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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.


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.



PG&E Seeks Rate Hike To Pay For System Upgrades

Pacific Gas & Electric wants to raise customers’ bills by as much as $12 per month to upgrade its gas and electricity systems.



PG&E Rolls Out New Electric-Powered Trucks

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.


A PG&E SmartMeter (CBS)

Peninsula Residents Get Free Energy Audits

Mountain View residents now have a free way to track down the energy guzzling devices and appliances in their homes.


Power Outage

Equipment Failure Knocks Out Power In SF Richmond District

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.


Firefighters at the scene of a house fire on the 2200 block of Beckham Lane in Hayward, January 28, 2011 (Bay City News)

Illegal Wiring Blamed For Fire At Hayward Marijuana Grow House

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.



PG&E To Raise Bay Area Residential Rates

The utility said the added fees are modest and will be used to invest in new power plants and equipment.


A darkened Candlestick Park field after the second of two power outages during the San Francisco 49ers game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 19, 2011 in San Francisco. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

San Francisco Mayor Lee Calls Candlestick Outage ‘National Embarrassment’

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.”


Mount Umunhum in the Santa Cruz Mountains (Al Reinig/CBS)

1000s Without Power After Windstorm In Santa Cruz Mountains

Thousands of people throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains remain without electricity as repair crews work on getting the power turned back on.