CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2006 |
A federal environmental report analyzing the effects of a proposed 500-megawatt hydroelectric plant near Lake Elsinore gave local officials insufficient information, the Board of Supervisors declared by vote Tuesday. The board urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which prepared the document, to further investigate the 2,400-acre project's effect on transportation, water quality, views and recreation, including hang gliding in the Santa Ana Mountains.
April 17, 2005 |
In 1941, folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote a paean to the Columbia River's Grand Coulee Dam, enthusing that power generated by the New Deal monument "is turning our darkness to dawn." But this summer, the Pacific Northwest's mightiest river could leave California in the dark. A stubborn drought has reduced water levels behind the Columbia's network of power-producing dams by a third, leaving less electricity available for export to the south.
August 26, 2004 |
To the long list of Enron Corp.'s victims, add Northwest salmon. A fresh round of evidence released Wednesday suggested that Enron traders shipped emergency power out of California, even as hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest -- struggling to ease the energy crisis -- were running full tilt. That's where the salmon, an icon of the Northwest, come in.
September 7, 2001 |
When engineers for the Tennessee Valley Authority decided to replace the aging flume that carried water to hydroelectric Power House No. 2 on the Ocoee River some years ago, they expected technical challenges. They didn't expect someone to kidnap their river. But that's essentially what happened. And the TVA's experience on the Ocoee, which flows through a mountain gorge near Chattanooga, Tenn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2001 |
A year earlier than initially planned, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will begin producing electricity today at its mammoth reservoir near Hemet in Riverside County. Four turbines at MWD's Diamond Valley Lake reservoir will produce about 13 megawatts of electricity--enough for about 9,750 homes. The move comes as the state approaches a summer for which energy officials have predicted rolling blackouts.
January 23, 2001 |
Rep. Duncan Hunter isn't well known outside of his El Cajon district. But the conservative Republican hopes to help California out of its electricity crisis by persuading a reluctant Congress and President Bush to support temporary price caps on wholesale power supplies. Hunter is trying to bring together the state's famously fractious 52-member House delegation to support federal legislation that would empower the U.S. energy secretary to impose the caps.