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June 14, 1991 | Associated Press
A well at a geothermal energy plant exploded, forcing the evacuation Thursday of a subdivision. The explosion, on the island of Hawaii, occurred late Wednesday at a well owned by Ormat Energy Systems of Nevada. No injuries were reported.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - With an ominous deadline approaching, two feuding Imperial Valley agencies have put aside their differences and developed a plan they hope can save the ailing Salton Sea, the state's largest body of water and often considered its most vexing environmental problem. The Imperial Irrigation District and the Imperial County Board of Supervisors have agreed to push for additional geothermal energy exploration on the eastern edge of the sea. The goal is to raise money for restoration projects from the profits from energy sales.
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NEWS
October 29, 1988
Barkman C. (B. C.) McCabe, 91, a geothermal energy pioneer, World War I veteran and since 1899 a resident of Los Angeles. McCabe, a one-time securities broker, became active in mining and oil exploration in the mid-1950s and in 1954 founded Magma Power Co., one of the first to pursue the development of geothermal projects in Northern California and the Imperial Valley. He remained chairman of the firm until last year and then continued as a director. In Los Angeles on Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2009 | David Zahniser
One of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's recently departed advisors has secured a job handling renewable energy business for an international law firm. The mayor's former deputy chief of staff, Dan Grunfeld, 49, is taking a position with the law firm of Kaye Scholer and will work in its Los Angeles office representing clients in such fields as green technology, alternative energy and compliance with environmental laws. Villaraigosa has promised to make Los Angeles "the greenest big city in America" by pushing the Department of Water and Power toward more solar, wind and geothermal energy.
BUSINESS
July 10, 1992 | CHRIS KRAUL, SAN DIEGO COUNTY BUSINESS EDITOR
From a technological and financial standpoint, Magma Power seemed to have everything going its way. The San Diego-based geothermal energy producer had mastered Imperial Valley's superheated brine and last year operated its four power plants in the Imperial Valley at 105% of capacity. The company earned $33.9 million on its $94.9 million in energy revenues last year, an indication of how well it was managing its costs.
NEWS
June 16, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All the signs of human activity are still there. Papers and manuals litter tables and desks. Handwritten charts cover some of the walls. Signs warn that "Ear Protection Is Required" to protect workers from the deafening noise. Everything is there--except the people. Echoing through the silent building are the footsteps of Glen Gordon, last manager of the state Department of Water Resources' Bottle Rock Geothermal Power Plant before it was shut down in 1990. Disappointment is etched in his face.
BUSINESS
December 17, 1992 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unocal Corp. will sell its Imperial Valley geothermal energy facility to San Diego-based Magma Power Co. for $225 million. With the sale, the Los Angeles oil company is now about midway through its program to sell assets as part of a restructuring announced last April. Unocal plans to plow some of the money from the sale into overseas projects, including a more promising geothermal development in Indonesia. "Geothermal energy remains a core business for Unocal," said John F.
BUSINESS
March 2, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Unocal in Geothermal Agreement: The Los Angeles-based company, the world's largest developer of geothermal energy, has reached agreement with Pertamina, the Indonesian state oil company, to appraise and develop an area in northern Sumatra that could hold the energy equivalent of 300 million barrels of oil. Unocal will drill wells to bring steam and boiling water to the surface for use in making electricity.
NEWS
June 15, 1991 | SUSAN ESSOYAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hawaii state officials ordered a geothermal company to halt all drilling Friday after a well blowout spewed toxic gas and routed 75 people from their homes on the island of Hawaii. Opponents of geothermal drilling near the nation's last remaining tropical rain forest claimed the accident shows Hawaii's volcanic resource may be unmanageable.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2008 | Marla Dickerson, Dickerson is a Times staff writer.
Not far from the blinking casinos of this gambler's paradise lies what could be called the Biggest Little Power Plant in the World. Tucked into a few dusty acres across from a shopping mall, it uses steam heat from deep within the Earth's crust to generate electricity. Known as geothermal, the energy is clean, reliable and so abundant that this facility produces more than enough electricity to power every home in Reno, population 221,000. "There's no smoke.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2007 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
What do Icelanders know about heat? Quite a lot, it turns out. For 70 years, the chilly island nation has been tapping the Earth's warmth -- using geothermal energy to heat buildings and swimming pools, melt snow and generate more than a quarter of the country's electricity. And now they've come to California to share the knowledge.
NEWS
August 5, 2007 | Eliane Engeler and Alexander G. Higgins, Associated Press Writers
When tremors started cracking walls and bathroom tiles in this Swiss city on the Rhine, engineers knew they had a problem. "The glass vases on the shelf rattled, and there was a loud bang," Catherine Wueest, a teashop owner, recalls. "I thought a truck had crashed into the building." But the 3.4-magnitude tremor on the evening of Dec.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Indonesia, land of earthquakes and volcanoes, may be sitting on top of the solution for its energy needs: vast reservoirs of hot water deep beneath the earth's crust that can be harnessed to generate electricity. What's more, it's a clean, renewable energy source. Yet the country imports millions of barrels of oil and fuel annually. Legal uncertainties, financial risks and government bureaucracy have repelled international investors from developing its geothermal resources.
OPINION
July 31, 2004
Re "Mining the Imagination for New Energy," Opinion, July 25: Alan Weisman thoughtfully highlights one of the major concerns facing world civilization over the next century: our rapidly increasing world population with its concomitant, exponentially increasing use of energy, coupled with a greatly diminished availability of oil, the lifeblood of our civilization. Weisman mentions a variety of imaginative "long shot" possible solutions, none of which appear very practical, but does not consider the obvious one -- to decrease the world population to the point where it will be in equilibrium with renewable energy sources: solar energy, wind, biomass, geothermal energy and hydroelectric.
NEWS
April 20, 2001 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG and MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
This may be the surest sign yet of the depth of California's energy crisis: A bipartisan cross-section of the state's congressional delegation, brought together Thursday by Gov. Gray Davis, not only agreed about the severity of the problem but also about the need for swift federal intervention. "This meeting did not have the word 'Democrat' or 'Republican' used once," Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R-Vista), said of the unusual spirit of cooperation at the meeting near Los Angeles International airport.
NEWS
October 24, 1985
An international team of scientists and engineers has begun drilling a 10,000-foot-deep hole into hot rock formations beneath the Salton Sea in an $8-million effort to exploit geothermal energy. The project on the south shore of the Imperial Valley lake is the first major research venture launched by the new Continental Scientific Drilling Program, according to UC Riverside geologist Wilfred Elders. It is financed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the U.S.
NEWS
March 23, 2001 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
California's balance of electrical power shifted slightly Thursday when an Imperial County judge temporarily freed a small geothermal energy producer from its contract with Southern California Edison, allowing it to sell power on the open market. The ruling by Superior Court Judge Donal B. Donnelly could lead to a mass exodus by hundreds of small energy producers that have been selling power to the state's financially troubled utilities for months without getting paid.
NEWS
January 24, 2000 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Department of Energy is planning to announce an initiative today that seeks to spur the development of the geothermal energy industry, a highly productive but still evolving source of renewable energy.
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