October 24, 2003 |
S. David Freeman, the cowboy-hat-wearing former general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, has made a career out of wrangling electrons. Now Freeman has set his sights on gas guzzlers -- including Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger's Hummer.
August 27, 2003
"Davis Still Can Ease Power Rates," by Harvey Rosenfield (Commentary, Aug. 21), is misleading about what happened and what could have happened during California's energy crisis, and what is happening now. Rosenfield accuses the governor of "capitulat[ing] to the blackout blackmail." It is outrageous to suggest that California should have invited power outages. The recent East Coast blackout made clear the consequences resulting from widespread blackouts. Gov. Gray Davis took necessary steps in the face of well-documented manipulation of the energy market to keep the lights on. Davis implemented the nation's most successful conservation program, speeded the licensing of new power plants and entered into long-term contracts at prices one-fifth of what we were then paying, contracts that supported the construction of new power plants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1994
City Controller Rick Tuttle called Wednesday for an audit of a regional utility agency with $3.7 billion in bond debt for which the city is partially liable. An audit of the Southern California Public Power Authority would coincide with ongoing efforts to streamline the Department of Water and Power, Tuttle said in a letter to the City Council. "I urge the council to take swift and aggressive action to assure the public . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2000 |
If irony were electricity, the state wouldn't have a shortage. Witness that Southern California Edison is demanding a 10% rate hike after promising us a 10% rate decrease; that the legislative architect of the state's deregulation fiasco wants to take $2 billion of the state's budget surplus to correct his mistake; and that Gov. Gray Davis is now promising to deliver us all from the deregulation dragon after ignoring the problem for his term so far.
August 21, 2003
The Bush administration isn't shy about using a crisis to advance a political agenda. It parlayed fear in the wake of terrorist attacks into the broad intrusions and civic roadblocks of the USA Patriot Act. It turned worries over the stalled economy into big tax cuts for the rich.
March 25, 2002
Not so long ago, natural gas was the darling fuel of California's electric power industry. There was lots of it. It was cheap. And much cleaner to burn than the fuel oil that then powered most generating plants. Older plants switched to it. Now California needs to begin weaning itself from its heavy reliance on natural gas, which fires roughly half the electric power generated in the state. The state needs to diversify by developing more renewable energy sources.