February 1, 2008 |
California regulators Thursday lowered the bar for an energy-efficiency program to allow utilities to earn about $89 million in customer-funded incentives for achieving as little as 65% of the power savings goals laid out for them. The California Public Utilities Commission also ruled that utilities could keep such incentives awarded to them even if a subsequent audit showed that the companies did not achieve the savings they reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1993 |
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has awarded the U.S. General Services Administration with a check for $109,671 in recognition of a 55% reduction in energy consumption at the Van Nuys federal building. The General Services Administration will save an estimated $75,000 a year as a result of the increased efficiency.
August 19, 2001 |
The evidence seemed overwhelming: During the first seven months of 2001, Californians consumed 8% less energy than they did a year earlier. If the entire country did the same, the savings would easily exceed the output of more than 110 electrical power plants.
November 19, 1995 |
The risk of future harm from global warming is serious enough that nations have good reason to invest in steps to avert it, according to an international panel of economics experts. Nations are justified in going beyond measures that they might do anyway and that pay for themselves, such as improving energy efficiency, said a new report from a panel convened by the United Nations. The report, which was approved by participating governments, was finished Oct. 13 in Montreal.
February 7, 2010 |
A rebuilt Westside home inspired by Rudolph Schindler and infused with an Icelandic sensibility has come on the market for the first time. Conceived by Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dogg Ingjaldsdottir, the husband-and-wife architectural and interior design team behind the Santa Monica firm Minarc, the modern house is distinguished not only by its focus on energy efficiency, natural light and its use of experimental and recycled materials, but...
November 26, 2007
Not all of the potential solutions to climate change are futuristic, expensive or exotic. In fact, most Americans can find one of the most significant carbon-reducing innovations of the last 30 years standing in their kitchens, keeping the butter hard. Refrigerators sold in the United States have grown 5% more energy efficient every year since 1975.
April 14, 2001 |
The Bush administration proposed new efficiency standards Friday for home central air conditioners and heat pumps that officials said would conserve energy and ensure savings in electricity bills. The standards, to take effect in 2006, would require the new devices to use 20% less energy than most current models. As such, the rules are less stringent than those proposed in the final days of the Clinton administration, which called for a 30% reduction.
June 18, 2001 |
Rising energy costs are fueling the business of energy consultants, who offer companies fearful of outages and higher power bills everything from blackout survival plans to technology that will automatically reduce their power consumption. Onsite Energy Corp. of Carlsbad, for example, provides energy efficiency consulting and technology for medium-sized to large energy customers, including Sanwa Bank and Del Monte Foods.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2012 |
UC Santa Barbara, according to old stereotypes, may still conjure up the image of a lush campus by the beach, where students can squeeze in a few hours of surfing after class and live in a nearby neighborhood that is one of the nation's best-known party zones. But in reality, UC Santa Barbara over the last three decades increasingly has become a center of scientific research, and its move in that direction was strengthened Saturday with the announcement of a $50-million private donation to energy efficiency research and engineering programs.
September 23, 1990 |
Last month, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a far-reaching array of programs that give consumers and the Big Four utility companies incentives to conserve energy. But it took a battle royal to get it done, with the Natural Resources Defense Council, the utilities and the commissioners fighting it out. The two-year, $560-million program doesn't require citizens to turn down the heat or forgo the dishwasher.