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Cap-and-trade auction results reported

The California Air Resources Board released on Thursday results from the state's carbon allowances auction on Aug. 18, noting that more than 22.47 million vintage 2014 allowances were sold.

Living Coast Discovery center receives grant from SDG&E

The Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista has been awarded a $25,000 Environmental Champions grant from San Diego Gas & Electric.

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in midair

IVANPAH DRY LAKE — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

Children's Pool closing for seal pupping season gets Coastal Commission OK

A plan to close public access to the La Jolla Children's Pool for five months each year for the next five years during the harbor seal pupping season has been approved by the California Coastal Commission.

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy adds Jessica Norton to staff

The nonprofit San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy announced on Tuesday that it has added Jessica Norton to its conservancy staff.

Investment decision reached for Sempra's LNG project

Sempra Energy announced that the Cameron Liquefaction Project sponsors have each approved a final investment decision for the natural gas liquefaction and export project planned at the site of Sempra Energy's Cameron LNG receipt terminal in Hackberry, La.

How to fit a wind farm into your portfolio

NEW YORK (AP) -- You can now fit a wind or solar farm into your portfolio, even if your portfolio isn't exactly vast.

NECA student chapter at SDSU going to Energy Challenge final round

The San Diego chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association announced Monday that its partner student chapter at San Diego State University has advanced as one of three finalists in the 2014 Green Energy Challenge.

Sapphire Energy announces new CEO James Levine

Sapphire Energy Inc., a San Diego-based developer of algae cultivation technologies, announced the appointment of biotechnology veteran James Levine as president, CEO and member of the board of directors.

It takes a rancher to save Brazilian rainforests

In the ongoing pillage of tropical rainforests, villains are plenty. None has stoked imaginations like the Amazonian rancher.

OneRoof Energy partners with Elevate

Solar energy service provider OneRoof Energy Inc. announced the inclusion of its rooftop solar services and financing to the integrated digital services offerings for Elevate, a multiplatform digital subscription service provider.

Drought hinders Calif.'s clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.

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Roundtables

Solar industry execs talk of dwindling incentives, effect of materials pricing on market

As November’s general election creates numerous possibilities for policy change both in San Diego and across the country, a group of executives from companies and groups involved in the expansion of solar energy systems discussed the state of their economies at a Daily Transcript roundtable.

Building industry needs education on energy efficiency, experts say

As the number of buildings attaining LEED status in San Diego continues to rise, the definition of energy efficiency and the technologies that make for it continue to evolve.

Renewables not a flash in the pan, energy leaders say

In the aftermath of the summer bankruptcy of the government-backed California solar panel maker Solyndra, expectations among renewable energy wonks, who describe the company’s failure as an outlier among many successes, remain generally high. But some policy research analysts are more skeptical — not doubtful, but still skeptical.

Local companies, nonprofits work to battle longstanding skepticism

Last week, millions in San Diego County found themselves without electricity in the wake of a multi-state blackout. But not everyone was without power.

Profiles

Lee Krevat talks future of the smart grid

Working in the energy business was never a goal for Lee Krevat, now the director of smart grid and clean transportation for San Diego Gas & Electric, and in fact was the result of a begrudgingly made career switch from Silicon Valley at the behest of his family.

Pearson Fuels celebrates 10 years

It took eight years of operating in the red before Pearson Fuels began to turn a profit, but now that the alternative-fuels gas station and distributer is celebrating its 10th anniversary, it is finally seeing revenues in the multiple six-figure range, general manager Mike Lewis said. What’s his advice to others considering entering the market? “Don’t do it.”

Making a life from a father's gift

When entering San Diego's business community about 30 years ago, Clint Walker’s aim had nothing to do with being in the solar business. His success as the co-founder and president of Southwestern Solar Systems since his entrance to the business in 2009 came about in much the same fashion his other major endeavors have.

Clean tech advocate, woman of action

Holly Smithson's thirst for action and results led her to CleanTECH San Diego, the industry association that was just being put together back then by Mayor Jerry Sanders and Jim Waring, its founder chairman.

Kyocera Solar director pursues calling to help humanity

When Cecilia Aguillon, director of marketing and government relations for Kyocera Solar Inc., immigrated to the United States from El Salvador as a teen, she grew into a young adult with a lofty goal in mind: to save the world.

Newsmaker videos

Southwestern Solar Systems

Clint Walker from Southwestern Solar Systems explains the benefits of Solar Electric for your business.

Environmental Innovation Videos

CCSE's Sachu Constantine on the solar industry

Oct. 9, 2012 -- George Chamberlin talks with Sachu Constantine, director of policy at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, about the solar industry and what its impacts are on the region, state and country.

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