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CPUC OKs construction of NRG Energy’s Puente Power Project in Oxnard

By   /  Thursday, May 26th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on CPUC OKs construction of NRG Energy’s Puente Power Project in Oxnard

The California Public Utilities Commission greenlit Oxnard’s Puente Power Project at a May 26 meeting in San Francisco. In a 5-0 vote, the commission unanimously approved a contract between Southern California Edison and Houston-based NRG Energy to build a 262-megawatt peaker plant on the site of the 57-year-old Mandalay Generating Station. Over the past several Read More →

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Ventura’s Biodico gets $1.2 million grant farm electricity project

By   /  Friday, May 20th, 2016  /  Agribusiness, Energy, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Ventura’s Biodico gets $1.2 million grant farm electricity project

Ventura biofuel company Biodico received a $1.2 million grant from the California Energy Commission for its solar, wind and bioenergy project, “Zero Net Energy Farms.” Through the project, Biodico plans to generate enough electricity to power a farm onsite and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The grant was awarded through the CEC’s Electric Program Investment Charge Read More →

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Hydrogen fueling station serves Central Coast

By   /  Friday, May 20th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast  /  Comments Off on Hydrogen fueling station serves Central Coast

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Dubroff: Plains prosecution either carefully crafted or grandstanding

By   /  Friday, May 20th, 2016  /  Columns, Energy, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: Plains prosecution either carefully crafted or grandstanding

Henry Dubroff

There are two ways to look at the May 17 announcement that Plains All American Pipeline will face criminal charges over last year’s Refugio oil spill. During a press conference that made national news, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley said that a California grand jury had indicted Read More →

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Federal regulators say Plains failed to prevent Refugio oil spill

By   /  Thursday, May 19th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news, middle  /  Comments Off on Federal regulators say Plains failed to prevent Refugio oil spill

Story updated at 5:20 p.m. May 19: Plains All American Pipeline did not adequately protect its lines from corrosion, properly measure the worn pipes nor respond quickly enough to the Refugio oil spill, according to a final report from the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued May 19. PHMSA, the federal entity that regulated Plains Read More →

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Plains faces criminal charges over Refugio oil spill

By   /  Tuesday, May 17th, 2016  /  Energy, Top Stories, Top Story  /  Comments Off on Plains faces criminal charges over Refugio oil spill

Story updated at 2:30 p.m. May 17: A California grand jury has indicted Plains All American Pipeline on four felony counts in connection with the Refugio oil spill, prosecutors announced on May 17. The Houston-based oil and gas infrastructure company is facing 46 criminal charges for the May 19, 2015 oil spill that soiled the Read More →

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Phillips 66 crude-by-rail project continued

By   /  Monday, May 16th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Phillips 66 crude-by-rail project continued

Story updated at 10 p.m. May 16: The Phillips 66 proposal to expand its crude-by-rail project was continued until September. The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission rejected a motion to deny the project at its meeting on May 16. Phillips 66 plans to build a rail spur that would connect its refinery to Union Pacific’s major interstate Read More →

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