Energy Industry

February 2, 2007

UC Berkeley wins $500 million biofuels center

“Officials of oil giant BP awarded a $500 million biofuels research program to a consortium led by researchers at the QB3 facility at the University of California, Berkeley. The consortium includes the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley Lab in Berkeley and the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek as well as the University of Illinois, which will provide agricultural expertise. In June, BP said it will spend $500 million over the next 10 years to establish the BP Energy Biosciences Institute, which it described as the ‘first facility of its kind in the world.’ The facility will be a dedicated biosciences energy research laboratory attached to a major academic center in the United States or the United Kingdom.”

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January 31, 2007

California may ban conventional lightbulbs

Assemblyman Lloyd Levine wants California to ban incandescent lightbulbs as part of the State’s g initiatives to reduce energy use and greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. “Incandescent lightbulbs were first developed almost 125 years ago, and since that time they have undergone no major modifications” he said, “they remain incredibly inefficient, converting only about 5 percent of the energy they receive into light”. Levine is expected to introduce the legislation this week.

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January 30, 2007

Chevron donates $10M to U.S, Institute of Peace

San Ramon-based Chevron Corporation announced that it gave $10 million to help build a permanent headquarters for the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. The Institute was created by Congress in 1984 to study and promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict. Its new headquarters will be at the northwest corner of the National Mall.

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