February 26, 2001 |
For more than a century, California ran a simple account with the rest of the West: It demanded and the West supplied, most especially water and power. But as the Western states have ballooned in the last decade--in no small part because of an outbound trek of Californians--this simple, supply-demand relationship has broken down. Fundamentally, the rest of the West has outgrown its electrical system just as California has its own.
February 27, 2001 |
Recent spikes in power prices have prompted several hotel chains in the Western United States to tack on an electricity surcharge rather than turn down the heat or lights. Marriott International Inc. is charging an extra $2.50 per night at some hotels in California, and Hilton Hotels Corp. is considering similar surcharges. Marriott has even added the surcharge at hotels that haven't yet been affected by higher power costs in order to cushion anticipated price increases.
December 22, 2000 |
With most of the West clamoring for energy generated on the massive Pacific Northwest hydropower system, the Clinton administration Thursday launched a $352-million-a-year plan for recovering salmon, which does not rule out taking down dams to halt the fish's plunge toward extinction.