Next 10: Unraveling California’s Ties To Petroleum

by Dana Hull

June 19, 2013

California is a leader on the renewable energy front: utilities are well on their way to meeting the 33 percent RPS mandate, rooftop solar power is growing like crazy, and there are big desires to electrify transportation via High Speed Rail.

But a new report, released by the nonprofit, nonpartisan group Next 10, notes that a variety of policies keep California locked into a transportation system that is largely dependent on oil. Part of it is sheer size: there are 35,209,430 registered motor vehicles in the state.

California solar power hitting records

Jun 13, 2013, 7:15am PDT

Solar power generation is rising in California, breaking records twice in the past week, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.

On Friday, the state hit an all-time high output of 2,071 megawatts of electrical generation 12:59 p.m. That record was broken again at 12:53 p.m. on Monday, when output reached 2,104 megawatts.

It was just last September that California for the first time peaked at 1,000 megawatts.