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OPINION
February 12, 2002
One reason for last year's electricity blackouts was that a number of the state's electric power plants were down at one time for supposed maintenance or repairs. But state officials believe that the plants often were taken off line for phantom repairs to create a false shortage to drive up prices.
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BUSINESS
April 5, 2006 | From Times Wire Services
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Tuesday that it signed long-term power contracts that would result in construction of four gas-fired power plants in California, resulting in an additional 1,780 megawatts of electricity by 2010. One of the new plants will be owned by PG&E Co. and the rest will be owned by others with contracts to provide power to PG&E, the company said. In all, the plants will cost more than $1.5 billion to build.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports and Bloomberg News
Williams Cos., a major natural gas production and pipeline company that has often been compared to Enron Corp., suffered from the "Enron effect" Tuesday as its stock fell 22% after it announced a delay in the release of fourth-quarter and year-end earnings. The delay will allow Williams executives to assess financial obligations related to the spinoff of its Williams Communications Group fiber-optic network operation in April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2001 | ED DAVIS, Ed Davis was a Republican state senator from 1980 to 1992 and chief of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1969 to 1978
Facing what is fast becoming the worst energy crisis in our state's history, many people wonder whether California's legislators did the right thing when they deregulated our electric utility system in 1996. Some of these very same legislators are now calling for re-regulation and others for a state takeover of California's multibillion-dollar energy infrastructure. These lawmakers aren't just panicking, they're plain wrong.
NEWS
May 13, 2001 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush on Saturday called for a "new kind of conservation" that saves power through tax incentives and energy-efficient technology, signaling a shift in tone as he prepares to unveil his long-range energy policy. Bush's focus on conservation in his weekly radio address follows criticism that he and Vice President Dick Cheney have been drafting a plan that is heavily weighted toward more oil and gas drilling while giving short shrift to other approaches to the energy problem.
NEWS
February 10, 2001 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a savvy electricity contract and their own power plants, California's public universities have escaped the power crisis gripping most of the state. Seeking to avoid the perils of the volatile spot market, the University of California and California State University signed long-term electricity contracts with Houston-based Enron Energy Services in 1998. The deals locked them in to a four-year fixed rate of 5% below the 1998 market price for electricity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2006 | Seema Mehta and Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Radioactive, cancer-causing tritium has leaked into the groundwater beneath the San Onofre nuclear power plant, prompting the closure of one drinking-water well in southern Orange County, authorities said. Officials have not found evidence that the leak from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, California's largest, has contaminated the drinking water supply. As a precaution, San Clemente officials shut down and are testing a city well near the contaminated area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2001 | NANCY VOGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Power plant owners accused of gouging California last winter complained to a Senate committee Tuesday that the state is now slighting them and going to the Pacific Northwest to buy electricity. And the state responded: Tough luck. "There's no 'buy California' rule here," said Oscar Hidalgo, spokesman for the California Department of Water Resources, which has been buying much of the power California uses since January.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2005 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Three months after his initial choice of an industry lobbyist was condemned by environmentalists and rejected by Democratic legislators, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday appointed a respected air-quality scientist to chair the California Air Resources Board. The Republican governor's choice of Democrat Robert F.
OPINION
March 7, 2002
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's conclusion, more than a decade ago, that breathing someone else's cigarette smoke can cause cancer galvanized support for passage of tough anti-smoking laws in California and nationwide. Let's hope a new study forging a clear link between exposure to soot and lung cancer also prompts swift political action, the most significant of which would be a reversal by President Bush of his administration's unhealthy effort to weaken air quality rules.
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