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Are recent declines in electric vehicle sales in California just a blip? Or a long-term trend?

Are recent declines in electric vehicle sales in California just a blip? Or a long-term trend?

Sales of electric vehicles in California hit an all-time high at the start of last summer. But registrations declined in the third quarter of 2023 and slipped again in the final three months of the year. Is it a statistical fluke, or does it indicate a trend?It’s a question with plenty of ramifications for the state’s clean transportation goals — especially since Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2020 issued an executive order mandating the elimination of all new sales of gasoline-powered passenger vehicles in the Golden State by 2035.Newsom and officials in his administration say the focus on the...

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Critics of California's recent change in solar rules take their case to state Supreme Court

Critics of California's recent change in solar rules take their case to state Supreme Court

Despite being turned back by the California Public Utilities Commission and an appeals court in San Francisco, three groups have taken their fight to overturn recently passed rules regarding rooftop solar to the California Supreme Court.The San Diego-based Protect Our Communities Foundation joined the Environmental Working Group and the Center for Biological Diversity in filing a petition for review Monday afternoon with the high court. The groups argue that a decision issued last month by the First Appellate District wrongly upheld the utilities commission’s vote that overhauled net energy...

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A heavy chunk of the San Onofre nuclear plant is slowly moving to Utah

A heavy chunk of the San Onofre nuclear plant is slowly moving to Utah

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | AdvertisementAdvertisement A 770-ton portion of the now shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, known as SONGS for short, is slowly making its way to a final resting place at a disposal facility in Utah.A reactor pressure vessel that helped Unit 1 at SONGS generate electricity and is now at an industrial park in North Las Vegas, Nevada, about to be taken some 450 miles north on roads, accompanied by a pair Nevada Highway Patrol trooper pilot cars, to the Utah border.The shipment will then continue, reaching the in the town of Clive,...

June 20, 2020
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770-ton load from San Onofre nuclear plant finishes trip to Utah

770-ton load from San Onofre nuclear plant finishes trip to Utah

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | AdvertisementAdvertisement The seven-week journey of a 770-ton shipment of an old but vital piece of the San Onofre nuclear power plant has been completed.The reactor pressure vessel that helped generate electricity at Unit 1 of the plant arrived last week at a licensed disposal site about 75 miles west of Salt Lake City after being shipped by rail and then over highways in Nevada and Utah. , said removing the vessel “is an important milestone” in the larger efforts to decommission the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, known as SONGS...

July 20, 2020
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Bars back in business but not all are planning to take the leap to reopen

Bars back in business but not all are planning to take the leap to reopen

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | AdvertisementAdvertisement For the last three months, the Air Conditioned Lounge has been closed, its lively dance club silenced, but that doesn’t mean the North Park venue hasn’t been preparing for its reopening Friday, when bars finally get to resume business.“The bar has been maintained the whole time because we got federal PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) money so I continued to pay the staff and they’d come and clean the place,” said owner Gary John Collins, whose bar doesn’t sell food, unlike many San Diego County bars that got to...

June 12, 2020
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San Diego County moves to join a community choice energy program

San Diego County moves to join a community choice energy program

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | AdvertisementAdvertisement The late Tuesday night took a step toward having unincorporated areas of the county join one of two community choice aggregation programs in the region that serve as alternatives to San Diego Gas & Electric when it comes to purchasing energy contracts.The board, on a 4-1 vote, adopted a set of revised guiding principles and directed the county to start discussions with — a five-city CCA that began lining up customers last month — and the — a CCA consisting of the North County cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach and...

April 7, 2021
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'Stay open and fight for your rights,' say San Diego businesses defying shutdown order

'Stay open and fight for your rights,' say San Diego businesses defying shutdown order

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | AdvertisementAdvertisement After spending thousands of dollars on a tented, outdoor dining space for customers at her nearly year-old vegan restaurant in North Park, owner Alondra Ruiz made a risky decision. She would stay open in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s latest stay-at-home order barring indoor and outdoor dining.“I hope this inspires small businesses to stand up,” Ruiz said, addressing her followers on an Instagram post that drew hundreds of comments, many of them supportive. “Fight for your business that you invested so much time...

December 10, 2020
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