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Agencies are looking to budget water

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As California's severe drought continues, state and local agencies are looking at budgeting water use by creating a daily water allocation for each household.

Supervisor looks to bring artificial turf incentives back into discussion

County Supervisor Dave Roberts' is hoping that the project to replace his home's front and back grass yards with artificial turf may spark a change in the future of water efficiency rebates offered by local water districts.

Rose Canyon bridge idea may be scrapped

After more than 25 years of debates, hearings and lawsuits, San Diego City Hall seems poised to scrap the idea of building a bridge over the Rose Canyon Open Space Park in University City in favor of letting the neighborhood craft an alternate proposal.

LA wind energy plan hinges on huge caverns

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

US, Calif. release solar project map

SAN FRANCISCO -- State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California's boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates some areas for large-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants and others for conservation of desert habitat and animals.

If your island is sinking, head to Canada

The United Nations climate summit is a reminder that rich countries still aren't ready to make deep cuts to their carbon emissions or make significant payments to help poor countries cope with the consequences of those emissions.

Equinox Center backs San Diego's water recycling plans

The research group Equinox Center has officially endorsed the city of San Diego’s Pure Water project, a 20-year plan for improving local water supply conditions through water recycling.

Cost of fixing climate change will never be free

Is fixing climate change free? That’s the suggestion of an international blue-ribbon panel in a new report, which has been enthusiastically embraced by people who would like to fix climate change.

Driving green cars won't save the Earth

A massive polar ice cap seems to be melting. What are we going to do to stop it?

Winning mobile 'parklet' design unveiled downtown

The winning design in the competition to create San Diego's first mobile "parklet" was unveiled Friday, as the city and the Downtown San Diego Partnership participated in PARK(ing) Day events around the city.

Envision Solar product selected for 'Driving on Sunshine' project

San Diego-based Envision Solar International Inc. (OTCQB: EVSI) announced Thursday that the Schmidt Family Foundation has selected its EV ARC product after considering more than 100 other submissions for projects aimed at increasing the adoption of EVs in the United States.

Supervisor Cox wins planning award

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association has awarded County Supervisor Greg Cox with a statewide planning award, for efforts to create local active transportation and open space projects.

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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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