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.
An outage that darkened parts of San Francisco’s Hall of Justice for more than two hours Thursday afternoon occurred as a contractor was doing electrical work at the building, a Department of Public Works spokeswoman said.
Marin county residents have an important decision to make in the next few weeks. Consumers are being asked to decide if they want to continue buying their power from PG&E, or switch to Marin Clean Energy, a program offered by the Marin Energy Authority, that offers more power from renewable sources at a few dollars more a month.
Fire crews were on the scene of a pole and transformer fire that knocked out power to thousands of Pacific Gas & Electric customers in San Francisco’s Mission District, according to fire and utility officials.
Tech leaders gathered in Santa Clara today to announce the launch of a new online tool that will give people the power to track the amount of energy they use and save money on their utility bills.
The California Energy Commission is adopting new efficiency rules for cell phone and other types of electronics chargers.
Monday’s Candlestick Park power outage highlighted the vulnerability of the country’s electrical system according to a UC Berkeley professor of civil engineering.
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.”
More than 21,000 PG&E customers remained without power in Santa Cruz County as of late Friday morning, as well as hundreds in the Bay Area.
Three flights from San Diego to San Francisco International Airport were canceled Friday morning due to a power outage in Southern California, but regular service was resuming now that power has been restored, an airport duty manager said.