May 16, 2013 |
As supermarkets try to figure out how to cut down on waste and experiment with alternative forms of energy, Kroger Co. says it's doing both simultaneously by turning landfill-bound organic matter into electricity that powers its stores, The Times' Tiffany Hsu reports . An August report from the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 40% of food in the U.S. goes uneaten. When that 20 pounds of food per person per month ends up in landfills, it contributes to 25% of the country's methane emissions.
March 29, 2005 |
Demand for power may outstrip supplies in Southern California if the temperature this summer is higher than usual, the state's electric grid operator said in its latest summer power forecast. The Southland will have inadequate power resources if the heat reaches a level that occurs about 10% of the time, the California Independent System Operator said in a report posted Monday on its website. California's Energy Commission made a similar forecast Feb. 22.
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June 6, 2002 |
Top California officials on Wednesday deplored disclosures that a company run by H. Ross Perot provided energy traders with a blueprint for manipulating the state's electricity market, and Gov. Gray Davis called on the federal government to investigate. "If true, this is an ethical violation of the highest order and quite possibly a criminal offense," Davis said in calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to investigate the allegations against Perot Systems Corp.
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August 10, 1997
Two Lynwood sisters died Wednesday after a hair dryer fell into a bathtub and electrocuted them. Here are safety suggestions that could prevent a similar tragedy: * Unplug all counter-top appliances when not in use. This includes toasters, coffee makers, curling irons and hair dryers. When plugged into an outlet, all appliances still have dangerous electrical voltage inside--even when turned off.
June 17, 2004 |
California Sen. Barbara Boxer on Wednesday formally asked President Bush to force federal energy regulators to stop fighting claims from California consumers stemming from the state's 2000-01 energy crisis. Boxer, a two-term Democrat, said in a letter to Bush that he should seek the resignation of any commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission who opposes the state's $8.9-billion claim for refunds from Enron Corp. and other power companies.
June 21, 2011 |
In a nation where workers are known to spend long hours at the office, many salarymen are facing a rare commodity this summer: free time. These days, 7,400 Tokyo metropolitan government employees arrive at their desks — and go home — an hour earlier than usual. It's part of an ambitious plan by the government to cut energy consumption as Japan faces possible electrical shortages after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that knocked out a major nuclear power plant. The earlier start time means fewer workers at the office during late afternoon, when energy usage peaks.
September 16, 2012 |
In the opening scenes of "Revolution," a new adventure series debuting Monday on NBC, electricity disappears from the world. It is not one of those EMP-burst scenarios that haunt off-the-grid conspiracy types - search for "EMP burst" online and you'll see who I mean - but a kind of ontological evaporation of the thing itself. Obviously, there is some technological hocus pocus involved, because as the power winks out, we see family man Ben Matheson (Tim Guinee) hurriedly download something Scientific from a laptop to a thumb drive embedded in what looks like an amulet.
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June 14, 2013 |
A man climbed up an electrical tower in North Hollywood on Friday afternoon and started taking off his clothes, police said. He is now nude and several stories up. "So naked guy on electricity pole, that's what it is," said Los Angeles police Officer Christopher No. After getting the call about 4:20 p.m., officers used a loudspeaker to begin trying to persuade the man to come down from the tower, off Denny Avenue and Whitnall Highway....
December 19, 2009 |
Customers of Southern California Edison and California's other big investor-owned utilities won't see a refund on their bills from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power -- but they'll be getting $113 million in relief just the same. The DWP was accused by the three big utilities and state agencies of overcharging for electricity during the energy crisis that hit California and other Western states in 2000 and 2001. The L.A. utility, however, wasn't paid, as complaints worked their way through the regulatory and legal process.
March 1, 2010 |
Central California is home to nearly 1.6 million dairy cows and their manure -- up to 192 million pounds per day. It's a mountain of waste and a potential environmental hazard. But for dairyman John Fiscalini, the dung on his farm is renewable gold: He's converting it into electricity. At his farm outside Modesto, a torrent of water washes across the barn's concrete floor several times a day, flushing tons of manure away from his herd of fuzzy-faced Holsteins and into nearby tanks.