Energy & Environment

Pacific Ethanol to reopen Madera plant after 5 years

Pacific Ethanol's plant on Avenue 12 in Madera will reopen this spring after being shuttered for five year.Sacramento-based Pacific Ethanol announced it will fire up its Madera production plant after five years in mothballs.

Tulare Co. to welcome five solar arrays

Tulare County is about to get a big dose of renewable energy as Visalia solar firm ImMODO Energy Services cuts the ribbon on five new solar projects Feb. 26.

EPA seeks tougher safety standards for farmworkers 

(AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed strengthening 20-year-old standards aimed at protecting farmworkers from toxic pesticides.

Alpaugh solar field in the works

ConEdison's White River 1 solar field near AlpaughConEdison Development has begun work on its fifth solar project in California with a 26-megawatt solar field planned near the Tulare County town of Alpaugh.

Fresno hearing to discuss water bond

Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) will host a hearing in Fresno on Feb. 20 to discuss plans to deal with California's drought.

Restore the Delta group voices concerns in Fresno

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla talks about protecting the Delta.
Restore the Delta opponents of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnel project proposed for the San Francisco Bay Delta met in Fresno today to urge President Obama not to support the tunnels and the work of federal scientists to restore the Delta.

Firm to show Fresno State wastewater project

BioFiltro's waste water treatment installation at Agrofoods in Malloa, Chile.BioFiltro, a company working out of Fresno State's Water and Energy Technology (WET) Center, is offering tours of its first test facility at Fresno State using earthworms to treat wastewater.

Corcoran school district to unveil solar arrays

Bret Harte Elementary School in CorcoranThe Corcoran Unified School District is expecting huge savings in energy over the next 20 years with the completion of a solar project spanning seven school sites.

Farmers support Feinstein-Boxer water bill

The Senate has taken up a bill to help drought conditions in California.California farming interests are encouraged by Senate legislation that could bring more than 500,000 acre-feet of additional water and $300 million in emergency drought aid.

Obama to visit Fresno, talk about drought

(AP) - President Obama is set to make his first visit to the city of Fresno this Friday to discuss the California's ongoing drought and the federal government's efforts to tackle it.