Energy & Environment

Fresno officials announce new water restrictions

The City of Fresno has stepped up its conservation measures in response to the ever-receding groundwater levels.

Farmersville getting $500K from new drought aid

(AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced $9.7 million in new drought aid for rural Californians.

Edeniq partners on Chinese biochemical plant

Edeniq, a Visalia-based biomaterials and sustainable fuels company, has entered into a partnership that will see its technology in a new demonstration plant to convert corn stover into industrial sugars.

Westlands Solar Park plan lands major investor

The proposed Westlands Solar Park has landed a major investor and a power-purchase agreement with the City of Anaheim.Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm CIM Group announced this week it has partnered with Westside Holdings, LLC, to invest in the proposed Westlands Solar Park — a master planned development located in a state competitive renewable energy zone that covers 24,000 acres.

EPA fines Fresno facility $34,600

A Fresno heat exchanger refurbishing facility has settled with the Environmental Protection Agency in the amount of $34,600 to resolve hazardous waste violations.

Air district accepting clean tech proposals

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District announced that its seeking proposals for its Technology Advancement Program to fund emission reducing technologies.

Selma almond processor going solar

Raven Farms in Selma is the latest Central Valley farming operation to turn to solar energy as a way to save money.

Records show inspection lapse in oil and gas wells

(AP) — Federal officials in charge of overseeing the drilling of new oil wells on public land in California let three years pass without inspecting some high-priority sites, according to public records.

Rebates spurring electric vehicles in Valley

Electric vehicles are seeing a steady adoption in the San Joaquin Valley compared to other regions of the state, a new map shows.

Study: Valley uses highest share of groundwater

The Central Valley pumped the most groundwater out of any region in the state, with the share even higher during dry years, a new study showed.