A passengers snaps photos during a mid-day sightseeing cruise of Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal @vegasphotographHoover Dam and Lake Mead are seen from the Arizona side on Jan. 25, 2019. (David Guzman/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @DavidGuzman1985In this July 16, 2014 file photo, what was once a marina sits high and dry due to Lake Mead receding in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona. Extreme swings in weather are expected as part of a changing climate, something Brad Udall, a water and climate research scientist at Colorado State University, has called "weather whiplash." The drought-stricken Southwest got a reprieve this year with average and above-average snowfall following a year that sent many states into extreme drought. Nearly empty reservoirs quickly rose, including Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the largest man-made reservoirs in the country that hold back Colorado River water. (AP Photo/John Locher, … [Read more...] about Drought continues, but Nevada’s already conserving water
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For more than a few San Diego Gas & Electric customers, a summer of discontent has just wrapped up.Record heat in the San Diego area resulted in some residents seeing their monthly bills balloon and their complaints were compounded by a “high usage charge” the California Public Utilities Commission recently put in place.But that’s not the only issue.A year-over-year review by the Union-Tribune of electricity rate charges by the three investor-owned utilities shows SDG&E’s rates are not only higher than their cohorts but they have also been rising faster. Residential baseline rates during the summer months from June 1 through Oct. 1 have gone up 80.7 percent since January 2014. And contrary to goals set by policymakers and regulators to bend upper-tier rates downward, SDG&E’s upper-tier has actually increased since 2014. By contrast, the upper-tier rates of the two other investor-owned utilities in California — Southern California Edison … [Read more...] about Why SDG&E’s rates are higher than other California utilities
By Emily DeRuy | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 9, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: April 9, 2019 at 6:06 am In recent years at the behest of then-Gov. Jerry Brown and other officials, residents in and around San Jose scaled back on watering lawns and long showers to conserve water. But, as the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished. San Jose Water, the local water company, recently sent out a public notice saying it wants to impose a year-long surcharge beginning this summer. The reason? To recover what it described as an “under-collection” of more than $9 million in fixed costs. “The under-collection was a result of water conservation measures established by the State of California and the Santa Clara Valley Water District,” the notice said. In other words, thank you for following the rules and limiting your water usage, but that’s hurt our bottom line, so we’ll be sending you a bill. If the company gets what it … [Read more...] about San Jose Water Company wants to charge residents more for conserving water
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By Jeff Collins | Southern California News Group PUBLISHED: March 11, 2019 at 5:49 am | UPDATED: March 11, 2019 at 5:52 am Lenny Mendonca, chief economic and business advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom, tells business leaders at the state Capitol California needs more housing to drive down prices. “California is too expensive to do business in. A core driver … is housing costs too much,” he said. (Photo by Jeff Collins, the Orange County Register/SCNG) Worry less about how the environmental movement impacts your business and more about how global warming impacts the economy, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, told business leaders during a recent gathering at the state Capitol. Climate change “is not science fiction,” Friedman said. Also speaking were Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, left, and Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena. (Photo by Jeff Collins, the Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsState Sen. Scott … [Read more...] about Housing, global warming to dominate California’s 2019 agenda