California is well behind global leaders and the US East Coast in advancing offshore wind energy, but Governor Gavin Newsom has just signed long-overdue legislation to jump-start the industry in the state.
Blistering heatwaves, crippling drought and catastrophic wildfires – abnormal is the new normal in California. Weaning the state off fossil fuels will help tackle these interlinked threats.
Microgrids – local power grids that can operate independently of the larger grid – are becoming an indispensable tool in building a clean, flexible, secure and cheaper energy system.
Data from the 2020 Californian wildfire season shows that increased levels of smoke in the air caused daily solar generation to drop by around one-third.
Offshore wind can complement solar to get California to its zero-carbon electricity target, says state energy commissioner Karen Douglas.
Clean energy entrepreneur Danny Kennedy believes California’s Salton Sea geothermal field could be “a green, home-grown lithium resource” unlocking transport electrification.
Disruptions at two San Francisco Bay Area refineries underline the importance of political leaders working hand in hand with industry.