Energy & Environment

New carbon capture plant commissioned in Tulare County

Officials gather in Pixley yesterday for the commissioning of the Air Liquide carbon capture plant.French firm Air Liquide has started operating a carbon dioxide liquefaction plant in Tulare County that captures carbon emissions and transforms them into products used in the manufacturing and food service industries.

Last drought victims: Q&A on California senior water rights

(AP) — Farmers and other landowners who staked the earliest claims to California's water are last to suffer cutbacks at times of drought under the state's water-rights system. Now the dry spell has become so severe that even these 4,000 "senior water rights holders" could be ordered to stop pumping from rivers and streams. A brief primer:

First time in 95 years, FID to make no water deliveries

The Fresno Irrigation District announced today that for the first time in its 95 years of service, it will make no regular surface water deliveries to growers in its 250,000-acre district.

Coalinga joins PACE homeowner program

The City of Coalinga is the latest Valley municipality to join a program that allows homeowners to pay for water and energy efficiency upgrades via their property tax bills.

Downtown Business Hub unveils vehicle charging stations

The Downtown Business Hub in Fresno is the latest site of new electric vehicle charging stations for the Central Valley.

Fresno’s Cargill plant adopts Tesla battery system

A Tesla rendering shows an application of a Tesla battery system aimed at power utility-scale energy storage.Cargill has teamed with Tesla and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on the installation of a new energy storage system at the company's Fresno beef processing facility.  

Drought: California governor seeks fine for water wasters

(AP) — California businesses and residents that waste the most water as the state copes with a drought should face $10,000 fines, Gov. Jerry Brown said, as his administration rejected calls from cities to relax its mandatory water conservation targets.

Friant Water Authority: Jacobsma out as GM

The Friant Water Authority announced today that longtime General Manager Ron Jacobsma has stepped down.

Drought creates flood of business for synthetic turf industry

Blaine McQuown and Matt Price, owners of the SYNLawn of Central California distributorship, show off the latest synthetic turf products outside their Clovis headquarters. Photo by George LurieBusiness is booming at Valley synthetic turf installers.

Leadership Fresno dives into ‘water-wise’ class project

Leadership Fresno Class 31 hopes to draw attention to the beauty and benefits of “water-wise landscaping” with its new Woodward Park project.In a sign of these drought-stricken times, members of the current Leadership Fresno class have chosen an apt challenge for their class project: creating a xeriscaped “demonstration garden” in northeast Fresno’s Woodward Park.