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January 27, 2006 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday reappointed Joseph Desmond, his top power advisor, as chairman of the California Energy Commission, ignoring warnings from Democratic lawmakers that the free-market advocate would not be confirmed by the state Senate. Business lobbyists hailed the move as a nod to an energy policy that could help the state avoid blackouts and ensure that its economy is underpinned by reliable, moderately priced electricity.
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January 27, 2006 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday reappointed Joseph Desmond, his top power advisor, as chairman of the California Energy Commission, ignoring warnings from Democratic lawmakers that the free-market advocate would not be confirmed by the state Senate. Business lobbyists hailed the move as a nod to an energy policy that could help the state avoid blackouts and ensure that its economy is underpinned by reliable, moderately priced electricity.
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August 25, 2005 | Marc Lifsher
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's effort to streamline the state's "alphabet soup" of energy agencies met an expected death on a bipartisan vote of the state Senate Energy Committee. Schwarzenegger's top energy aide, Joseph Desmond, promised to introduce soon a bill containing a revamped government reorganization plan to create a Cabinet-level energy agency that would coordinate work to avoid future energy crises.
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October 3, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The latest proposal to develop a liquefied natural gas terminal off the coast of Ventura County begins a crucial process today as regulators hear from the public about which issues to consider during an upcoming environmental review. The $600-million Clearwater Port terminal, proposed by Houston-based NorthernStar Natural Gas Inc., would convert an oil platform about 11 miles offshore from Oxnard to receive and process up to 1.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
California has hired a consulting company to advise the state on its energy policy and assist with investor communications as part of efforts to increase investment in the state's power industry. Saber Partners, which advised the state in 2001 during the energy crisis, plans to host a conference call with investment analysts and state officials in the next few weeks to discuss the state's energy plan, Chief Executive Joseph Fichera said Monday. Gov.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2005 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
As natural gas futures prices hit new heights Tuesday, a top California energy regulator preached conservation as the only salvation against record winter bills. "Right now prices are much higher than ever seen before and will continue to be high through this winter and into next spring," Joseph Desmond, chairman of the California Energy Commission, said in a briefing.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2006 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Southern California Edison Co. said Thursday it had given up an effort to quickly restart its giant Mohave power plant, which was shut down Jan. 1 for failing to comply with pollution standards. The utility had hoped to cut a deal with environmentalists to put the coal-fired power plant back on line within the next few months. Located in Laughlin, Nev., the plant had been a cheap source of electricity for Southern California for 36 years.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2005 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
A bipartisan citizens' panel Thursday recommended that the Legislature reject Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to create a state Department of Energy, dealing a blow to his plan to reorganize the state's tangled energy bureaucracy. Members of the Little Hoover Commission, which analyzes all state government reorganization plans, said they favored the idea behind the governor's proposal to centralize California's energy policy under a cabinet-level energy czar.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2006 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
Tidelands Oil & Gas Corp. said it was weighing a liquefied natural gas project off the coast of Long Beach, making it the fifth company to propose such a facility in Southern California. The small San Antonio-based company, which is pursuing a smattering of natural gas projects, announced its intentions Tuesday but declined to offer details except to say that the sites under consideration for building a terminal are as many as 12 miles away from the shores of Long Beach.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2005 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Parts of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's ambitious plan to create a Cabinet-level energy agency headed by a statewide energy czar are unconstitutional, the Legislature's legal counsel said in an opinion made public on the eve of a key hearing on the governor's proposal.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2005 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
How can a hurricane half a continent away send California gasoline prices to all-time highs? According to a new state report, it takes a strange combination of factors, and none has anything to do with the price of oil, the main culprit in most gasoline price spikes. Price-gouging by retail gasoline stations wasn't part of the picture either, the California Energy Commission said in a report released Friday.
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