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  • Worst drought in history? Not close, California Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    Joe Del Bosque, president of Del Bosque Farms, picks an asparagus stalk in Firebaugh, California, April 6, 2015.

    Scientists say in the more ancient past, California had droughts for decades or even centuries. New York Times reports.

  • 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...

  • Forget 'food trucks'—California has water trucks Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 1:31 PM ET
    Water truck delivery at home just outside Clovis, California.

    Neeley Keeney's water delivery service is struggling to keep up with a booming demand in the drought-parched San Joaquin Valley.

  • 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...

  • Santa Barbara's drought plan: Tap the Pacific Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 12:07 PM ET
    Santa Barbara, California

    Faced with California’s worsening drought and shrinking local water supplies, Santa Barbara is looking to the sea for salvation.

  • 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...

  • FRESNO, Jan 6- California's business leaders on Tuesday ceremoniously broke ground on the country's largest and most ambitious plan for high-speed rail that would eventually transport passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours. "This is important," Brown insisted, at the groundbreaking in Fresno. Construction began last year...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 5- California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday laid out an ambitious plan for 50 percent of the state's electricity to be generated by renewable resources over the next 15 years and to cut petroleum usage by drivers. SolarCity Corp, the largest U.S. residential solar panel installer, and Vivint Solar Inc are already big players in California.