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(AP)

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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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.

03/22/2012

A PG&E SmartMeter. (CBS)

California Regulators Map Out Smart Meter Opt-Out Options

A possible opt-out plan for state utilities is still months away from coming to fruition.

09/14/2011

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California Sets Nation’s Highest Renewable Power Goals

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring California utilities to get one-third of their power from renewable sources, giving the state the most aggressive alternative energy mandate in the U.S.

CBS San Francisco–04/12/2011

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California Legislature Approves Renewable Energy Rules

California lawmakers have approved a bill that would create the most ambitious renewable energy standards in the nation.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/30/2011

(AP)

Energy-Efficient Californians To Save Money Through New Program

A new energy saving program has been rolled out in the Bay Area to help homeowners become more energy efficient while saving on utility costs.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–03/02/2011

Wind generators (AP)

California Senate Approves Rules For Renewable Energy

The state Senate has approved a law setting rules for how utilities can meet the state’s ambitious goal to draw a third of their power from alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal within 10 years.

CBS San Francisco–02/24/2011

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