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November 5, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
The clean-tech industry got a bit of a spark ? and a jolt ? from the elections this week. While most in the industry cheered California's election results, with the defeat of Proposition 23 and Jerry Brown's gubernatorial victory, many said they were worried about the shifting makeup of Congress, where many advocates for climate-change legislation lost their seats Tuesday. FOR THE RECORD: Green tech: In an article in the Nov. 6 Business section about the results of state and national elections on the clean-tech sector, a company name was inadvertently changed during production.
May 18, 2005 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
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 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
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.
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.
October 13, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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