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
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.
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September 30, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.