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  • California officials propose higher rates for some Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 9:06 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— California households that use the least electricity would start paying more for it, under a proposal put before state utility regulators on Tuesday intended to bring the prices charged for electricity more in line with its actual costs. "Conservation efforts are going to struggle... and families in California who can least afford to see their...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 16- California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday promised to consider the concerns of businesses affected by his order to cut urban water use by 25 percent as the prolonged drought in the most populous U.S. state drags into its fourth year. Brown, a Democrat, met Thursday with representatives from businesses that would be affected by...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back. Maggie Hassan, also a Democrat, pointed to efforts there, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California's drought is not likely to have a significant effect on the state's economy or budget despite leading to cutbacks on farms, a nonpartisan fiscal analyst said Tuesday. Jerry Brown warns might be the new normal in California, is a long-term risk to the state economy if it slows home construction or leads to higher food prices.

  • LOS ANGELES— Water deliveries to more than two dozen cities and agencies serving 19 million people in Southern California could be curtailed under a plan proposed by one of the state's largest water wholesalers amid severe drought. The district serves parts of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 9- The administration of California Governor Jerry Brown hit back on Thursday against criticism that its drought conservation mandates apply to consumers but do not include the state's $45 billion agriculture business. "Agriculture in California produces the food we all rely on," said Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird at a...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 6- A spring storm was expected to bring several inches of rain to some areas of drought-parched California and up to two feet of snow to mountains beginning late on Monday, just days after Governor Jerry Brown ordered sweeping cuts in water use. Brown last week ordered residents and businesses across California to cut water use by 25 percent in...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 2- California oil producers used 214 acre-feet of water, equivalent to nearly 70 million gallons, in the process of fracking for oil and gas in the state last year, less than previously projected, state officials told Reuters on Thursday. The practice has been criticized in the state, which is suffering from a drought so severe that Governor...

  • PHILLIPS, Calif., April 1- California Governor Jerry Brown, in his most sweeping action to combat a devastating multi-year drought, ordered residents and businesses on Wednesday to cut water use by 25 percent in the first mandatory statewide reduction in California history. The move comes as California's snowpack, which generally provides about a third of the...

  • PHILLIPS, Calif., April 1- California farmers, already hit by reductions in the amount of water they can buy for irrigation, will not be held to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's order on Wednesday for a 25 percent reduction in water use in the state's prolonged drought.

  • California imposes mandatory water restrictions Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 2:51 PM ET
    Men walk past a bench with a sign telling people to only water their lawns three times a week, March 24, 2015, in Los Angeles.

    Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order slashing water use by 25 percent to deal with a drought that just won't quit. NBC News reports.

  • SACRAMENTO, April 1- California Governor Jerry Brown, acting as the state enters the fourth year of a record-breaking drought, on Wednesday ordered a mandatory 25 percent reduction in water usage for cities and towns. Brown said the move, which comes as California reports its lowest snowpack levels on record and is a first of its kind in California, would save some...

  • SACRAMENTO, April 1- California Governor Jerry Brown, acting in the face of the state's multiyear drought, on Wednesday ordered a 25 percent reduction in water usage for cities and towns across the state.

  • CA farmers fight for 'survival' as drought worsens Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    Irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between the rice farms to provide water for the rice fields in Richvale, Calif.

    California is bracing for year four of a major drought and many farmers already are reducing acreage.

  • California carbon revenue hits $1.6 billion Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 6:46 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 17- California's February carbon permit auction raised $629.5 million, bringing the state's total from the program's 10 quarterly auctions almost to $1.6 billion, state officials said on Tuesday. Funds raised by the sale of the permits to large emitting businesses like oil refineries and cement manufacturers are deposited into a state...

  • March 4- U.S. solar project developer SunEdison Inc is expanding into the fast-growing market for grid energy storage with the acquisition of a startup that pairs big batteries with solar installations. SunEdison said its purchase of Solar Grid Storage LLC, to be announced on Thursday, will allow it to begin building a storage plan across the country, Tom Leyden,...

  • The Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, located in Riverside County about 170 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, was operating at full capacity and providing 550 megawatts of electricity to the grid, the Department of the Interior said. The power generated is being provided to Pacific Gas& Electric Company and Southern California Edison under long-term contracts,...

  • Orange County, Ca. Jan 27- Welcome to the utility industry's future- or at least that's what Southern California Edison is hoping. Here in a non-descript, 53,500- square-foot building, the $12 billion utility's research team is testing everything from charging electronic vehicles via cell phone to devices that smooth out the power created by rooftop solar...

  • Orange County, Ca. Jan 27- Welcome to the utility industry's future- or at least that's what Southern California Edison is hoping. Here in a non-descript, 53,500- square-foot building, the $12 billion utility's research team is testing everything from charging electronic vehicles via cell phone to devices that smooth out the power created by rooftop solar...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan 9- California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown on Friday released his 2015-16 state budget, calling for $113 billion in proposed general fund spending, up just 1.4 percent from the year before despite the state's substantial economic recovery. Brown stuck to his plan to increase funding for the University of California by 4 percent, but...