Energy & Environment

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.

San Joaquin Parkway trust launches online guide

The San Joaquin River Parkway & Conservation Trust announced the launch of, an interactive online guide to the San Joaquin River.

California moves to protect tricolored blackbird

(AP) — California has extended emergency endangered species protection to the dwindling tricolored blackbird, which often faces danger as it nests in dairy silage fields in the central part of the state.

Mendota getting Valley's first modular substation

ModPower's modular substation built for KeySpan Energy in New EnglandA new concept in energy distribution is reaching the Central Valley with the modular substation being installed for the North Star solar project near Mendota.