May 27, 2011 |
Chinese electricity plants are cutting output in the face of soaring coal prices, setting up what could be the worst summer energy crunch in years and threatening to slow the nation's manufacturing sector. State Grid Corp., China's biggest power distributor, has warned that shortages this year could exceed those of 2004, when dry weather cut hydroelectric production, prompting rolling blackouts through much of the country. The current crisis is linked to coal, which fuels most of the nation's electricity plants.
March 15, 2011 |
Japanese authorities have begun imposing sporadic power cuts nationwide to make up for production losses and a nuclear power crisis brought on by last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami. The rationing in urban areas unaffected by the disasters is necessary, utility officials said, because hospitals in quake-stricken areas have been unable to operate at full capacity to treat those injured in Friday's magnitude 9.0 temblor and the tsunami that inundated the northeast after the quake.
February 10, 2010 |
The Gaza Strip's beleaguered residents face worsening power outages, even as winter temperatures drop, because of a financial dispute between the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority and Gaza's electricity distributor. The authority says it pays about $30 million a month to provide electricity to Gaza's 1.5 million people. But officials say the Gaza Electricity Distribution Co., which collects payments from Gaza customers, is sending back only about one-tenth of that amount from bill collections.
July 12, 2009 |
It was still dark outside when a man in his underwear answered the knock at the factory door, releasing a wave of heat and gritty smoke from the noisy room behind him. This, the man was told, was a power raid. The engineers storming past him were here to investigate electricity theft at this basement plastics mill. The problem is rampant in India, but especially in New Delhi, a sprawling city of slums, factories, and politicians unaccustomed to paying for power. When private companies partnered with the government in 2002 to distribute the city's energy, more than half the electricity generated was stolen.
June 8, 2009 |
Center fielder Torii Hunter, who leads the Angels in all three Triple Crown categories, did not play Sunday because of a nagging groin injury. Hunter suffered the injury when he ran into the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium two weeks ago. He said he has experienced soreness ever since, but the discomfort was pronounced when the Angels played on Toronto's artificial turf last week. "The turf is almost like a truth serum," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. "It has a way of bringing out every ache and pain that you have."
September 19, 2008
It's rare to see an initiative attract the diversity of opposition that Proposition 7 has. We're accustomed to measures that are opposed by either the Democratic or Republican parties, for example, but Proposition 7 has been rejected by both.