Renewable energy

5:33pm

Mon August 11, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

The Altamont Pass -- good for renewable energy, bad for birds

Wildlife biologist Doug Bell birdwatching at the Altamont Pass
Judy Silber

If you remember the early 1970s, you remember the long gas lines during the Middle East oil embargo. The crisis was a sharp reminder of U.S. dependency on foreign oil. Soon after, the government began investing in alternative energy.

California entrepreneurs saw potential in the gusty winds that blew out at the Altamont Pass, between the Central Valley and Bay Area. By the mid-’80s, the Altamont was the country’s biggest wind farm. To many, the turbines were more than a new technology. They were symbols of hope, a sign of progress and a world that no longer relied on fossil fuels.

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10:21am

Thu May 8, 2014
City Visions: May 12, 2014

Your rooftop solar questions answered

Credit inhabit.com

As rooftop solar development in the Bay Area takes off, what does the consumer need to know? Host Joseph Pace and guests discuss the risks and rewards of going solar and the ongoing debate among advocates and utilities over how solar customers should be compensated for the power they produce.

Producer: Susie Britton

  Guests:

- Steve Weissman, Director of the Energy Program, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, Berkeley Law

- Cal Broomhead, Manager of the Climate and Energy Program, San Francisco Department of the Environment

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5:18pm

Wed September 25, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

A Kickstarter for your electricity bill

Solar workers installing panels on the Shawl Anderson Dance Center
Andreas Karelas

5:40pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

What electricity choices could look like

Mike Parker reviewing his energy bill
Laura Flynn

You might have heard about CleanPowerSF in the news recently. KCBS reports that, “for nine years, the city has been trying to come up with a renewable energy program where people can buy their power from a provider other than PG&E.”

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4:56pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Prop 39 will close tax loophole, raise funds for renewable energy

Proposition 39, which passed on Election Day, will tax out-of-state businesses and earmark those new billions of dollars for clean energy programs.

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