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Energy & Environment

Pacific Ethanol restarts Madera plant

Pacific Ethanol's plant on Avenue 12 in Madera reopened after being shuttered for five years.Pacific Ethanol announced it has restarted its Madera ethanol plant, idle for more than five years.

Report shows energy potential of Valley streams

Several Valley waterways have the power to produce hundreds of megawatts of potential hydropower, a new report by the U.S. Energy Department showed.

California cities dominate dirty-air rankings

(AP) — Cities in California's Central Valley dominate the American Lung Association's annual rankings of the nation's worst air pollution, though traditional dirty-air leader Los Angeles still tops key categories.

Fashion Fair gets sustainable for Earth Day

Fashion Fair's rooftop solar system will generate 964 kilowatts of clean energy when connected.Fashion Fair Mall in Fresno will use Earth Day on April 22 as an opportunity to share about its new rooftop solar system and kick off several other events to promote environmental sustainability.

Lance-Kashian gets second LEED Platinum certification

The Offices at Palm CrossingFresno developer and property manager Lance-Kashian & Co. has earned LEED Platinum certification for the second time for the Offices at Palm Crossing in north Fresno.

Fresno State included in green college guide

For the third consecutive year, Fresno State was named by the Princeton Review as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada.

Salmon released in California river restoration

(AP) — Tens of thousands of spring-run Chinook salmon are being released into the San Joaquin River, marking a major milestone in the federal plan to restore native fish populations to the state's second-longest river.

Valley counties get PG&E payments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. paid more than $302 million in property taxes and franchise fees across its service territory, boosting revenues for cash-starved Valley counties.

California drought spawns well drilling boom 


(AP) — The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands.

Fresno State plans for water reductions

Fresno State is doing its part to alleviate California's drought with a water conservation plan that aims to reduce campus water usage by 20 percent next year.