CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2005 |
Environmentalists and others concerned about California's energy future urged state regulators Tuesday to reject a $680-million plan to replace deteriorating steam generators at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
December 18, 2010 |
A popular federal incentive program that has helped boost renewable-energy projects has been extended another year. President Obama on Friday signed off on extending the program after it appeared to be in danger of becoming a casualty of partisan bickering in Congress. The 1603 Treasury grant program, which became part of the overall tax package after heavy industry lobbying, cleared the House late Thursday. The program, which covers up to 30% of the cost of alternative-energy projects, would have expired by the end of the year.
December 31, 1992 |
Occidental Petroleum Corp. has taken a first step toward building service stations to sell natural gas as an alternative vehicle fuel. MidCon Corp., the natural gas pipeline subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corp., has bought a one-third stake in American Natural Gas Power Inc., a Texas company that trains people to service natural gas vehicles and that has built several service stations. One, built for Shell Oil Co., opened in Houston in August.
March 11, 2011 |
The latest surge in oil prices may help the renewable energy industry reach a turning point after years of boom-and-bust cycles long dictated by the rise and fall in gas prices. Solar, wind and biofuel investors and analysts said the latest run-up in prices caused by unrest in Libya and other oil-producing nations could lead to lasting interest in alternate sources of energy. They point to several factors converging at the same time that give the industry such hope. Public awareness and worries about climate change, pollution and dwindling resources are at an all-time high.
May 1, 2013 |
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris is determined to make his desert town a hub for Chinese companies specializing in alternative energy. That dream came a little closer at the public unveiling Wednesday of the plug-in electric bus factory owned by Build Your Dreams, or BYD, an electric vehicle manufacturer in Shenzhen, China. BYD is taking over an 110,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Lancaster that formerly produced recreational vehicles. Its initial investment of more than $10 million also includes a nearby plant that will produce energy storage modules and electric batteries for the buses.
October 13, 2013 |
For most of its 33-year history, Rentech Inc. tried to make money on green fuel development. But like its plans to sell synthetic diesel to major airlines in 2009, those efforts never really left the ground. Now, the Los Angeles company is on a different course. It's profiting from a nitrogen fertilizer business near the U.S. Corn Belt. A second nitrogen fertilizer plant in Pasadena, Texas, bought for $158 million last year, is boosting export sales to Brazil, New Zealand and Canada.
October 16, 2013
Re "New-energy program is questioned," Oct. 14 One might conclude from the article that nothing of any worth is being accomplished from the billions spent on new-energy projects and that there's little reason to spend this money other than political patronage. Climate change is a clear and present danger. When America entered World War II, billions were also "wasted" on failed technologies, but our leaders understood that failure was an inevitable byproduct of finding the innovations that would defeat our enemies.
November 15, 2008 |
One neighbor loves his solar panels, which have cut his energy bill and are helping to combat global warming. The other neighbor adores his trees, which boost his property value and capture greenhouse gases. So what happens when one guy's greenery casts a shadow on the other fellow's solar array? It's an environmental battle that's heating up.
July 17, 2009 |
After more than 20 years farming onions, Steve Gill still breaks out in tears at his processing facility. Only now he's crying all the way to the bank. He recently began using juice from his pungent crop to create energy to run his refrigerators and lighting. That's slicing $700,000 annually off the electric bill at his 14-acre plant in Oxnard. He's also saving $400,000 a year on disposal costs. And he has secured more than $3 million in government and power company incentives to do it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - On 7,300 isolated acres in eastern Kern County, a plan for dozens of wind turbines 20 stories high to generate enough electricity for tens of thousands of homes may hinge on who is elected president. Millions of dollars have been spent laying the groundwork. Permits are in order, contractors are lined up, government planners are on board. But like many other green energy efforts in California, the Avalon Wind Project awaits the fate of key federal subsidies. For Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, such aid represents government run amok, allowing bureaucrats to pick winners and losers in renewable energy rather than letting the free market sort them out. Romney has not offered many specifics about what he would cut, but his opposition in general to aid for alternative energy production has been a pillar of his campaign.