Energy & Environment

Governor signs first California groundwater rules 

(AP) — California will no longer be the only western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater.

Dominion to buy 2 solar projects in Calif.

(AP) — Dominion Resources is planning to buy two solar projects in California.

Field Poll: Water bond leads among likely voters

(AP) — A new Field Poll finds slightly more than half of likely voters approve of a $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot, however the share was less in the Central Valley.

Solar systems turned on at Coalinga prison, hospital

Coalinga State Hospital and Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga will now get a portion of their power from two new solar system built by SunEdison.

Air district opens waste truck grant period

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has opened a round of grants to fund new heavy-duty waste transfer trucks.

California environmentalists decry feds' fire plan 

(AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists have called it a travesty and are threatening to sue.

EPA to clean up Downtown Fresno site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will remove several underground tanks from a former gas station in downtown Fresno at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. 

Madera Pacific Ethanol plant lands sweet neighbor

Pacific Ethanol has decided to locate a New York-based cellulosic sugar producer near the Madera plant as part of a new partnership.It’s better times for California’s ethanol producers, with investment dollars flowing into technology to make production plants more efficient and diverse in the feedstocks they accept.

Former Fresno Army barracks being reused

A former Army barracks at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport is becoming useful again for recycled products and as an exhibit honoring the airport's military roots.

Fresno Co. joins HERO energy program

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to join the HERO program, giving property owners another financing tool to make water and energy improvements.