicts Over SoCal Energy Infrastructure Projects”

  • Rod Leveque

Power Struggles grant press release …

Hal Nelson, research associate professor in Claremont Graduate University’s School of Social Science, Policy, and Evaluation, is creating an interactive online map that will help Southern California residents become more involved in decisions about how energy infrastructure projects are built in their communities.

Recent Articles, May 2015

Here is a quick round up of some of our favorite energy reading for the month of May, from new energy infrastructure projects to energy waste and the desert.

Western states wrestle with Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Participants brainstorm about uniquely Western complexities to implementing EPA’s Clean Power Plan, such as hydropower, massive stretches of federal lands, electricity generation by tribes and an interconnected grid. High-ranking EPA officials have attended most sessions, according to participants.

Tesla’s new home battery: energy revolution or pure hype?

The hyperbolic clichés started flying mere hours after the May 1 announcement by Elon Musk, the eccentric CEO of Tesla Motors, that his company would soon begin mass production of the Powerwall, a battery for powering the home. Musk said the battery marked a “fundamental transformation of how energy is delivered across the earth.” Others called it the Holy Grail and a silver bullet against the vampire–esque utilities who are trying to bleed rooftop solar customers dry with added “grid charges.”

Local Opposition Deals Blow to Solar Project in Desert Town

Approved by the San Bernardino County Planning Commission in a 3–2 vote in December, the [Bowman Solar] project drew opposition from residents of Landers and Twentynine Palms who said it would worsen air pollution, violated a new County ordinance on solar siting, and threatened their property values. After a community group appealed the Planning Commission’s approval of the project, County Supervisors voted by a narrow margin to send the project back to the Planning Commission.

Californians’ Electronic Toys Waste More Power Than Desert Solar Creates

Think of it this way: if the state and Federal governments had invested $50 million in power strips for every California household along with an aggressive education campaign to get us to turn our toys off when we’re not using them, we could have lost 33 fewer square miles of desert habitat since 2006.

Recent Articles, March 2015

March was election month in southern California and there were a number of ballot measures aimed at new or re–developed energy infrastructure projects.

Oil drilling, taxes, zoning will appear on Southland cities’ ballots

In the coastal city of Hermosa Beach, voters will decide whether to loosen a ban on oil and gas drilling to allow for a new production project. And on the opposite edge of the county, voters in La Habra Heights will weigh in on a measure that takes an opposite stance – seeking to tighten the city's restrictions on drilling and, in particular, fracking.

Oil Drilling in Hermosa Beach Pits Neighbor Against Neighbor

Now, the oil drilling ban question is finally appearing on the ballot, on March 3, and Barragan is no longer just a homeowner. She has fought to protect the famed surfing shore from what she sees as wildly incompatible oil drilling, and is so passionate about it that in 2013 she ran for Hermosa Beach City Council. She was a political neophyte with little chance of winning office, but E&B saw her rising voice as trouble. The firm asked the Hermosa city attorney to agree that if Nanette Barragan got elected, the fine print in existing California law banned Barragan from voting on the oil drilling issue – because her cottage is within 500 feet of E&B’s drilling site.

Election 2015: La Habra Heights anti-oil initiative loses

A measure to limit oil drilling in the city was defeated Tuesday. Measure A would have banned the drilling of any new oil and gas wells, halted the reactivation of old wells and barred certain treatments to enhance oil or gas drilling, including fracking. “I’m pleased to see that people didn’t let their emotions take over their vote and looked at the facts of the initiative,” said Councilman Kyle Miller who opposed the measure.

Hermosa Beach Voters Defeat Measure to Overturn Oil Drilling Ban

Fracking opponents scored a big victory against the oil industry by defeating a measure to overturn an oil drilling ban in Hermosa Beach, but failed to pass an initiative to prohibit new oil and gas development in La Habra Heights.

Recent Articles, February 2015

This month we round up a few of our favorite articles on solar projects in southern California.

550 MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm In California Now Online

What is now one of the largest solar energy projects in the world was just recently brought online in Desert Center, Riverside County, California – in a ceremony that brought out the US Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell, and 150 other government and industry figures.

Feds Laud Solar Project Near National Park, Forget to Mention Park

There’s something unusual about the Interior Department”s PR blitz to mark the formal launch of the massive Desert Sunlight Solar Farm next door to Joshua Tree National Park: Interior doesn”t mention the Park anywhere in its press release.

The EPA Just Ripped California’s Big Renewable Energy Plan

As the state and federal agencies drafting a massive plan to zone the California desert for energy development struggle to put a record number of public comments online, one comment in particular may cause the document’s authors even more work.

Soda Mountain solar project good for jobs, environment: Guest commentary

But this project is much bigger than one single issue. The project should be evaluated in its entirety, and equal attention should be given to its benefits, which are far–reaching. In the case of Soda Mountain Solar there is much more at stake than a potential wildlife bridge across the highway, which the project would not interfere with, anyway.

Soda Mountain Solar — a red gash on our green energy future: Guest commentary

We have learned that green energy projects, if not responsibly sited, can cause more harm than good by destroying the very places and species renewable energy could protect. The most harmful example of this is the proposed Soda Mountain Solar project, which would be built within a quarter–mile of Mojave National Preserve.