Electricity

(AP)

California Regulators Approve PG&E Rate Hike; Unrelated To San Bruno Pipeline Explosion

California regulators have approved a nearly $2.4 billion rate hike for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers that will see the typical customer’s monthly bill increase by $7.50 starting in the fall.

08/15/2014

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Proposal Raising PG&E Rates Moves Ahead

Electricity and natural gas rates for customers of PG&E customers are expected to rise, if California’s Public Utilities Commission adopts a proposal issued Wednesday by a state administrative law judge.

06/19/2014

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2 Out Of 5 In Bay Area Ditch Landlines, 70% Want More Wireless Towers

With a majority of Bay Area residents relying on smartphones, a new poll found widespread support for upgraded communications networks. The survey also found a majority in favor of improving the area’s aging energy infrastructure.

05/29/2014

A ground squirrel photographed in a California public park. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Unlucky Squirrel Causes San Jose Power Outage Affecting 1,200 Customers

Power has been restored to all 1,200 PG&E customers in San Jose after a squirrel caused an outage that knocked out power to residents and businesses and caused major system-wide Caltrain delays, utility officials confirmed.

03/19/2014

Cal ISO Control Room

Californians Urged To Conserve Power On Thursday

The California Independent System Operator Corporation has issued a statewide Flex Alert for Thursday, asking people to voluntary conserve power.

02/06/2014

Charred brush sits next to the Hetch Hetchy entrance to Yosemite National Park after the Rim Fire burned through on August 23, 2013 in Yosemite National Park. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Yosemite Wildfire Prompts Utility Emergency For San Francisco

As a massive wildfire burning into Yosemite National Park grew to nearly 200 square miles, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the city of San Francisco 150 miles away because of the threat to the city’s utilities.

08/23/2013

Cal ISO Control Room

Cal ISO Issues Flex Alert Through Tuesday, Urges Reduced Electricity Use

The California Independent System Operator has issued a Flex Alert for Northern California for Monday and Tuesday, and is asking consumers to reduce their energy use because of anticipated high demand.

07/01/2013

Commerce Energy. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: New Bay Area Energy Firm Draws Complaints

Deregulation of the energy industry allows California consumers a chance to shop around for gas and electricity providers. But consumers should watch out for pressure tactics to switch.

06/20/2013

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Sonoma County Working On Greener Energy Alternative For Residents

Sonoma County residents will soon have the option for greener electricity, but officials said the program wouldn’t completely replace PG&E.

05/07/2013

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Californians May Receive $2B In Rebates From 2000-01 Energy Crisis

California electricity consumers could see up to $2 billion in new refunds from energy wholesalers that profited during the state’s energy crisis more than a dozen years ago if a federal judge’s recommendation holds up at trial, state regulators said Thursday.

04/05/2013

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