Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.

Stories by Molly Peterson

LA city council sends signal to DWP on energy rates

A divided Los Angeles city council has recommended an immediate increase in energy rates for Department of Water and Power customers. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that the council vote water and power commissioners.

Skid Row Housing Trust breaks ground on mixed-use project

In downtown Los Angeles, the Skid Row Housing Trust has broken ground on a new mixed-use project that will provide housing and support services for a hundred formerly homeless people.

Villaraigosa: City council's proposed DWP rate increase a good compromise

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LA mayor urges city council to approve DWP rate hike

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is urging members of the city council to support what he calls a compromise plan to raise energy rates more slowly and with more reforms at the city’s Department of Water and Power.

Air regulators' latest AB32 study predicts little overall impact on state's economy

Conservative lawmakers and petroleum companies are campaigning to suspend California laws that aim to cut the state’s impact on global warming. Opponents of the new mandates argue that they'll harm Californians and their economy. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports on a new report air quality officials hope will quiet critics of the law known as AB-32.

LA City Council steps into DWP's energy rate hike fray

The Los Angeles City Council has voted unanimously to assert control over an energy rate hike proposed for customers of the city’s Department of Water and Power. LA’s mayor warns that without the rate hikes, Los Angeles could face bankruptcy. More on the story from KPCC's Molly Peterson.

EPA's Jackson announces new strategy on environmental chemicals

Federal environmental officials say they're working on new strategies to clean up drinking water.

Chevron tests solar technologies in Bakersfield

A demonstration energy project in Bakersfield aims to figure out which of several technologies works best to convert energy from the sun into usable power. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports on an announcement by the Chevron company.

Water and power commissioners pass carbon surcharge, energy rate hike

Los Angeles Water and Power commissioners have approved a rate increase and a special charge for renewable energy. KPCC's Molly Peterson says the higher bills may help the city meet some lofty goals.

UCLA, LA Business Council study feed-in tariff for LA's renewable energy plan

The LA department of water and power hopes to spur interest in solar power with a rate hike that will help pay for renewable energy. A study from UCLA has examined how well part of that plan would work. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more.

DWP board meeting on now

I'm down at the DWP meeting, tweeting about it at @KPCCmolly. My favorite AV guy is here, the sun is shining (though we can't see it), it's another day on the job. Now GIT (as the Green Cowboy himself might say)!

IBEW local's Brian D'Arcy to be in KCET TONIGHT at 8 PM

Val Zavala got a sit-down with D'Arcy, so if for no other reason, this looks to be good:

10 Things You Might Not Know Yet About Your Rising DWP Bill

To quote Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

DWP customers could see big hikes in energy bills, new carbon surcharge

Customers of the L.A. Department of Water and Power may soon see the price of renewable wind and solar energy in their mailboxes. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is proposing a surcharge to pay for lightening the city's carbon footprint and shifting the DWP away from coal power.

Recycled office supplies, furniture fly off shelves at LA Shares

A waste-reduction program nurtured by the city of Los Angeles is gaining traction with environmentalists and people in search of gently used office furniture. KPCC's Molly Peterson has the story.