California Energy Commission Hosts Workshop on Renewable Energy


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California Energy Commission
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A graduate of Stanford University’s doctoral program, Traci Bliss, PhD, worked as a professor at Idaho State University in Pocatello and Twin Falls. Passionate about conservation, Traci Bliss began her career with the California Energy Commission (CEC), where she helped local governments design energy conservation programs. Today, Traci Bliss continues her conservation passion writing about the history of state parks and beaches in Santa Cruz County.

Established in 1974 as a result of the Warren-Alquist Act, the CEC serves as the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. It strives to reduce overall energy costs as well as environmental impact, such as greenhouse gas emissions.

Throughout the year, the CEC conducts workshops, prepares seminars, and invites speakers to discuss topics pertaining to energy. On March 3, 2017, the CEC and its staff presented a workshop covering the topic of offshore renewable energy in the state. Members of federal and state governments, energy developers, and researchers gathered to discuss offshore renewable energy and how the development of a Data Basin Portal will affect collecting and sharing data. The workshop also covered recent research findings pertaining to offshore wind energy and selecting offshore development sites.

The World’s Tallest Living Tree

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World’s Tallest Living Tree
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Stanford University graduate Traci Bliss, PhD, currently engages in various conservation efforts throughout California’s Santa Cruz County. Traci Bliss has focused especially on the movement to preserve local California redwoods in the region.

According to widely accepted authorities, no tree in the world can grow higher than 130 meters, or about 427 feet. Few species even approach this height outside of California redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), which are generally regarded as the tallest trees in the world. Many believed that the biggest California redwood topped out at 120 meters, or 394 feet, despite historical reports of even taller examples, but about 95 percent of the redwoods that existed 200 years ago have fallen or more recently been cut down, so there is no direct evidence. Other tall trees include the Douglas fir; one historic tree, which is no longer standing, is said to have stood at 410 feet. Less reputable sources throughout the Pacific Northwest and parts of Australia describe redwoods and eucalyptus trees exceeding 130 meters.

More recently, Humboldt Redwoods State Park official Stephen C. Sillett discovered a redwood that measures just over 379 feet, making it the tallest living tree. Affectionately known as Hyperion, its location has not been revealed to the public out of fear that foot traffic might disturb the surrounding ecosystem.