January 4, 2014
Re "Power and memory," Editorial, Jan. 2 Your editorial - which supports both the preservation of the historical memory site of the World War II Manzanar detention camp for 10,000 Japanese Americans in the Owens Valley and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plans to install a 1,200-acre solar array within sight of Manzanar to reduce California's reliance upon fossil fuels - is flawed by sins of omission and commission. On the one hand, the editorial omits consideration of any alternative sites that the DWP could utilize within its vast Owens Valley acreage to fulfill its mission to develop sources of sustainable energy.
October 18, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- California's electric utilities and other power sellers better hope that scientists and engineers come up with a surefire way to bottle lightning. That's a dramatic way of describing the more prosaic goal of finding a way to store large amounts of electricity, something that, up until now, did not seem practicable. On Thursday, the state Public Utilities Commission voted to create a formal "energy storage target" of 1,325 megawatts -- equivalent to the output of almost three modern, natural gas-fired power plants.
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October 11, 2013 |
Past the neatly coordinated neighborhoods, the master-planned homes and immaculate lawns, on an old military runway in Irvine, a community that imagines life on a smaller scale has taken root. There, hundreds of college students from across the U.S., Canada and Europe have designed and built 19 solar-powered homes in a unique competition to see which will emerge as the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon is a rigorous competition - the rule book is 68 pages long and regulates everything from acceptable average interior temperature (71 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit)
August 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The White House began installing solar panels this week on the first family's residence, finally making good on a pledge President Obama made almost three years ago. The installation follows a speech Obama made in June on tackling the causes of climate change and dealing with its effects. Administration officials announced in October 2010 that solar panels would be installed in the White House as part of an initiative to make government buildings more energy efficient, but the work was repeatedly delayed.
August 11, 2013 |
The green trend is taking hold in the airline industry. United Airlines announced plans in June to buy 15 million gallons of lower-carbon, renewable jet fuel over a three-year period. And Alaska Airlines is testing solar-powered passenger ramps. The new mobile ramps, used to get passengers on and off planes, are equipped with solar panels that power the batteries that drive the ramps' electric motors. Traditional mobile ramps and passenger stairs are powered by gasoline or diesel engines.
July 23, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- California ranks sixth among the top 12 states in per-capita installations of solar electric energy generators, according to a just-released report by an advocacy group. "Lighting the Way," the study by the Environment America Research and Policy Center, names California as a leader among the 50 states, along with Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina and Vermont. "The sky's the limit on solar energy," said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate for Environment California, one of the group's 29 state affiliates.