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July 12, 2009
Ayear ago the Oracle of Oil, T. Boone Pickens, reinvented himself as the Wizard of Wind, launching a $58-million ad campaign to boost alternative energy and vowing to spend $10 billion to build the world's largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle. It was a startling move from a staunch conservative who had made a fortune in the Texas oil fields, raising hopes that both ends of the political spectrum were coming around to the same point of view about weaning the country from its reliance on oil.
March 1, 2009 | Marla Dickerson
One man in the classroom earned more than $100,000 framing tract homes during the building heyday. Another installed pools and piloted a backhoe. Behind him sat a young father who made a good living swinging a hammer in southern Utah. But that was before construction jobs vanished like a fast-moving dust storm in this blustery high desert. Hard times have brought them to a classroom in rural Kern County to learn a different trade. Tonight's lesson: how to avoid death and dismemberment.
November 21, 2008 | Associated Press
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has invested in a wind energy farm in Texas that will generate enough power to light 15% of its Texas operations. The world's largest retailer said Thursday that the Duke Energy Corp. farm was being built in Notrees, Texas, and was to start production in April. The retailer will purchase electricity directly from Duke's Notrees Windpower Project, Duke said. The Bentonville, Ark.-based discount retailer has 360 stores and other facilities in Texas.
November 16, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
This winter, New Year's Eve revelers will have a close-up view of Times Square's first environmentally friendly billboard powered entirely by wind and sun. Construction on the 35,000-pound sign that will advertise Ricoh Americas Corp. is to begin this month across from the building where the ball drops on New Year's Eve. Powered by 16 wind turbines and 64 solar panels, the sign is expected to save $12,000 to $15,000 per month in electricity costs. A lighting ceremony for the 126-foot wide, 47-foot tall sign is scheduled for Dec. 4.
July 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
PG&E Corp.'s Pacific Gas & Electric utility agreed to buy power from a wind farm in Oregon being built by a unit of EDP Renovaveis, helping it to meet state energy and climate goals. The Rattlesnake Road wind farm will give the San Francisco utility 240 gigawatt-hours of power a year, EDP's Horizon Wind Energy unit said. That's enough for about 30,000 average homes, based on American Wind Energy Assn. data. Terms of the 15-year contract weren't disclosed.
May 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Edison International, the Rosemead-based owner of California's largest electric utility, won regulatory approval to buy power from what's slated to be the state's largest wind farm. The 10-year contract with the Alta Windpower unit of Allco Finance Group Ltd., an Australian firm, was approved on a 5-0 vote by the California Public Utilities Commission.
April 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Installed U.S. wind energy capacity grew nearly 45% last year to 16,800 megawatts, or enough to serve 4.5 million homes, an industry group said. Texas remained the top state in total wind power capacity and new wind power capacity, the annual report from the American Wind Energy Assn. said.
February 24, 2008 | Alex Pham, Times Staff Writer
The average American home contains 25 consumer electronics devices. So to go green, start with what you've got. First, get a handle on your current electricity usage. A device called Kill A Watt, from P3 International Corp., makes for a nifty parlor game of Guess Watt with anything that plugs into a socket. One surprise might be how much energy some devices use even when idle or turned off. Consumer electronics suck as much as 25% of their power when not in use, according to the U.S.
February 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The line of towering wind turbines stands motionless on the ridgeline above Interstate 70 in central Kansas, Y-shaped silhouettes amid the swirling snow. Despite the weather, dozens of technicians are working to get the 10-mile-long Smoky Hills Wind Farm ready to begin producing electricity. Jason Martinson, who is supervising the 56-turbine operation for Enel North America Inc.
December 26, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writers
Gusty winds are expected to return today to the region's mountains, valleys and coasts, but to a lesser extent than the warm, dry Santa Anas that downed power lines and marred some Christmas celebrations. The National Weather Service issued a high wind watch from this afternoon until Thursday, saying northerly winds could reach 15 to 20 mph from Hollywood to Leo Carrillo State Beach.
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