California agency investigates Tesla over safety concerns

The probe follows allegations the car manufacturer failed to disclose legally mandated reports on serious worker injuries

US issues record $11bn in green municipal bonds

Green municipal bond issuance in the US reached a record $11 billion (£7.7bn) last year. That’s an increase from $7.11 billion (£5bn) in 2016, according to latest figures from the Climate Bonds Initiative. It states New York took the lead from California, with the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) issuing $2.17 billion (£1.5bn) – the […]

California sues Trump over rollback of fracking rules

California’s attorney general said the state has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over its decision to repeal fracking rules. The US Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) 2015 fracking legislation required companies to provide data on chemicals used in fracking and to take steps to prevent leakage from oil and gas wells on federally-owned […]

Toyota to build ‘first’ MW-scale hydrogen fuel plant

Toyota plans to build what it claims will be the world’s first MW-scale clean energy and hydrogen generation facility in California. The vehicle manufacturer will use the Tri-Gen site to convert bio-waste into water, electricity and hydrogen to power its operations at the Port of Long Beach. When it comes online in 2020, it is […]

First US eHighway demonstration in California

An eHighway demonstration has been launched in the Californian city of Carson. Three freight trucks are running along the stretch of the one mile highway, using technology from Siemens to electrify select lanes via an overhead system. The catenary system supplies the trucks with electric power and also allows their operaton outside the electrified parts […]

California, Ontario and Québec to link carbon markets

California, Ontario and Québec have signed an agreement to link their carbon markets. The deal officially links joins individual cap-and-trade programmes, creating “an expanded and dynamic carbon market, which will drive down greenhouse gas emissions”, according to California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Ontario will formally enter the Québec-California carbon market on 1st January 2018, […]

California extends emissions reduction programme

A US Governor has signed a landmark climate bill to extend and improve an emissions reduction programme in California. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. extended the cap-and-trade scheme, which provides economic incentives for the successful reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The programme, which would have expired without legislative action, aims to ensure the state will meet its […]

Trump administration ‘broke law on energy efficiency rules’

The Trump Administration has been accused of violating the law by not publishing energy efficiency standards. The California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman yesterday filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Energy (DoE). Joined by 11 other Attorney Generals and the City of New York, they say the DoE failed […]

California-China join forces on climate and cleantech

California and China have signed an agreement to work together on climate change and clean energy technologies. The Government of California and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology aim to co-operate on emissions trading and explore other “climate positive” trade and investment opportunities. They have also agreed to establish the California-China Clean Technology Partnership, designed […]

California’s new homes to be zero carbon by 2020

California has established a goal for all new residential buildings to be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020. The Department of Energy’s (DoE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has launched two projects to help the state meet these targets. The California Energy Commission (CEC) is providing $2 million (£1.56m) in funding for the two projects. The […]