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September 29, 2005 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
An official who played a key role in the state's response to the 2000-01 energy crisis is now a director of a power company that became noteworthy when Californians faced persistent shortages and occasional blackouts. William J. Keese, 66, quit in April after eight years as chairman of the California Energy Commission, where he had a lead role in deciding where power plants could be built. Last week, he joined the board of directors of Calpine Corp.
December 30, 2013 | Marc Lifsher
Environmental advocates, government regulators and the cable and satellite television industry have reached a landmark agreement to save an estimated $1 billion a year in energy costs by making TV set-top boxes more efficient. The voluntary agreement aims to make an estimated 90 million boxes in homes as much as 45% more energy-efficient by 2017. The boxes are considered energy hogs because they always are on, even when the television is turned off. The upgraded boxes could save enough power to run 700,000 homes, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the deal brokers.
January 11, 2010 | By Marc Lifsher
When octogenarian Arthur H. Rosenfeld vacates his utilitarian office at the California Energy Commission this week, one of his final tasks might seem of little consequence: He'll turn off the lights. But that simple act -- some would say compulsion -- has transformed California into a world leader in energy efficiency. California homes are loaded with personal computers, widescreen TVs, iPods, PlayStations, air conditioners, massive refrigerators, hot tubs and swimming pool pumps.
December 29, 2013 | By Evan Halper
NEWARK, Del. - The thick blue cables and white boxes alongside an industrial garage here look like those in any electric-car charging station. But they work in a way that could upend the relationship Americans have with energy. The retrofitted Mini Coopers and other vehicles plugged into sockets where a Chrysler plant once stood do more than suck energy out of the multi-state electricity grid. They also send power back into it. With every zap of juice into or out of the region's fragile power network, the car owner gets paid.
March 18, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Energy Commission Orders 100 Natural Gas School Buses: Part of a $100-million program to replace older California school buses with clean-burning vehicles, the buses will be delivered to the California Energy Commission by fall, 1992. Blue Bird Body Co. of Atlanta will build the bus, which will be powered by a turbocharged engine burning compressed natural gas, developed by Tecogen Inc. of Waltham, Mass.
August 1, 1985
Santa Monica's Energy Fitness Program, which offered residents free home energy audits and energy-saving devices through May, is one of 16 winners in the California Awards Program for Energy Innovation. The city's program, which was chosen by the California Energy Commission, now will compete for national honors. In the year-long program, Energy Fitness employees installed more than 30,000 energy-saving devices in more than 12,000 residences.
October 29, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Armenia's Oil, Gas Reserves to Be Assessed: Announcing a potential new foreign market for California energy technology, Armenia, the U.S. and California have agreed to conduct a resource assessment of the new democracy's energy potential. Part of the agreement gives preference to U.S. companies to provide personnel and equipment for exploration and production.
July 24, 2003 | Elizabeth Douglass
The California Energy Commission rejected a proposal that would have created a state gasoline bank to blunt price spikes, citing fears that the bank could make things worse for consumers. The bank would have been available during gasoline shortages, but its supplies would also have been auctioned daily to lessen the major oil companies' hold on California's fuel supply.
August 18, 1989
Inglewood this week received kudos from a state commission for saving energy by installing a cost-cutting new cooling system at City Hall. "Others need to pay attention to Inglewood," said Stephen M. Rhoads, executive director of the California Energy Commission. He told city officials that Inglewood is a leader among California cities in energy conservation. The city's Thermal Energy Storage Cooling System, which cost $453,000, was dedicated Tuesday, though it began operating in early June.
August 15, 2000 | BARBARA MURPHY
Ceryx Inc. in Santa Paula has received a $632,000 grant from the California Energy Commission to help its flagship product attain commercial success. The designer and manufacturer of diesel emission control systems received the grant through the advanced technology program element of the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program. The Energy Commission administers the advanced technology program.
December 7, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - With an ominous deadline approaching, two feuding Imperial Valley agencies have put aside their differences and developed a plan they hope can save the ailing Salton Sea, the state's largest body of water and often considered its most vexing environmental problem. The Imperial Irrigation District and the Imperial County Board of Supervisors have agreed to push for additional geothermal energy exploration on the eastern edge of the sea. The goal is to raise money for restoration projects from the profits from energy sales.
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.
October 13, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian and Evan Halper
California is spending nearly $15 million to build 10 hydrogen fueling stations, even though just 227 hydrogen-powered vehicles exist in the state today. It's a hefty bet on the future, given that government officials have been trying for nine years, with little success, to get automakers to build more hydrogen cars . The project is part of a sprawling but little-known state program that packs a powerful financial punch: It spent $1.6 billion last year on a myriad of energy-efficiency and alternative-energy projects.
September 30, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A South Bay congressman called on the California Energy Commission to reject a controversial proposal to replace an aging power plant near the Redondo Beach waterfront with a new, smaller plant. The fate of the plant, which came online in 1948 and is near homes and the city's popular King Harbor area, has been a point of contention for decades. Many residents consider the facility an eyesore. “We should take this opportunity to permanently retire the power plant in Redondo Beach if it is feasible to do so,” Waxman wrote in a letter to the commission, which launched a review of the project last month and will hold its first public hearing Tuesday.
June 12, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Ratepayers can monitor the progress of California's utilities as they move toward meeting the state's renewable energy goals. The first compliance period is at the end of the year, when utilities are required to purchase an average of 20% of retail energy from renewable resources. The Renewable Portfolio Standards compliance periods: 25% by Dec. 31, 2016; 33% by Dec. 31, 2020; and no less than 33% in all subsequent years. The state Energy Commission offers an online tool to follow it all, with data obtained from the utilities from self-reporting.
June 11, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
The head of the California Public Utilities Commission said Tuesday that the permanent closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant leaves significant unanswered questions about the future energy supply for Southern California, particularly for San Diego and southern Orange counties. "How much we pay for power, how much we need, what kind of summers we have for the next couple of years, these are all matters of some uncertainty," CPUC Chairman Michael Peevey said in a meeting with The Times.
October 26, 2000 | Nancy Rivera Brooks
The California Energy Commission approved a $500-million expansion of the Moss Landing electricity plant on the edge of Monterey Bay. The expansion, which was opposed by environmentalists, would add 1,060 megawatts to Moss Landing's 1,500-megawatt capacity. When completed in 2003, the Duke Energy-owned plant will generate enough power to light 2.6 million homes.
January 13, 2012
How the new energy standards will work California has imposed energy efficiency standards on portable electronics chargers that will affect just about every home and business in the Golden State. Q: What's the problem with chargers? A: They waste as much as 60% of the energy they consume, even when no device is connected. Q: What devices are covered by the new mandates? A: Cellphones, laptop and tablet computers, power tools, toothbrushes, razors and hundreds of other consumer electronics items.
June 6, 2013 | By Cale Ottens
With demand for energy-efficient homes surging in Southern California, home builders are producing more houses with rooftop solar power systems than ever before. About 4,000 new homes were built with a rooftop solar power system last year in California alone, SunPower Corp. announced Wednesday. That figure nearly doubled year-over-year from 2011 to 2012, the company reported. SunPower, headquartered in San Jose, designs and builds solar panels and systems. The company recently installed its 10,000th system on a home near San Diego.  Home buyers in Southern California are starting to realize how much they could save by purchasing a new home with a solar power system installed on the roof, said Matt Brost, SunPower's national sales director.
April 9, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
BrightSource Energy has suspended its application to build a $2.7-billion solar power plant at Hidden Hills, saying it needed to redesign the Inyo County project and the delay would lead to financial uncertainty. With the project nearing final stages of approval from the California Energy Commission, BrightSource considered adding power storage to the 500-megawatt facility. But doing so would trigger another round of time-consuming and costly engineering and environmental analyses.
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