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Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth is cofounder and managing editor of California Current. She has reported on energy, the climate crisis, water and health issues for various publications and organizations.

electric vehicles
Elizabeth McCarthy

Used EV batteries could get a second life storing clean energy on California's grid

A surge in retired EV batteries is helping to eliminate second-life EV battery storage hurdles, just in time to help meet clean energy mandates.

Used EV batteries could get a second life storing clean energy on California's grid
green hydrogen
Elizabeth McCarthy

Los Angeles plans to jump-start a green hydrogen market in the US

LA wants to fuel its public utility with carbon-free hydrogen. Can it break through the nascent industry’s economic and technical challenges?

Los Angeles plans to jump-start a green hydrogen market in the US
electric vehicles
Elizabeth McCarthy

EV charger installations in California are bogged down by local permitting

A six-year-old permitting law hasn’t unblocked installation delays — so state lawmakers are now considering mandates.

EV charger installations in California are bogged down by local permitting
securitization
Elizabeth McCarthy

PG&E’s $7.5B securitization: A bellwether for utility efforts to cover the costs of climate change?

Wildfire liability financing under scrutiny in California could presage efforts in other states to offset costs of coal plant retirements and climate-change mitigations.

PG&E’s $7.5B securitization: A bellwether for utility efforts to cover the costs of climate change?