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Ivan Penn

Writer

Ivan Penn joined the Los Angeles Times in July 2015 from the other Sunshine State, Florida, after 23 years reporting on the East Coast. Penn covers all things energy on The Times’ Business staff –  when not on trumpet behind his singer-songwriter wife. He's a father of three (four if you include the bunny, Snickett). Born in Washington, D.C., Penn grew up in Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Recent Articles

  • Lawmakers urge regulators to delay plans for Oxnard power plant

    Lawmakers urge regulators to delay plans for Oxnard power plant

    Three state lawmakers on Tuesday urged regulators to reconsider a controversial natural gas project proposed for Ventura County, citing environmental concerns and questions about whether the state already has too many power plants. The lawmakers asked the California Energy Commission “to pause...

  • Californians are paying billions for power they don't need

    Californians are paying billions for power they don't need

    The bucolic orchards of Sutter County north of Sacramento had never seen anything like it: a visiting governor and a media swarm —  all to christen the first major natural gas power plant in California in more than a decade. At its 2001 launch, the Sutter Energy Center was hailed as the nation’s...

  • Edison and Tesla unveil giant energy storage system

    Edison and Tesla unveil giant energy storage system

    Tesla Motors Inc. and Southern California Edison on Monday unveiled one of the world’s largest energy storage facilities, part of a massive deployment of grid-connected batteries that regulators hail as key to helping keep Southern California’s lights on and reducing fossil-fuel reliance. The facility...

  • Southern California Gas taps Aliso Canyon amid conservation warnings

    Southern California Gas taps Aliso Canyon amid conservation warnings

    Southern California Gas Co. tapped the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field Tuesday after issuing an alert about potential supply shortages because of increased consumer demand. Hours after withdrawing gas from Aliso Canyon — a facility that has been shut down since it experienced the...

  • Australian firm plans nation's largest geothermal plant in Imperial Valley

    Australian firm plans nation's largest geothermal plant in Imperial Valley

    In California’s southeastern desert, where an abundance of clean energy boils just beneath the surface, two start-up firms aim to build the nation’s largest geothermal power plant and mining operation. Controlled Thermal Resources and Alger Alternative Energy plan to tap the Imperial Valley’s geothermal...

  • Exxon Mobil is ordered to hand over climate change research

    Exxon Mobil is ordered to hand over climate change research

    A Massachusetts judge has ordered Exxon Mobil to submit 40 years of documents regarding the company’s studies of the impact of fossil fuels on climate change. Superior Court Judge Heidi E. Brieger said state law supports arguments by Massachusetts’ attorney general that the government agency has...

  • Edison and SDG&E request delay in talks over San Onofre nuclear plant's closure

    Edison and SDG&E request delay in talks over San Onofre nuclear plant's closure

    Two utilities want California regulators to delay talks about reopening a case involving the San Onofre nuclear plant until disputes are resolved with the manufacturer of the faulty equipment that led the facility to close. The nuclear plant was permanently closed in 2013, and a settlement with...

  • AECOM, EnergySolutions win bid to decommission San Onofre nuclear plant

    AECOM, EnergySolutions win bid to decommission San Onofre nuclear plant

    Los Angeles engineering and construction firm AECOM announced Tuesday that it will serve as general contractor with a Utah firm in the decommissioning of the San Onofre nuclear plant, a project estimated at $4.4 billion. AECOM is partnering with Salt Lake City-based EnergySolutions, which specializes...

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