Energy & Environment

Report looks at reclaimed waterline for Visalia

The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a draft environmental assessment of a WaterSmart grant of $696,000 to Tulare Irrigation District to help fund proposed construction of a 8,300-foot-long water conservation and reuse pipeline.

Pacific Ethanol lands $3M grant for sorghum project

Sacramento-based Pacific Ethanol Inc. has been awarded a $3 million matching grant from the California Energy Commission to develop a sorghum feedstock for ethanol production.

Netafim, Grizzlies to hold water forum

Netafim USA, a Fresno-based irrigation company, will present a Farm Grown Central Valley Water Forum Aug. 29 at Chukchansi Park prior to the Tacoma Rainiers vs. Fresno Grizzlies 7:05 p.m. game.

Fresno officials announce new water restrictions

The City of Fresno has stepped up its conservation measures in response to the ever-receding groundwater levels.

Farmersville getting $500K from new drought aid

(AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced $9.7 million in new drought aid for rural Californians.

Edeniq partners on Chinese biochemical plant

Edeniq, a Visalia-based biomaterials and sustainable fuels company, has entered into a partnership that will see its technology in a new demonstration plant to convert corn stover into industrial sugars.

Westlands Solar Park plan lands major investor

The proposed Westlands Solar Park has landed a major investor and a power-purchase agreement with the City of Anaheim.Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm CIM Group announced this week it has partnered with Westside Holdings, LLC, to invest in the proposed Westlands Solar Park — a master planned development located in a state competitive renewable energy zone that covers 24,000 acres.

EPA fines Fresno facility $34,600

A Fresno heat exchanger refurbishing facility has settled with the Environmental Protection Agency in the amount of $34,600 to resolve hazardous waste violations.

Air district accepting clean tech proposals

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District announced that its seeking proposals for its Technology Advancement Program to fund emission reducing technologies.

Selma almond processor going solar

Raven Farms in Selma is the latest Central Valley farming operation to turn to solar energy as a way to save money.