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Faulconer Move Puts Pressure on SDG&E, Moves San Diego Closer to Buying Its Own Power

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is moving ahead with the city’s plans to buy power from someone other than San Diego Gas & Electric, but he’s given the power company a chance to make its case to preserve its monopoly. The city has an ambitious plan to fight climate change. It says 100 percent of electricity sold within city limits must come from renewable sources by 2035. Right now, SDG&E is the greenest major power company in the state but still gets most of its power by burning natural gas.

Study: Media Coverage of Drought Spurred California Water Conservation

When the California drought began to take hold in 2011, a mysterious thing happened: People began cutting back drastically on their water consumption – even before mandatory conservation was ordered by their local water agencies and state government. Newsha Ajami, director of Urban Water Policy with Stanford University’s Water in the West program, started hearing about this from water utilities during the drought. After the drought ended, she and a team of graduate students started to investigate why it happened.

Recent Storms Raise Lake Oroville Water Level About 4 Feet

The storms that blew through Northern California this week raised the water level of Lake Oroville about 4 feet, but it’s a long way from where the spillways might need to be used. The lake started rising about noon on Wednesday, according to the Department of Water Resources website, and in the next 48 hours climbed to about 695.5 feet above sea level by noon Friday. That’s 118 feet below the gates that would allow the repaired main spillway to be used, and 206 feet below the lip of the emergency spillway, where repair work is continuing.


Shortfall In Funds For Needed Dam Repairs

Ten years after learning of the need to replace or repair the dam at Lake Wohlford, officials at the city of Escondido are still trying to raise the money. It’s a substantial sum — $45 million to $50 million — and they’re about halfway to it. Completion of the project would enable the city to store about twice as much water as it now can in the man-made reservoir and still prevent flooding from the structure in the event of a big earthquake.