Supreme Court upholds government's energy conservation program

In a win for the Obama administration and environmental groups, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 5-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand.  
he Navy is launching a carrier strike group to be powered partly by biofuel, calling it a milestone toward easing the military's reliance on foreign oil.  
 
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Last year was the hottest on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, scientists reported Wednesday, continuing a steady long-term warming trend spurred by the burning of fossil fuels.  
 
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Need an EV battery fill-up? Get in line

As electric vehicle ownership surges, the charging network tries to keep pace. In some spots, demand for charging stations has outstripped supply. That demand has sparked competition at stations and among businesses looking for a position in a growing market. And no one seems to think there’s a good solution in sight. 
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Solar panels get cool reception from HOAs

Despite state laws limiting the control homeowners associations have over solar installations, green advocates say the groups are a steady challenge to extending the systems to more residential rooftops.  
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Ditching PG&E for cleaner 'people's power'

From Silicon Valley to the East Bay to the Central Coast, a 'people's power' movement is sweeping through California that will give local residents a choice to ditch PG&E and buy cleaner -- and possibly cheaper -- energy from the cities and counties where their live.
 
In a win for the Obama administration and environmental groups, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 5-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand.  
 
he Navy is launching a carrier strike group to be powered partly by biofuel, calling it a milestone toward easing the military's reliance on foreign oil.  
 
Richard Vogel/AP
Last year was the hottest on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, scientists reported Wednesday, continuing a steady long-term warming trend spurred by the burning of fossil fuels.  
 
 
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Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7 
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Beyonce's new song boosts Red Lobster's business

Beyonce mentions Red Lobster in 'Formation,’ which got the chain restaurant lots of attention on social media.