January 11, 2010 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2013 |
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.
December 29, 2013 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2013 |
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.
March 18, 1992 |
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.