November 5, 2010 |
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.
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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.
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.
December 3, 2008 |
Just up the road, past pump jacks bobbing in California's storied oil patch, look sharp and you'll catch a glimpse of the state's energy future. Rows of gigantic mirrors covering an area bigger than two football fields have sprouted alongside almond groves near California 99. This is a power plant that uses the sun's heat to produce electricity for thousands of homes. Owned by Palo Alto-based Ausra Inc., it's the first so-called solar thermal facility to open in California in nearly two decades.
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.
January 8, 2009 |
Continental Airlines Inc. ratcheted up the race to develop alternate fuel for passenger planes Wednesday as it successfully flew a Boeing 737 twin-engine jet powered partly by algae and weed. The two-hour test flight over Houston, where the carrier's headquarters is located, involved powering one of the two engines with a mix of 50% kerosene and a blend of fuel derived from algae and jatropha, a weed that bears oil-producing seeds. No passengers were on board.
July 12, 2012 |
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.
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.