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  • CA: $700 million for power research bought… bird and salmon studies?

    02/05/2011 9:16:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    OC Register ^ | 2/5/11 | Teri Sforza
    The quest was a noble one: To develop, and help bring to market, new energy technologies that are better for the environment, provide greater system reliability and lower system costs, while furnishing “tangible benefits to electric utility customers.” Well, electric utility customers, you’ve shelled out $700 million for this noble effort since 1996, and what have you gotten? Precious little that could be even loosely interpreted as “tangible benefits,” concludes a report by the Legislative Analyst’s Office. TENUOUS CONNECTIONS Meet the state’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, built into your electric bill as a “public goods” charge. It has...
  • Report criticizes California electricity surcharge program

    02/03/2011 12:31:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/3/11 | Patrick McGreevy
    Reporting from Sacramento — California electricity users have paid $700 million in surcharges for research on clean and efficient energy production, but not all of the money may have been well spent and the program should be overhauled or killed, state officials say in a new report. Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor has concluded .. about 10% of the money collected by the California Energy Commission was spent on research not directly related to the purpose of the surcharges. Questionable grants .. research on deforestation, salmon habitat restoration and "the potential impact of climate change on bird distribution," .. ... The...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger names new Energy Commission chair (a Democrat)

    02/06/2009 9:29:22 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 361+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/5/09 | Shane Goldmacher
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger named Karen Douglas the new chair of the California Energy Commission on Thursday. Douglas, 34, has served on the commission since last year. Before that, she was the director of the California Climate Initiative at Environmental Defense. A Democrat, she'll earn $132,179. The position requires Senate confirmation.
  • California proposes government-regulated thermostats

    01/21/2008 2:55:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies · 530+ views
    One News Now ^ | January 21, 2008 | Pete Chagnon
    Californians may soon have to deal with climate change on a different scale -- and this time the culprit isn't greenhouse gas. The California Energy Commission is proposing a plan which allows the government to regulate household thermostats in the event of an "energy crisis." Under the proposed rules, all new thermostats will be fitted with technology that will allow the government to adjust the temperature of someone's home by plus or minus four degrees. Originally the plans called for mandatory compliance; however, amid public outcry, the plans have been slightly altered to allow an individual to turn off the...
  • CA: Energy Commission says keep ban on new nuclear plants

    04/28/2006 6:39:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 926+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/28/06 | Samantha Young - ap
    In its first comprehensive look at nuclear power in nearly 30 years, the California Energy Commission recommended Friday that the state continue its moratorium on construction of nuclear plants. The commission issued a report that was triggered by the "renewed enthusiasm" about nuclear power in Washington and overseas, commissioner John Geesman said. California has barred construction of nuclear plants since 1976. The 198-page report puts California at odds with the Bush administration, which has advocated nuclear power development in the face of rising gas prices and as a way to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil. The Energy Commission...
  • Tracks laid for rail agency changes (Texas RRC)

    04/07/2005 1:44:22 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 195+ views ^ | 04/07/2005 | David Koenig
    DALLAS — The Texas Railroad Commission, which dates to 1891 and for decades used its power to limit production in the world's most important oil fields, soon could undergo a face-lift and lose its storied name. A bill pending in the Legislature would rename the agency the Texas Energy Commission. The commission would keep authority over the state's oil and gas industry, but the Department of Transportation would take over the commission's original job of railroad regulation. Changing the commission's name and duties has been discussed for years but got new life from a council created by Gov. Rick Perry...