Energy & Environment

California farmers to go another year without federal water 


(AP) — A federal agency said Friday it will not release any water for Central Valley farms this year, forcing farmers to continue to scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

Water thefts on the rise in drought-stricken California

(AP) — As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities — water.

Tulare joins HERO home renovation financing program

The City of Tulare has joined a program that helps finance homeowner water- and energy-saving renovations.Tulare's city council recently voted to join a program that gives homeowners financing options for energy- and water-saving home renovations.

Rare Sierra Nevada red fox spotted in Yosemite park

(AP) — The first confirmed sighting of a rare Sierra Nevada red fox in Yosemite National Park in nearly a century has been confirmed by park officials.

Friant Water Authority splits general manager job into two

The Friant Water Authority is searching for a new chief executive as part of reorganization designed to manage increased workload due to the drought.

Light quake shakes Central California area

(AP) — A light earthquake has shaken a Central California region southeast of Monterey Bay.

California breaks ground on bullet train as climate solution

(AP) — California broke ground Tuesday on its long-sought high-speed rail system, promising to combat global warming while whisking travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.

California snow survey shows higher snowpack 


(AP) — The winter's first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday found more snow than last year at this time, but officials said much more is needed to end the California drought.

Valley counties get $16.4M PG&E payments

Valley counties are getting a healthy boost in revenues with Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s latest property tax payments across its service territory.

Energy commission approves $5M for Tulare digester

The California Energy Commission will award a $5 million grant to Colony Energy Partners Tulare, LLC to help build a digester that will produce biogas using cow manure and food processing waste.