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California Now Has So Much Solar Power That Electricity Prices Are Going Negative During the Day

California Now Has So Much Solar Power That Electricity Prices Are Going Negative During the Day

“We drastically underestimated the speed at which residential solar was going to come in.” Sun Police California, which gets over a quarter of its electricity from solar, is generating more power than it knows what to do with. On sunny days, there’s now so much solar energy being supplied that electricity prices can dip into the negative, The Washington Post reports — a preview of the economic and infrastructural problems that renewables will have to navigate. “These are not insurmountable challenges,” Michelle Davis at consulting firm Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables, told the WaPo. “But they are challenges that a lot of grid operators have never had to deal with.” Ray Lotta Solar power, unlike energy from fossil fuels, isn’t “dispatchable,” meaning that electricity grid operators can’t control — or even necessarily predict — how much energy it supplies. This comes into play in what’s called “net load”: the total demand for electricity minus the energy supplied by solar and other renewables. What’s left over in that equation is the amount of power from conventional sources …

California, 21 Other States Back EPA Vehicle Emissions Rules

California, 21 Other States Back EPA Vehicle Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A group of 22 states led by California and five cities are backing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new tailpipe emissions rules after 25 Republican-led states sued the agency last week claiming the new regulations were unworkable and unlawful. The lawsuit filed Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenges the 2027-2032 model year EPA vehicle emissions rules that aim to cut fleetwide tailpipe emissions for cars and light trucks by nearly 50% over 2026 levels in 2032. California, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and other states sought to intervene by filing a motion in the lawsuit saying they could be harmed if the EPA did not require future reductions in harmful vehicle emissions. “California won’t sit back – we’re not going to watch radical Republicans put the profits of big oil over the health of our planet,” said Governor Gavin Newsom in a statement. The states joined by the District of Columbia, Los Angeles, New York and Denver, said a win by the Republican states “would contribute to …

With Graduation Near, Colleges Seek to Balance Safety and Students’ Right to Protest Gaza War

With Graduation Near, Colleges Seek to Balance Safety and Students’ Right to Protest Gaza War

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The University of Michigan is informing students of the rules for upcoming graduation ceremonies: Banners and flags are not allowed. Protests are OK but in designated areas away from the cap-and-gown festivities. The University of Southern California canceled a planned speech by the school’s Muslim valedictorian. At Columbia University, where 100 students were arrested last week following protests, officials temporarily canceled in-person classes Monday as they work to find a resolution to the crisis. This is commencement season 2024, punctuated by the tension and volatility that has roiled college campuses since Hamas’ deadly Oct. 7 attack on southern Israel. Militants killed about 1,200 people, most of them civilians, and took roughly 250 hostages. In response, Israel has killed more than 34,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, according to the local health ministry. Since the war began, colleges and universities have struggled to balance campus safety with free speech rights amid intense student debate and protests. Many schools that tolerated protests and other disruptions for months are now doling out more heavy-handed …

Amazon ends California drone deliveries

Amazon ends California drone deliveries

Amazon confirmed it is ending Prime Air drone delivery operations in Lockeford, California. The Central California town of 3,500 was the company’s second U.S. drone delivery site, after College Station, Texas. Operations were announced in June 2022. The retail giant is not offering details around the setback, only noting, “We’ll offer all current employees opportunities at other sites, and will continue to serve customers in Lockeford with other delivery methods. We want to thank the community for all their support and feedback over the past few years.” College Station deliveries will continue, along with a forthcoming site in Tolleson, Arizona set to kick off deliveries later this year. Tolleson, a city of just over 7,000, is located in Maricopa County, in the western portion of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Prime Air’s arrival brings same-day deliveries to Amazon customers in the region, courtesy of a hybrid fulfillment center/delivery station. The company says it will be contacting impacted customers when the service is up and running. There’s no specific information on timing beyond “this year,” owing, in …

A cooler weather pattern to close out April in Southern California

A cooler weather pattern to close out April in Southern California

A cool, wet weather pattern is developing across Southern California, with a deep marine layer bringing clouds and light precipitation to the region early Monday, as well as a drop in temperatures that will persist through the week. “We’re going to have well below normal temperatures over the next couple days,” said Ariel Cohen, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Oxnard. “It will be pretty cool … quite chilly to close out April.” In general, the highs through at least Wednesday are expected to be 5 to 10 degrees below seasonal averages, Cohen said. Along the coast, temperatures will likely remain in the 50s; inland valleys will top out in the 60s; and in the mountains, highs could stay in the 40s. This weather pattern will also bring some sporadic precipitation to the region, but Cohen said if an area gets rain — and he said many places won’t — totals for the week aren’t expected to surpass one-tenth of an inch. “We’re not looking for any serious rain,” Cohen said. It will be a …

Newsom proposes to let Arizona doctors perform abortions in California

Newsom proposes to let Arizona doctors perform abortions in California

In a file photo from Nov. 6, 2022, California Gov. Gavin Newsom appears at a rally in support of Proposition 1, a state constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to abortion and contraception. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption toggle caption Damian Dovarganes/AP In a file photo from Nov. 6, 2022, California Gov. Gavin Newsom appears at a rally in support of Proposition 1, a state constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to abortion and contraception. Damian Dovarganes/AP California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the state is working on emergency legislation that would allow doctors from Arizona to come to California to provide abortions. The announcement comes days after the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the state should follow a law from the 1860s that outlaws abortions in all cases except when the pregnant person’s life is in danger. Newsom, a Democrat, said Sunday during an appearance on MSNBC’s Inside with Jen Psaki that California is in a position to help those who are set to lose the ability to have an abortion in neighboring Arizona. “I think …

PEN America Calls off Awards Ceremony Amid Criticism Over Its Response to Israel-Hamas War

PEN America Calls off Awards Ceremony Amid Criticism Over Its Response to Israel-Hamas War

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing widespread unhappiness over its response to the Israel-Hamas war, the writers’ group PEN America has called off its annual awards ceremony. Dozens of nominees had dropped out of the event, which was to have taken place next week. PEN, a literary and free expression organization, hands out hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes each year, including $75,000 for the PEN/Jean Stein Award for best book. But with nine of the 10 Jean Stein finalists withdrawing, along with nominees in categories ranging from translation to poetry, continuing with the ceremony at The Town Hall in Manhattan proved unworkable. Among those dropping out was debut novel finalist Rachel Eliza Griffiths, wife of former PEN president Salman Rushdie. “This is a beloved event and an enormous amount of work goes into it, so we all regret this outcome but ultimately concluded it was not possible to carry out a celebration in the way we had hoped and planned,” PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said in a statement Monday. The cancellation comes as …

Kroger, Albertsons — Still Hoping to Merge — Agree to Sell More Stores to Satisfy Regulators

Kroger, Albertsons — Still Hoping to Merge — Agree to Sell More Stores to Satisfy Regulators

Supermarket chains Kroger and Albertsons said Monday they will sell more of their stores in an effort to quell the federal government’s concerns about their proposed merger. The companies now plan to sell 579 Kroger and Albertsons stores in markets where they overlap to C&S Wholesale Grocers, a New Hampshire grocery supplier and operator, for $2.9 billion. Under the initial divestiture plan, announced in September, C&S had planned to purchase 413 stores for $1.9 billion. It’s unclear if the new plan will satisfy regulators. In February, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission sued to block the $24.6 billion merger between the grocery giants, saying the lack of competition would lead to higher grocery prices and lower wages for workers. The FTC also said the initial plan to divest 413 stores to C&S was “inadequate” and would give C&S a hodgepodge of unconnected stores and brands, leaving it ill-equipped to compete with a combined Kroger and Albertsons. Under the updated plan, Kroger would sell its Haggen banner to C&S. C&S would also license the Albertsons banner in …

Newsom’s plan to harness California land to fight climate change

Newsom’s plan to harness California land to fight climate change

California has unveiled an ambitious plan to help combat the worsening climate crisis with one of its invaluable assets: its land. Over the next 20 years, the state will work to transform more than half of its 100 million acres into multi-benefit landscapes that can absorb more carbon than they release, officials announced Monday. The so-called nature-based solutions will span natural and working lands such as forests, farms, grasslands, chaparral, deserts and other types of ecosystems and urban environments. Aggressive and impactful reporting on climate change, the environment, health and science. The first-of-its-kind plan — part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s California Climate Commitment geared toward helping the state reach carbon neutrality by 2045 — includes 81 targets that will help harness the power of millions of acres across the Golden State. “We’re setting aggressive and ambitious new targets to use California’s lands to fight the climate crisis,” Newsom said in a statement. “This scale of action is unprecedented, and yet another example of California punching above its weight. From restoring and conserving lands to greening …

Northern California City Relaxes Homeless Rules Amid Federal Lawsuit

Northern California City Relaxes Homeless Rules Amid Federal Lawsuit

Authored by Brian Back via The Epoch Times, The city council of San Rafael in Marin County, California, voted unanimously in a public hearing last week, to approve a more relaxed version of its ordinance dealing with homeless camps and where they are allowed. The ordinance was originally approved by the council in July 2023 to help curb violence, crime, fires, and littering at an encampment dubbed “Camp Integrity” in the Mahon Creek area near James B. Davidson Middle School. Several days before the ordinance was set to take effect, a group of homeless residents represented by a local chapter of the California Homeless Union filed a lawsuit to block it in federal court. A judge tentatively granted their request and has since issued preliminary orders to limit certain aspects of the city ordinance. San Rafael Mayor Kate Colin told the Marin Independent Journal the city has passed numerous ordinances in recent years as encampments have grown along with increased calls for police and fire response, but “has been sued in federal court every single …