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A new report by two independent research firms has ranked every region in California by environmental indicators, like electricity consumption and solar panel installation -- and the Inland Empire got some mixed results.  KVCR's Ben Purper has more.

The recently-released 2017 Green Innovation Index put out by the independent research groups Next 10 and Beacon Economics ranks every major region of California according to environmental indicators.

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On August 21, the U.S. will experience its first total solar eclipse since 1979.  While Californians will only see a partial eclipse, the rare event will darken skies and challenge the electric grid.  Amy Quinton reports.

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Authorities who oversee California's electric grid are warning of a possible disruption in electricity delivery when a solar eclipse takes place next month.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Riverside County Supervisors are drafting a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell voicing their displeasure with the Obama Administration's conservation plan for huge swaths of the county's desert.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem says future solar development is a key factor in the dispute.

Professionals in the solar energy industry gathered for a conference at UC Riverside yesterday (Thursday).  Both the public and private sector came together to examine what energy opportunities await the Inland Empire.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem was there and has this report.

California energy regulators say they will need to upgrade the state's power grid in order to meet a new law mandating 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. From Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, Ben Bradford reports.

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Steven Cuevas with the California Report interviews Press-Enterprise environmental reporter David Danelski about growing scrutiny of the technology , environmental damage, and expense at the massive Ivanpah Solar Facility in the San Bernardino County high desert.

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California regulators are considering changes to the compensation utilities must pay households with rooftop solar.  The solar industry says the wrong decision could doom the growing solar sector.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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In San Francisco this week, hearings got under way about whether power companies can charge people with rooftop solar panels more and compensate them less for generating excess power back into the grid.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the hearings before the state's Public Utilities Commission.

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Climate change has clearly caught the attention of Californians. A new poll shows wide support for the state's current and future efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. From Capital Public Radio - Ben Adler reports.

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California Governor Jerry Brown's budget revisions include spending more than two-billion dollars from the state's cap and trade program.  But as Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, money from the greenhouse gas reduction program is already helping some homebuyers this fiscal year.

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The manager of California's power grid says additional supply, mostly from solar sources, will help it meet electricity demand this summer.  Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports.