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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.

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

A PG&E website screen shot featuring the Green Button tool.

PG&E Launches White House-Backed Energy Saving Program

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.

01/19/2012

powerlines

California Energy Commission Adopts New Battery Charger Standards

The California Energy Commission is adopting new efficiency rules for cell phone and other types of electronics chargers.

01/14/2012

The power goes for a second time causing a 16-minute delay before play is resumed at the 12:13 mark in the second quarter between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 19, 2011 in San Francisco.  (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Candlestick Outage Highlights Vulnerability Of US Electrical System

Monday’s Candlestick Park power outage highlighted the vulnerability of the country’s electrical system according to a UC Berkeley professor of civil engineering.

12/21/2011

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.”

12/20/2011

A utility worker repairs a damaged power line. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Power Outages Remain In Santa Cruz County, Bay Area

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.

12/02/2011

San Diego power outage, airport

SFO Flights Recovering After San Diego Power Outage

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.

09/09/2011

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