• Grape picking gets going in Napa - 07/30/2014 02:21 PM PDT
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    ( Apolinar Fonseca )
    How to invest in renewable energy

    You can now fit a wind or solar farm into your portfolio, even if your portfolio isn't exactly vast. 
    The co-founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a Menlo Park venture capital firm, paced excitedly and spoke at breakneck speed about the future of electric vehicles, as if bragging about a child who made the honor roll.
     
     
    Kristopher Skinner
    The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, located in the hills above UC Berkeley with sweeping views of the Bay, has long been known for its cutting-edge research in energy efficiency. On Thursday, it unveiled FLEXLAB, the world's most advanced lab for studying energy efficiency in commercial buildings.  
     
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    California adopts first-in-nation energy storage plan

    State regulators require utilities to invest in energy storage technology 
    SOLAR
    Solar Roadways seeks to integrate solar panels into our environment

    Solar Roadways is part of a larger movement that seeks to integrate renewable energy technology -- including wind, geothermal and hydropower -- seamlessly into society.  
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    (Patrick Tehan/Staff)
    Tesla idles Fremont production line for Model X upgrade

    Tesla Motors shut down its production line Monday as part of a long-scheduled plan to retool the factory to increase production of the Model S sedan and prepare for the introduction of the Model X crossover SUV.  
    Apolinar Fonseca
    07/30/2014 10:18 AM PDT - You can now fit a wind or solar farm into your portfolio, even if your portfolio isn't exactly vast.  
     
    07/24/2014 12:24 PM PDT - The co-founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a Menlo Park venture capital firm, paced excitedly and spoke at breakneck speed about the future of electric vehicles, as if bragging about a child who made the honor roll.
     
     
    Kristopher Skinner
    07/10/2014 03:54 PM PDT - The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, located in the hills above UC Berkeley with sweeping views of the Bay, has long been known for its cutting-edge research in energy efficiency. On Thursday, it unveiled FLEXLAB, the world's most advanced lab for studying energy efficiency in commercial buildings.  
     
    07/07/2014 09:54 AM PDT - Microgrids are alternative ways of generating, storing and using electricity; sophisticated versions function as small-scale power systems that pull together different energy sources and can operate independently in an emergency.
     
     
     
    This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

    Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
    ( D. ROSS CAMERON )
    Aperitif hour

    Move over, Fernet. Refreshing, house-made seasonal aperitifs are finding their way into low-alcohol cocktail programs from San Mateo to Berkeley and San Francisco. With the launch of Sonoma Aperitifs in Penngrove and the rerelease of a classic 1997 book about these fortified libations, we'd say the trend is about to overflow from its tiny cordial glass.