Electricity

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

powerlines

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

powerlines

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

An aerial view of the construction of the new San Francisco 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, February 5, 2013. (CBS)

49ers Santa Clara Stadium Boosters: Power Outage Won’t Happen Here

Santa Clara is competing with the Sun Life Stadium near Miami, to host Super Bowl 50, which will be played in 2016.

02/05/2013

treasureisland

SFPUC Looks Into Outages On Treasure Island & Yerba Buena Island

More than 2,000 residents of Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island have endured more than two dozen power outages this year. Now the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is looking into the problem.

09/06/2012

Power Outage

Palo Alto Power Outage Affecting Nearly 2,000 Homes

A power outage was affecting about 1,950 customers in Palo Alto Tuesday morning, according to the Palo Alto Utilities Department.

08/21/2012

Director of Alhambra Grid Operations Tracy Bibb keeps an eye on the state's power usage near the dispatch board in the California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO). (David McNew/Getty Images)

Weakness In Electricity Trading Exposed; State Agency $73M Short

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.

07/30/2012

Utility workers repair a power line. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco Power Outage Affects 7,000 Homes

Nearly 7,000 PG&E customers were without power in San Francisco Friday morning, a utility spokeswoman said.

07/13/2012

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