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May 1, 2013 | By Shan Li
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.
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.
December 2, 2013 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - In a sprawling complex of laboratories and futuristic gadgets in Golden, Colo., a supercomputer named Peregrine does a quadrillion calculations per second to help scientists figure out how to keep the lights on. Peregrine was turned on this year by the U.S. Energy Department. It has the world's largest "petascale" computing capability. It is the size of a Mack truck. Its job is to figure out how to cope with a risk from something the public generally thinks of as benign - renewable energy.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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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