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April 9, 1992 | CHRIS KRAUL and MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Magma Power--an alternative energy company here that makes a solid profit generating geothermal power in the Imperial Valley--will find out early next month what the future of its industry will be in California. A ruling expected from the state Public Utilities Commission is expected to lay out how much of the future power capacity of the state's investor-owned utilities--Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
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BUSINESS
March 11, 2011 | Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
December 16, 1985
Siegfried S. Hecker, a research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1973, will become the laboratory's new director, University of California President David P. Gardner announced. Hecker, 42, will assume responsibility in January for a laboratory with a $690-million budget in fiscal 1985 and a staff of 7,900, making it the largest employer in northern New Mexico.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
General Electric Co. is working with Google Inc. to develop a so-called smart electrical grid that can make better use of power derived from renewable energy. The companies will jointly lobby U.S. lawmakers and collaborate on technologies to make alternative energy sources, such as wind, geothermal and solar, commercially successful. The partnership was unveiled at a news conference at Google's offices in Mountain View, Calif. With a smart grid, people would be able to monitor individual energy use, sell energy back to utilities from electric-car batteries and program appliances to turn on at times when electricity is least expensive, a spokeswoman said.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
In the U.S. - land of the gas-guzzler SUV and 24/7 air conditioning - energy efficiency isn't known as a strong suit. The country's power management efforts are so poor that a new report ranks it near the bottom of the pack of major economies. On a list of a dozen countries, which together account for 63% of global energy consumption, the U.S.' efficiency efforts are ranked in lowly ninth place. With a score of 47 out of 100, the U.S. outpaces only Brazil, Canada and Russia, according to the report from the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, known as ACEEE.
NATIONAL
July 8, 2008 | Dan Morain
The Republican National Committee has dropped $3.4 million to blast Barack Obama's energy policy on television in four key states. The 30-second spot charges that the Illinois senator opposes lower gas taxes, nuclear power and more oil drilling: "Just the party line." John McCain, it touts, is "pushing his own party to face climate change" and supports "alternative energy, conservation, suspending the gas tax and more production here at home."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1990
As chairman of the County and Cities of Los Angeles Energy Commission, I can only reiterate that most elected officials and our public energy agencies have not done enough to plan ahead--and, as a result, the American public is in many ways more vulnerable today than it was in the 1970s. Today, for example, alternative energy sources can produce substantial amounts of power that are nonpolluting and at a price competitive with foreign oil. In the past five years, the cost of solar power has been slashed dramatically, from 24 cents to eight cents per kilowatt hour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1989
Physician Gale may be an expert in cancer treatment, but as a layman on alternative energy, he should get his facts straight. Photovoltaics has been used reliably since the late 1950s for space power, and since the 1970s it has become a viable, pollution-free, quiet alternative energy source that uses only sunlight as fuel. Present and future technologies do not cause a loss in lives nor do they produce toxic wastes. Such solid waste as sodium silicate that results from the chemical etching of silicon is as inert as beach sand and does not represent "toxic waste that is comparable or greater in magnitude as nuclear energy."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1985
In response to your article (April 9) about windmills in Palm Springs, alternative energy production is without question a must. However, it appears that the manufacturers, developers and the Bureau of Land Management have excelled in this area only to fail in the area of land conservation. The windmill farms do seem to multiply at an alarming rate with little or no concern for the physical environment. I applaud the lawsuit filed by Palm Springs against the Bureau of Land Management and the seven developers.
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