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Thousands Lose Power During Bay Area Storm

About 1,650 PG&E customers remained without power in the San Jose and Morgan Hill areas due to stormy weather Wednesday morning, according to a PG&E spokeswoman.

11/20/2013

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

Electric Muni buses make their way down Stockton Street in San Francisco's Chinatown District. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

18,000 Low-Income Youth Apply For Free Muni Passes

Nearly 20,000 San Franciscans under the age of 18 have applied for free Muni passes to be issued by the end of the month as part of a 16-month pilot program.

02/08/2013

Hetch Hetchy

San Francisco Rejects Measure To Study Draining Hetch Hetchy

A proposal that could have led to the dismantling of San Francisco’s water system in Yosemite National Park’s Hetch Hetchy Valley was roundly rejected by the city’s voters Tuesday.

11/07/2012

2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevy Volt, with charging station visible; photo by George Parrott

Mapping Tool Helps Electric Vehicle Drivers Find Charging Stations

One factor that may slow would-be electric car buyers is anxiety over finding a charging station, but a local website can help green vehicle owners map out the closest place to plug-in.

09/20/2012

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Oakland Power Pole Crash Cuts Power To Hundreds

PG&E crews were repairing a utility pole in Oakland that was struck by a vehicle early Thursday morning, initially knocking out power to 668 PG&E customers, a PG&E spokeswoman said.

08/09/2012

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

The San Francisco Hall of Justice. (Getty Images)

San Francisco Hall Of Justice Power Outage Disrupts Courts, Jail

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.

06/21/2012

A PG&E SmartMeter (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Marin Residents Facing July Deadline To Pick Power Provider

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.

05/29/2012

San Francisco transformer fire

San Francisco Transformer Fire Knocks Out Power To Thousands

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.

02/22/2012

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