Scotland-California join forces to fight climate change

Scotland has joined forces with California in a bid to tackle climate change. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met with the Governor of California Edmund G Brown this week and discussed how the two nations can work together to achieve the ambitions set out in their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Both countries seek to cut […]

Californian geothermal heats up with two new projects

California aims to slash the costs associated with deploying and operating geothermal energy systems. Currently, 6% of the state’s total power comes from the clean energy source, a figure that could be much higher if the processes involved were made more cost effective. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Berkeley Laboratory have announced the California Energy Commission will provide $2.7 million (£2.2m) […]

California’s computers to go green

California will soon become the first US State to introduce energy efficiency standards for computers. It is hoped energy consumption will be reduced by a third, cutting carbon emissions and saving consumers around $373 million (£300.57m) by 2027. Computers in California currently account for up to 3% of residential and 7% of commercial energy usage, reaching almost 5,610GWh of electricity each year. Desktops are four times more power-intensive […]

California and Massachusetts top US energy efficiency charts

California and Massachusetts are the most energy efficient states in the US. They shared top spot in rankings devised by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). For Massachusetts, this is its sixth consecutive year in first place, though this time it has to share the accolade with the ‘Golden State’ According to the […]

California updates emission reduction targets

A California bill has been passed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% of 1990 levels by 2030. The legislation is an extension of the state’s previous 2020 goals. The State Senate voted 25-13 in support of the bill. Supporters say the green rules have led to new jobs being created and resulted in billions of dollars […]

A million miles for US hydrogen cars

A hydrogen car charging company has powered more than one million emission-free miles in California. True Zero, which operates the world’s largest network of retail hydrogen-charging stations, reached the major milestone last week after opening its first charging station nine months ago. Use of the refueling stations has ramped up since then, with automobile manufacturers such as Toyota, Honda, […]

California computers to become energy efficient

California could become the first state to adopt computer energy efficiency rules. The California Energy Commission (CEC) aims to adopt a set of energy saving guidelines by 2018. It estimates the average upfront cost of a computer will rise by $18 (£13.8) but suggests customers will save around $75 (£57.6) in energy savings over the lifespan of […]

California gets $182m for wastewater project

California will receive funding worth more than $182 million (£127.4m) for water and wastewater projects. The investment aims to reduce water pollution, improve municipal drinking water and wastewater infrastructures and make projects more sustainable by increasing energy efficiency. The money from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) includes $37 million (£25.9m) to double the capacity of […]

California aims for 50% green energy by 2030

California has set a target to produce 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2030. That’s part of the US state’s climate change plans, which aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 1990 levels during the same period. It also plans to decrease the use of petroleum in vehicles by 50% and double energy […]

California’s buildings powered by renewables

California’s state-owned buildings will be powered by renewable energy. The Department of General Services (DGS) has partnered with SMDU, a community-owned and not-for-profit electric service, to purchase 100% of green energy. The SMDU will also power the capital city of Sacramento. Around 108GWh of electricity is expected to be produced and more than 76,000 metric […]