Energy & Environment

Tulare County reduces irrigation amid drought

Tulare County officials said millions of gallons of water have been saved from several landscaping conservation efforts enacted in the last year.

Comment period extended for BDCP report

Lead state and federal agencies have extended the public comment period for the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan and associated draft EIR/EIS by an additional 46 days for a total 228-day review period.

Fresno estimates $56M from HERO program

Officials with the City of Fresno expect to see more than $56 million in local economic activity through a new program that helps property owners save energy through their tax bills.

PG&E projects improve Valley service

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. reported the progress on several infrastructure projects throughout its California service territory last year, including more than $198 million to improve service in Fresno County.

Report: Valley makes strides in clean tech

While not a mecca of energy efficiency and innovation like the Bay Area, a new report showed the San Joaquin Valley on the forefront of some important clean technology trends.

Friant goes to court to stop fed water release

The Friant Water Authority is suing the Bureau of Reclamation to stop Friant Dam water releases.The Friant Water Authority, representing water districts in Tulare, Fresno and Kern counties, took to court this week to try to shake lose some water for its hard hit farms and communities.

State OKs expansion of Kettleman waste site

The state has approved expansion for a controversial waste site in Kings County.(AP) — State officials on Wednesday approved a major expansion of a toxic waste landfill in Kings County that residents say has caused birth defects in children.

Study says irrigation can stress San Andreas Fault

(AP) — Excessive groundwater pumping for irrigation in California's agricultural belt can stress the San Andreas Fault, potentially increasing the risk of future small earthquakes, a new study suggests.

Fresno State office tapped for climate change initiative

The Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State was selected as a regional partner in a state-run program to combat climate change.

Fresno biz opening solar design center

SunPower by Quality Home Services of Fresno will open new solar design center in Fresno May 15 to demonstrate its SunPower solar panels and energy monitoring technology.