Utilities

The Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Tesla’s Mystery Product May Be Battery Power For Your Home

Tesla shares are getting a charge from a Bloomberg report that the company will unveil a home battery and a large-scale utility battery, at an event at its Hawthorne design studio next week.

04/22/2015

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California Officials Proposing Higher Electricity Rates For Households That Consume Less

California households that use the least electricity would start paying more for it, under a proposal put before state utility regulators on Tuesday intended to bring the prices charged for electricity more in line with its actual costs.

04/22/2015

Flames and a smoke plume rise from the massive fire in a residential neighborhood September 9, 2010 in San Bruno. (Getty Images)

California Regulator Asks If PG&E Is ‘Too Big’ To Operate Safely Before Voting On $1.6 Billion Penalty

Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California’s largest power utility, is too large and has too much money to be held accountable. That’s expected to be the message Thursday as the state’s top utility regulator prepares to vote on a penalty for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion.

04/09/2015

Water meter

Bay Area Startup MeterHero Makes Saving Water Pay; Firm Offers Rebates For Conserving

A Bay Area based company is trying to convince Californians to get serious about saving water by handing out cash.

04/03/2015

Broken Water Main

Residents Displaced, Homes Damaged When 16-Inch Water Main Breaks In Oakland’s Glenview District

About 20 EBMUD customers were without water service due to a water main break Sunday morning that resulted in property damage in Oakland’s Glenview district.

12/14/2014

The 'Light Rail' light sculpture would stretch the length of Market Street in Downtown San Francisco (TheLightRail.org)

San Francisco Supervisor’s Streetlight Legislation Aims To Improve Maintenance, Safety

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener has been beating the drums for better street lighting for years and now he’s pushing some legislative changes.

09/15/2014

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California Regulators Approve PG&E Rate Hike; Unrelated To San Bruno Pipeline Explosion

California regulators have approved a nearly $2.4 billion rate hike for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers that will see the typical customer’s monthly bill increase by $7.50 starting in the fall.

08/15/2014

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Santa Cruz Begins Mandatory Water Rationing

Residents in single-family homes are now required to limit water use in Santa Cruz, or face added fees.

05/01/2014

Water levels are low at the San Luis Reservoir, near Los Banos, California on March 11, 2009. (Robyn Beck / Getty Images)

As State Suffers Through Drought, SF Asks Residents To Cut Use

San Francisco city officials asked residents Friday to cut back on their water usage.

01/31/2014

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Watchdog Group Issues Warning Over California Clean Energy Plan

A California watchdog group says the state’s clean energy strategy will saddle ratepayers with soaring utility bills unless officials act soon to organize state energy agencies.

12/04/2012

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