Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
For Oil, Politics Trumps Economics
In many other places, the problems are not below ground, as energy executives like to put it, but above ground. Higher petroleum taxes and more costly licensing agreements, a scarcity of workers and swelling costs, as well as political wrangling and violence, are making it harder to raise production."
Monday, April 28, 2008
Going Bananas Over Trasmission Lines
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Unanimous Approval for New PG&E Plant
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The More Things Change...
Second of all, the fees are especially high because of huge expenses that were run up when PG&E was deregulated in 2001. During California's 2001 energy crisis, PG&E went bankrupt and was no longer able to purchase electricity on credit. The Department of Water Resources and a third party paid for electricity to keep the lights on in the state of California, and the people of California are now repaying the money via these bills."
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Battling It Out Over Carbon Credits
Monday, April 21, 2008
Coastal Commission Slams PXP's Deal With Environmentalists
Friday, April 18, 2008
The Power of McMansions
The recent increase in the building of "McMansions" - extra-large homes that replace modest mid-last-century ranch homes and seem to swallow up an entire suburban lot - has long been controversial from an aesthetic point of view.
That said, even Pacific Gas and Electric Co. says that if Home A is one size and Home B is twice that size, Home B will probably use double the amount of energy.
It's also difficult to discount the energy hog factor - what difference does size make as far as energy consumption is concerned if the inhabitants are blasting five plasma TVs, three computers and a space heater in every room all day long?
But even when you eliminate that factor, some fixed costs associated with maintaining a dwelling are hard to get around.
Not surprisingly, chief among these are heating and cooling.
This is because the rooms can easily become an "energy sink."
"If it gets hot, it'll heat up the rest of the house and if it's one of those places that's always cold, it'll cool down the rest of the house. It can really work against us."
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Politics Trumps the Environment... Even in San Francisco
S.F. hearings delay solar panel grants [San Francisco Chronicle]
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Marin County Joins The Public Power Play
Ratepayers would have a choice: "light green" or "dark green." Light green customers would get 25 to 50 percent of their energy from "qualified" renewable sources - everything other than large hydropower. PG&E estimates 14 percent of its energy will come from renewable sources this year.
"They're throwing up regulatory, legal, political roadblocks," said Tim Rosenfeld, project director for the Marin Energy Management Team"
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Piling on Ethanol
Monday, April 14, 2008
- Ethanol is diverting corn from food production and drving up the cost of corn.
- Ethanol could actually increase global warming because the greenhouse gases released in its production and transportation are so signficant.
- Ethanol can't be shipped by pipeline because of its chemical properties, so it relies on diesel trucks to move it around...
Friday, April 11, 2008
A "Win-Win" or a "Slick Deal"?
Thursday, April 10, 2008
LA Private Equity Firm Embracing a Different Kind of Green
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Public Enemy #1!!!!
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
SDG&E Can't Lose
Under law, SDG&E would ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to recover its costs from the utility customers of the California Independent System Operator, which operates the state's power grid. Such customers include SDG&E, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric."
Monday, April 07, 2008
Hold On To That Sempra Stock
Friday, April 04, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
California: Tax Gaz Guzzlers!
- Raising vehicle registration fees, which now average $31, to an average of $62 and having higher-polluting vehicles pay higher rates and cleaner cars lower rates.
- Offering rebates of up to $1,000 for people who buy new cars that emit very little pollution and levying a surcharge of as much as $2,000 on those purchasing gas hogs.
- Levying a mileage-based tax that would replace the 18-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax. The per-mile amount would vary depending on how much a vehicle polluted the air.
Writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, Michale Cabanatuan notes:
"The idea of using incentives to persuade motorists to drive cleaner, greener vehicles is nothing new. People who buy hybrid vehicles get federal tax credits, and drivers of electric, natural gas and some hybrids are allowed access to carpool lanes even if they aren't carrying any passengers. A bill that would have offered rebates to buyers of cleaner, greener vehicles made it to the Assembly floor last fall before failing."
The poll also found:
- 63% of those surveyed said they would support raising vehicle registration fees to reward drivers of cleaner cars, compared with 40 percent support for a flat-rate increase.
- A tax and rebate system for vehicle purchases, depending on their emissions, was backed by 65 percent of those surveyed.
- A vehicle mileage fee of 1 cent per mile driven was backed by 28 percent of those surveyed, and support increased to 50 percent when the amount of the per-mile charge was varied to penalize more-polluting vehicles.
Survey methedology: Telephonic, 1,500 participants, MOE of +/- 2.5%.
Poll: Make gas guzzlers pay higher fees [San Francisco Chronicle]