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Lights out! Eclipse to cut solar power in California

California now relies so much on solar power that on Thursday, state officials urged residents to turn off unneeded lights and unplug appliances during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. Even though the sun will be only [Read entire story]

Report: Tesla factory suffered higher injury rate than average

Tesla’s Fremont factory in recent years recorded far higher injury rates than the automotive industry’s average, with serious injuries in 2015 roughly double the norm, according to a report released Wednesday by a [Read entire story]

CA approves new refinery safety rules 5 years after Chevron fire

California regulators on Thursday approved new safety rules for oil refineries, nearly five years after a major fire at Chevron’s Richmond facility sent thousands of East Bay residents to local hospitals. The [Read entire story]

PG&E’s rate hike approved by regulators

California regulators on Thursday authorized Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to increase the amount of revenue it collects from its customers by $1.51 billion spread over the next three years. “It’s very tough to [Read entire story]

SF clean power program’s customers could face higher PG&E fee

Every time a California community starts buying electricity on behalf of its residents — as San Francisco does with its new CleanPowerSF program — the state’s traditional utilities get stuck with excess electrons [Read entire story]

Tesla settles lawsuit over self-driving car secrets

Tesla on Wednesday settled a high-profile lawsuit against one of its former executives and his self-driving car startup, a case that reflected the increasingly fierce competition to perfect autonomous vehicles. The suit [Read entire story]

Continental, 145-year-old auto firm, opens San Jose lab

Auto parts supplier Continental started out 145 years ago in Germany, making rubber. Continental’s 65,000-square-foot research center on North First Street will eventually employ more than 300 people, who will develop [Read entire story]

Solar hits big, brief milestone in California

The administration used data from the California Independent System Operator, which manages the electricity grid across 80 percent of the state and part of Nevada. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on March 11, almost 40 [Read entire story]

Uber fires back at Waymo in self-driving lawsuit

Accused of stealing a key sensor for self-driving cars from rival Waymo, Uber on Friday argued that it started developing its own lidar months before hiring one of Waymo’s former top engineers. Waymo sued Uber in [Read entire story]

California court upholds cap and trade

California’s cap-and-trade system to fight global warming survived a major legal test Thursday when a state appeals court ruled that the auctions at the heart of the system do not constitute an illegal tax. While the [Read entire story]

PG&E agrees to $86.5m penalty in San Bruno fallout; bills to drop

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has agreed to an $86.5 million penalty to settle allegations that the utility engaged in improper back-door communications with state regulators in the wake of the deadly San Bruno pipeline [Read entire story]

Faraday Future pulls plug on Vallejo electric car factory

Troubled electric-car startup Faraday Future has ended talks with Vallejo about building an auto factory on the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, city officials reported Friday. The company — which aims to challenge [Read entire story]

Lucid to offer a cheap(er) version of its luxury electric car

Aspiring Tesla competitor Lucid Motors plans to offer a less-expensive version of its flagship luxury electric sedan, the company announced Wednesday. The standard Lucid Air will go more than 300 miles on a charge, and [Read entire story]

Oakland solar company Sungevity files for bankruptcy

The company specialized in a software platform that connected homeowners interested in going solar with installers who could perform the work, supplying instant online quotes. [...] Sungevity has reportedly been [Read entire story]

Udacity: Teach a car to drive itself, win $100,000

Online learning service Udacity on Wednesday announced an open competition for teams to create one of the central elements of an autonomous car — the programming that tracks pedestrians, bicyclists and other vehicles [Read entire story]

Udacity: Teach a car to drive itself, win $100,000

Online learning service Udacity on Wednesday announced an open competition for teams to create one of the central elements of an autonomous car — the programming that tracks pedestrians, bicyclists and other vehicles [Read entire story]

Regulators considering PG&E gas bill changes after rates outcry

After soaring monthly bills from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. this winter prompted a public outcry, California utility regulators said Thursday that they would consider tweaking natural gas rates to ease the pain. The [Read entire story]

Regulators considering PG&E gas bill changes after rates outcry

After soaring monthly bills from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. this winter prompted a public outcry, California utility regulators said Thursday that they would consider tweaking natural gas rates to ease the pain. The [Read entire story]

Energy-saving PG&E customers will pay more, starting this week

Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s electricity rates are about to undergo a fundamental change, and many Bay Area residents may not like the result. households using large amounts of electricity, many in California’s [Read entire story]

Tesla posts loss but says Model 3 rollout still on track

[...] Musk announced that the company’s chief financial officer since 2015, Jason Wheeler, would leave in April to take a job in public policy. Tesla’s future, not to mention its sky-high stock price, depend on the [Read entire story]