Energy & Environment

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.

Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

(AP) — Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes.

Fire near Yosemite that 1,000 fled doesn't grow 

(AP) — Officials say a California wildfire that has forced about 1,000 people from their homes in the foothills near Yosemite National Park is holding steady amid higher humidity and calmer winds.

Wildfire near Yosemite threatens 500 structures

(AP) — Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park in recent weeks.

Dinuba solar project to wrap up in fall

A set of solar systems are under construction in Dinuba, on their way to offset the energy needs at five city-owned sites.

Four local firms make national solar contractor list

Clovis-based solar contractor Arise Solar has earned the 173 spot on a 2014 list of the "Top 400 Solar Contractors in North America."