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January 20, 2007 | Janet Wilson and Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writers
California's utilities are falling behind schedule in meeting a deadline that 20% of their electricity must come from renewable resources by 2010, newly issued reports from two energy agencies show. In separate updates, state energy regulators paint markedly different pictures of how California is progressing in efforts to procure power from sun, wind, water and waste. But both indicate that a crucial piece of the state's ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gases is sputtering.
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BUSINESS
January 27, 2006 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday reappointed Joseph Desmond, his top power advisor, as chairman of the California Energy Commission, ignoring warnings from Democratic lawmakers that the free-market advocate would not be confirmed by the state Senate. Business lobbyists hailed the move as a nod to an energy policy that could help the state avoid blackouts and ensure that its economy is underpinned by reliable, moderately priced electricity.
BUSINESS
September 11, 1995 | JAMES BATES
The selling of the late president continues. . . . From the Fall 1995 President Gift Catalogue issued by the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda comes the New Presidential Wrist Watch. The $57.50 watch, which bears the presidential seal, is advertised as being available "Just in time for the '96 campaign." Presidential caps are selling for $22 each, available in three styles--White House, Camp David and Air Force One.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2005 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Southern California Edison Co. sued state energy regulators Friday, escalating a dispute over public disclosure of the utility's forecasts for electricity demand. In a complaint filed in Sacramento County Superior Court against the California Energy Commission, Edison in essence argues that an informational blackout is preferable to risking inappropriate use of its figures in a market still recuperating from the energy crisis of 2000 and 2001.
NEWS
January 10, 1997 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California Energy Commission Chairman Charles R. Imbrecht resigned this week just a day before being charged by Ventura County prosecutors with drunk driving and marijuana possession. Imbrecht, who represented Ventura County as a state assemblyman from 1976 to 1982, resigned Tuesday after almost 14 years as Energy Commission chairman and following discussions with the staff of Gov. Pete Wilson, officials in Sacramento said. "The governor's office came to a mutual agreement with Mr.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2005 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
As natural gas futures prices hit new heights Tuesday, a top California energy regulator preached conservation as the only salvation against record winter bills. "Right now prices are much higher than ever seen before and will continue to be high through this winter and into next spring," Joseph Desmond, chairman of the California Energy Commission, said in a briefing.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2007 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to salvage strict water-saving rules for washing machines, the California Energy Commission said Friday that it had notified the agency that blocked the rules that it would be filing suit. The commission also said it had asked a federal court to review the action by the U.S. Energy Department, in the latest legal skirmish stemming from California's push for more stringent regulations covering water and energy use, air emissions and other environmental threats.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California businesses and other special interests quickly learn that playing politics in the ornate chambers of California's Capitol building is more like a barroom brawl than a civics lesson about how bills become laws. Here's a peek behind the everyday chaos in Sacramento as businesses dispatch hired-gun lobbyists to vie for lawmakers' attention and votes. The numbers are daunting: This year, 1,526 registered lobbyists are stalking the halls and hearing rooms in the service of 2,410 clients.
NEWS
April 19, 2000 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Energy conservation efforts have saved Californians $34 billion since 1977, or roughly $1,000 for each resident, and have played a significant role in helping the state's economy expand, according to a study done for the state by the Rand Corp. The report comes as the Legislature considers bills to extend beyond 2001 the so-called public goods charge, which helps fund energy conservation. The charge is included in utility bills, and costs most families a few dollars each month.
BUSINESS
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.
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