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May 7 – The Road to 100% Renewables

San Diego New Green Leaders: The Road to 100% Renewables Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 5.30 pm Join New San Diego Green Leaders including County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Kevin Beiser, Vice President/San Diego Unified School District, Executive Vice President Peter Vogel, Wirsol Solar, Canada and other green leaders at Green Experts Academy. Moderator: Prof. Kathleen Connell, Founder of Green Experts Academy. Among the questions we will explore: How does San Diego rapidly become the solar leader in the US, what are the best practices of other global solar leaders? Discover the latest initiatives and challenges in local public policy along with the insights of business leaders, as San Diego moves to a carbon-free future. Mr. Vogel will present on the success strategies that have made cloudy Germany the global solar leader, and how San Diego can benefit from what Germany has learned. Our other leaders will provide unique views on the future of the region and the role of government in renewable policy. Join us for this new event in the Green Experts Academy series of …

Sierra Club Online Tool to Protest San Onofre Restart

 The following email from Martha Sullivan gives information regarding the lastest on the San Onofre proposed restart, along with an online tool from the Sierra Club to register your opposition to that restart.  From Martha: I used the form to email AND fax my comment to all 5 of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners — more ways to tell the NRC how UNACCEPTABLE a finding of “No Significant Hazard” is for SoCal Edison restarting an admittedly defective nuclear reactor at San Onofre are coming, but in the meantime this easy online tool from the Sierra Club’s Angeles Chapter will do quite nicely! Please join me — https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=10821 Martha On Apr 16, 2013, at 6:59 PM, Martha Sullivan wrote: Federal Register Notice published today:  https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/04/16/2013-08888/application-and-amendment-to-facility-operating-license-involving-proposed-no-significant-hazards On Apr 16, 2013, at 4:00 PM, Joe Holtzman wrote: http://www.nrc.gov/info-finder/reactor/songs/tube-degradation.html#summary Next Steps The NRC will continue its independent oversight of the issues at SONGS. The NRC will not allow the plant to restart until we are satisfied that the licensee can operate the plant without undue risk to public health and …

Apr 27 – Scott Peters at Pt. Loma Masonic Hall: Congress on Your Corner

Join Congressman Scott Peters at this month’s Congress on Your Corner! WHERE Pt. Loma Masonic Hall 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107 WHEN Saturday, April 27th, 10.30 am – 12.00 pm • Town Hall – 10.30 am-11.30 am • Congressman and District Staff available for questions –11.30 am-12.00 pm For more information contact the district office (858) 455-5550

Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown – Steamin’ And A-Rollin’ on the California Express

Harold Meyerson has sketched a fascinating profile of Jerry Brown in The American Prospect magazine. But even after 6,000 words Meyerson struggles to capture both the complexity and simplicity of the man. “There’s no living person who knows California better than Jerry Brown,” says Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer of the state AFL-CIO. Brown’s first term as Governor saw the enactment in 1978 of Proposition 13, whereby Howard Jarvis set in slow-motion a train wreck aimed to destroy the California educational system and the state’s standard-setting services. In 1994 Brown could see that Pete Wilson’s Proposition 187 was incredibly short-sighted policy, and that the backlash against it would be strong and have long-lasting consequences for the GOP in California. “Equal treatment for people in unequal conditions isn’t justice,” he tells me. “That’s from Felix Frankfurter, originally from Aristotle.” After witnessing the increasing mockery of the role occupied by Wilson’s bodybuilder puppet, Brown committed and was elected Attorney General in 2006 in preparation for his second stint as Governor. By that time Brown understood there are only …

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)

The Other Kind of Solar Power When you think of Solar Power you usually think of photovoltaic panels. However there is an alternative method to generate electricity from sunlight which has even greater potential. These Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) systems use mirrors (called heliostats) to direct a concentrated large area of sunlight, onto a small area. Electrical power is produced when the concentrated light is converted to heat, which drives a steam turbine connected to an electrical power generator. Such a project is in the final stages of construction right here in our own Southern California area. The Ivanpah Solar Thermal Project is located adjacent to Interstate 15 at Ivanpah Dry Lake, California.
The Ivanpah project is comprised of three new solar thermal power towers which generate steam for three 110 Mega watt (MW) to 126 MW steam turbine generators. Each over 400-foot tall solar power tower will receive solar energy from approximately 60,000 heliostats. The Ivanpah project is anticipated to be the largest solar thermal installation in the world at the time of completion. Technology Ivanpah …

Update from Martha Sullivan on San Onofre (Feb 14)

The following, written February 14, 2013, has been reposted with Martha’s permission: A week ago, our Coalition to Decommission San Onofre (a formal Party in the CA PUC’s Investigation into the San Onofre outage), along with 2 other parties (Ruth Henricks represented by Mike Aguirre, and Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility) protested informal filings at the CPUC by Edison and SDG&E having to do with capital projects being undertaken at San Onofre exceeding $10 million. Our Coalition, joined by Ms. Henricks, particularly objected to Edison & SDG&E spending money to “get Unit 2 ready to restart” in advance of requisite government approvals (specifically, the NRC) — a reason given in these advice letters for some of these capital expenditures.   You can read our full Protest here (PDF). Wednesday afternoon, I received notice from the CPUC that these filings by Edison and SDG&E have been “suspended for a period of up to 120 days beginning February 14, 2013 to allow Energy Division to review” them. This is rather significant, given that Edison argued forcefully that these …