Energy & Environment

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.

ImMODO building three new solar arrays

ImMODO Energy Services is working on three solar arrays in Farmersville, Porterville and Hanford.After flipping the switch on six solar arrays earlier this year, ImMODO Energy Services of Visalia is set to add another three to its energy portfolio some time in the summer.

Manure loop to fuel ethanol plant digester

The Calgren Renewable Fuels ethanol plant in Pixley has embarked on a methane digester project as part of a partnership with nearby dairies.Four years after proposing to use dairy waste to help in its ethanol production, Calgren Renewable Fuels of Pixley is full steam ahead on a biomethane digester that will replace thousands of gallons of natural gas needed for heat and steam.

Visalia approves two new PACE programs

The Visalia City Council voted on two resolutions to give homes and commercial facilities in the city a few new tools for financing water and energy upgrades.