California officials say a big electricity trader has apparently figured out a way to exploit vulnerabilities in the state’s $8 billion-a-year electricity market, just as Enron Corp. did a decade ago.
Nearly 7,000 PG&E customers were without power in San Francisco Friday morning, a utility spokeswoman said.
Pacific Gas & Electric wants to raise customers’ bills by as much as $12 per month to upgrade its gas and electricity systems.
PG&E unveiled a first for the utility Thursday – extended range electric pickup trucks, which the company claims have the potential to transform the way electrical outages are managed.
Mountain View residents now have a free way to track down the energy guzzling devices and appliances in their homes.
An underground equipment failure knocked out power to more than 1,600 PG&E customers in San Francisco’s Richmond District Tuesday morning, a utility spokesman said.
A fire that caused heavy damage to a Hayward home Thursday afternoon appears to have been caused by illegal wire splicing, a Hayward fire captain said.
The utility said the added fees are modest and will be used to invest in new power plants and equipment.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee called the power outages that left fans and players in the dark at Monday night’s San Francisco 49ers game at Candlestick Park a “national embarrassment.”
Thousands of people throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains remain without electricity as repair crews work on getting the power turned back on.