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  • A Message from the California Public Utilities Commission

    04/18/2014 11:29:31 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 30 replies
    email inbox | April 19, 2014 | PG&E
    Look for a Climate Credit from the State of California on Your April Utility Bill This month your electricity bill will include a credit identified as the "California Climate Credit." Twice a year, in April and October, your household and millions of others throughout the state will receive this credit on your electricity bills. The Climate Credit is a payment to Californians from a program designed to fight climate change by limiting the amount of greenhouse gas pollution that our largest industries put into the atmosphere. This program is one of many developed as a result of landmark legislation called...
  • PG&E Criminally Charged in Fatal San Bruno Pipeline Blast

    04/02/2014 4:07:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014
    Pacific Gas and Electric was charged on Tuesday with federal felony counts involving safety violations linked to a 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in the San Francisco Bay Area. The indictment charges the utility with 12 felonies and accuses it of violating numerous federal pipeline safety laws. Federal prosecutors allege that PG&E knowingly relied on erroneous and incomplete information when assessing the safety of the pipeline that eventually ruptured, sparked a fireball and leveled 38 homes in San Bruno.
  • LOW TECH TERROR ON THE GRID - Why the terror attack in Silicon Valley?

    02/11/2014 1:08:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2.10.14 | Jed Babbin
    Sometime before April 16, 2013, one or more people scouted the Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s high-voltage Metcalf substation off Highway 101 near San Jose, California. They went around the unmanned power station at a range of 40-60 yards, marking places from which the transformers’ cooling fins were clearly visible through the chain-link fence with piles of stones. According to a Wall Street Journal report last week, at about 1 a.m. on that April 16, someone cut the telephone lines going to the substation’s location in a manner calculated to be hard to repair. Within about another thirty minutes, shooters...
  • Emergency Alert to Conserve Energy After PG&E Substation Vandalized (Silicon Valley Companies)

    04/16/2013 11:43:39 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 13 replies
    NBC (Bay Area, CA) ^ | 4/16/13 | Lisa Fernandez and Kris Sanchez
    Damage to South Bay substation triggers power alert About 10,000 gallons of oil began leaking Tuesday morning from a transformer at a San Jose PG&E substation, which authorities said was vandalized, possibly damaged by gunfire. The damage prompted the California Independent Service Operator to issue a "Flex Alert" Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for Silicon Valley because of the heavy damage at the substation on Metcalf Road. The agency asked everyone in Northern California, but especially in Silicon Valley, to conserve energy as crews are working to fix the substation's damaged equipment. Power is being rerouted as the work is being...
  • Former Federal Energy Official Says April Attack On San Jose PG&E Substation Was Terrorism

    02/05/2014 4:51:28 PM PST · by rfreedom4u · 40 replies
    CBS News SF Bay Area ^ | 5 February 2014 | CBS
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The former head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission believes the attack on a PG&E substation in South San Jose last spring was not an act of vandalism, but instead a terrorist attack. In April of last year, someone shot numerous rounds that damaged equipment at the Metcalf Road substation and also severed underground fiber optic cables nearby. In an interview Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal, former FERC chief Jon Wellinghoff called the attack ”the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred.” Wellinghoff told the newspaper he’s going...
  • Green (money) Lobby Holds Property Values Hostage in Hinckley, CA

    09/08/2012 7:47:28 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 1 replies
    Calwatchdog.com ^ | Sept. 7, 2012 | Wayne Lusvardi
    In Hinckley, California, it is reportedly hard to separate a chemical compound called chromium 6 from a contaminated underground water basin called a toxic plume. And it is equally hard to separate out whether it is unsalable homes in Hinckley due to the depressed economy that is the problem or whether it is the so-called toxic substance of chromium 6 in the drinking water from wells that presents a health hazard. Hinckley is a semi-rural desert area located near the City of Barstow and has 588 households as of the 2010 census. The Infamous ‘Erin Brockovich’ Case The Pacific Gas...
  • Refuse to pay 'Smart Meter' op-out fees

    03/22/2012 4:27:29 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 57 replies · 1+ views
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | 03/22/2012 | Libertynotfree
    We the below refuse to pay any additional fees to retain our analog meters or have smart meters that were installed without our permission replaced with a safe, reliable analog. Please spread the word and have everyone you know sign this Petition.
  • Only 4,400 PG&E customers opt out of SmartMeters

    02/15/2012 5:03:48 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/15/12 | David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer
    In the two weeks since state regulators gave them the choice, about 4,400 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers have decided to opt out of the utility's SmartMeter program and stick with older, analog meters instead. The number, reported by PG&E today, is just a fraction of the 145,000 to 150,000 customers that PG&E predicted would eventually choose not to receive a wireless, digital SmartMeter. But many people may not yet realize that they have a choice. The California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state's utilities, for years insisted that all PG&E customers would receive the new meters, which...
  • PG&E restores power to SmartMeter protesters

    12/20/2011 2:41:33 PM PST · by Libertynotfree · 17 replies
    naturalremediesmatter ^ | Dec20,2011 | Libertynotfree
    The decision affects roughly a half-dozen PG&E customers, most in Santa Cruz County, who paid electricians to replace the SmartMeters with more traditional, analog models. PG&E cut off their power in a bid to deter others from following suit. At first, the utility insisted it would restore electricity only if those people agreed to let PG&E install another SmartMeter. On Thursday, the company offered a second option, saying customers could also choose a digital meter that lacked a wireless transmitter. But some of the SmartMeter opponents still held out, saying the digital meters contained a power-switching device that produced its...
  • PG&E Cuts Off Families.......

    12/15/2011 2:53:44 PM PST · by Libertynotfree · 18 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Dec 15, 2011 | Admin
    PG&E Cuts Off Families Who Replaced Hazardous ‘Smart’ Meters After the commissioner cleared the way to allow public to restores their analog meter back on their home. PGE seems they are not quite co-operated; they shut off a dozen households in Santa Cruz and Calaveras Counties who had swapped out their “Smart meter” for analog. Read full story… http://www.naturalremediesmatter.wordpress.com
  • Major PG&E gas line ruptures during test (blow'd a crater in alfalfa field near town of Weedpatch)

    10/24/2011 7:39:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/24/11 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    (10-24) 18:52 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A major Pacific Gas and Electric Co. gas transmission line serving the Bay Area ruptured during a pressure test Monday south of Bakersfield, just as the company was planning to boost gas levels on the pipeline to meet winter demand. The 34-inch transmission line that runs from the Arizona border to Milpitas failed during a spike test at 9 a.m., blowing a crater in an alfalfa field near the town of Weedpatch (Kern County), PG&E officials said. The line is one of two parallel transmission pipes that run to a major PG&E terminal in...
  • PG&E Hit Hard By Antioch Copper Thefts

    06/17/2011 11:10:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    CBS Local ^ | June 14, 2011
    Copper wire continues to be snatched from the East Bay city of Antioch this year, and that’s translating into a big problem for Pacific Gas and Electric – considering how much the utility relies on the material. Since the first of the year, 300 power poles have been knocked down in Antioch. The wiring contained on and within the poles was subsequently ripped off. Stealing copper wire is nothing new, but Antioch police describe the recent spate of incidents unusual. PG&E, meanwhile, maintains it takes $500 to repair a pole containing just dollars worth of copper. Copper went for $1.25/lb...
  • PG&E carbon offsets come from protected forests

    06/17/2011 4:04:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/17/11 | Susanne Rust, California Watch
    California's largest utility promises its customers green salvation through its ClimateSmart program. For every bit of energy a Pacific Gas & Electric ratepayer uses - from turning on a vacuum cleaner to powering up a computer or heating up an oven - a little part of a tree or forest is saved to erase the carbon sins of the customer. The voluntary program costs participants about $60 a year. But the company isn't telling its customers one crucial fact: Those forests were purchased years ago by a Virginia conservation group that used nearly $50 million in loans and grants from...
  • Some customers angered by SmartMeter opt-out plan [you pay to NOT play]

    04/07/2011 8:45:08 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 71 replies
    The Daily Californian ^ | 4/4/11 | Anjuli Sastry
    After being directed to create a SmartMeter opt-out proposal by the California Public Utilities Commission early last month, PG&E released a proposal that has angered customers who are frustrated with the high costs of disabling the meters, considering that they never gave their consent for installation. The opt-out proposal, which was released March 24, allows customers to disable the radios inside their gas or electric meters with the option of either paying a $135 up-front fee followed by a $20 monthly charge or a $270 up-front fee followed by a $14 monthly charge to cover the costs of implementing the...
  • CA: Energy mandates ignore real world

    04/03/2011 9:18:34 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 4/3/11 | Op/Ed
    Gov. Jerry Brown is expected in coming days to sign a bill requiring that 33 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2020, much more than the present requirement of 20 percent. This is by far the most ambitious plan of any state, spurred by a determination to reduce the emissions that contribute to global warming and to stop sending billions of dollars each year to oil-producing nations with troubling agendas. But on two fronts, there is a quality of make-believe to the legislation. For starters, given the extent of opposition to renewable-energy projects, California was going...
  • California Assembly approves higher renewable energy standard

    03/29/2011 5:58:30 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    mercurynews.com ^ | 29 Mar 2011 | Dana Hull
    California's Assembly on Tuesday approved one of the most ambitious renewable energy programs in the nation. The bill requires the state's utilities to get 33 percent of their power from renewable resources like biomass, geothermal, solar and wind by 2020, up from the current target of 20 percent by 2010. Currently, the state's three investor-owned utilities -- Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric -- get 18 percent of their electricity from wind farms, solar power plants, geothermal, and biomass facilities, according to a new report from the California Public Utilities Commission. But they...
  • SmartMeters: PG&E wants to charge users to opt out

    03/25/2011 4:24:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 3/25/11 | David R. Baker
    Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers afraid of the radiation from the company's wireless SmartMeter may soon have a choice: Accept the device as is. Or ask PG&E to turn off the meter's transmitter - and pay higher monthly bills as a result. As much as $20 more per month. (Snip) In a bid to defuse the controversy, the company suggested in November that it might offer customers a way to opt out of the $2.2 billion program. The president of the California Public Utilities Commission ordered PG&E this month to submit its plan by Thursday.
  • San Bruno scams: Officials watch for 'vermin'

    09/17/2010 12:01:15 AM PDT · by thecodont · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Thursday, September 16, 2010 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    (09-16) 14:36 PDT SAN BRUNO -- Two women were charged Thursday with trying to impersonate victims of last week's deadly pipeline blast in San Bruno, as state and local authorities warned that identity thieves, unscrupulous contractors and others seeking to wring profit from tragedy would be punished severely. "We view them as vermin," said Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County's chief deputy district attorney, referring to anyone caught exploiting the fiery rupture of a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. natural gas transmission line, which destroyed 37 homes and killed at least four people. He said suspects would not be offered plea...
  • PG&E had received OK to repair pipeline near San Bruno, but work was never done

    09/15/2010 4:52:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/15/10 | Marc Lifsher
    State regulators in 2007 gave Pacific Gas and Electric Co. the go-ahead to spend $5 million of ratepayer money to replace a 62-year-old section of the same pipeline that exploded last week in San Bruno. But the work never got done as scheduled in 2009, and this year the utility asked for another $5 million to do the same job by 2013, according to documents submitted by PG&E to the California Public Utility Commission as part of a general rate-hike request. While the cause of the pipeline explosion has yet to be determined, experts say that in general older lines...
  • Choice of power in S.F. likely to raise costs

    06/07/2010 7:40:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 21+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/7/10 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Even as Californians head to the polls to decide Tuesday whether cities will need two-thirds voter approval to get into the public power business, San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission is scrambling to unveil its own green energy proposal. Commission staffers are trying to work out a deal by Tuesday with Power Choice LLC, the consortium the PUC selected to deliver green power. Even if they succeed, one thing is becoming clear, those close to the talks tell us - customers will be paying considerably more than what they fork over now to PG&E. The Board of Supervisors has threatened to...
  • PG&E acknowledges technical problems with smart meters

    04/26/2010 6:53:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 823+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 4/26/10 | Dana Hull
    After months of denying any technical problems with its smart meter program, PG&E publicly acknowledged Monday a range of glitches affecting tens of thousands of the digital meters But the San Francisco-based utility said it had found just 8 meters that inaccurately reported a customer's energy use. It would not say how many of the 5.5 million meters installed so far have been tested for accuracy after installation. PG&E detailed 43,376 cases in which the meters were involved in other kinds of problems. It said 23,000 meters were installed improperly, 11,376 failed to retain consumer usage information and 9,000 had...
  • Some worry PG&E's proposed new rates could hurt California's solar market-From $0.50 to $0.30/kWh

    04/05/2010 11:29:58 AM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 37 replies · 1,118+ views
    Silicon Valley Mercury News ^ | 4/4/2010 | Dana Hull
    Bill Schrader uses a lot of electricity at his 5,200-square-feet house in Alamo, particularly when the air conditioning runs during the sweltering summer months... the Schraders were among the 17 percent of PG&E customers statewide who paid the highest prices for electricity in the utility's current five-tiered rate system designed to reward conservation and punish big energy users with high bills... PG&E has proposed a new rate plan that many fear could both discourage energy conservation and stall California's solar market... The proposed rate structure, announced last week, would replace the current five tiers with three... Customers currently in "Tier...
  • Toxic Telephone Poles (wacky enviro lawsuit)

    11/17/2009 2:25:47 PM PST · by KingofZion · 11 replies · 808+ views
    Toxic Tort Litigation Blog ^ | 11/06/2009 | William A. Ruskin
    In a first-of-its-kind litigation, the Ecological Rights Foundation ("ERF") has alleged in a Complaint brought in federal district court in San Francisco that Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) is in violation of the Clean Water Act ("CWA") and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ("RCRA"). ERF alleges that the treatment of PG&E's utility poles treated with pentachlorophenol ("penta"), a wood preservative, has resulted in contamination of groundwater and surface water throughout four counties in Northern California -- Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco, including San Francisco Bay. The suit implicates all of the estimated 300,000 utility poles that...
  • PG&E blames pigeon for four-alarm San Jose fire

    09/03/2009 12:48:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 584+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 9/3/09 | John Woolfolk
    A pigeon that nuzzled too close to another bird on a high-voltage line Wednesday got zapped into eternity and likely sparked the four-alarm brush fire that scorched several acres on San Jose's Communications Hill, PG&E officials said Thursday. San Jose fire Capt. Scott Kouns said the cause of the fire that blackened some 15 acres and the skies above before it was extinguished two hours later officially remains under investigation. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and an outbuilding was burned. But Jennifer Zerwer, spokeswoman for Pacific Gas & Electric, said utility crews found a downed 12-kilovolt power line and a...
  • PG&E strikes huge solar power deal with BrightSource

    05/13/2009 12:15:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 797+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/13/09 | Tracy Seipel
    In what is touted to be the largest solar deal in the world, Pacific Gas & Electric today announced that it has expanded a series of solar-power contracts with Oakland's BrightSource Energy for a total of 1,310 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 530,000 California homes during peak hours. Peak hours in the state are usually from noon to 7 p.m. The power purchase agreements, which will now include seven power plants, add to a previous contract the two companies struck last April for up to 900 megawatts of solar thermal power. The deal with PG&E means BrightSource now...
  • "No-brainer" (SF PG&E support for same-sex marriage could cost it some customers )

    09/05/2008 10:46:50 AM PDT · by kellynla · 10 replies · 497+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | September 5, 2008 | staff
    Though many are likely unaware that the law permits it, customers of a Northern California public utility that donated $250,000 toward the defeat of Proposition 8 can change providers in protest if they want. [[PGElogo.jpg]]After San Francisco based Pacific Gas & Electric made the large donation to the No on 8 campaign, thousands of the company’s frustrated customers expressed their outrage in the form of emails, letters and comments on various blogs. But a California public interest law firm that fights for conservative causes put its legal researchers to work and found another way for pro-marriage customers of PG&E to...
  • Two Large Solar Plants Planned in California

    08/15/2008 4:58:41 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 56 replies · 436+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 14, 2008 | Matthew L. Wald
    Companies will build two solar power plants in California that together will put out more than 12 times as much electricity as the largest such plant today, the latest indication that solar energy is starting to achieve significant scale. The plants will cover 12.5 square miles of central California with solar panels, and in the middle of a sunny day will generate about 800 megawatts of power, roughly equal to the size of a large coal-burning power plant or a small nuclear plant. A megawatt is enough power to run a large Wal-Mart store. Though the California installations will generate...
  • PG&E Executive Responds to Criticism of $250,000 Donation to Defeat Protect Marriage Proposition

    08/11/2008 10:56:42 PM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 63 replies · 200+ views
    August 11, 2008 | Saundra Duffy
    PG&E - a public utility - donated $250,000 to defeat Proposition 8 - marriage is between one man and one woman - to be voted on by California voters this November. Many of us wrote letters of protest to PG&E Senior Vice President, Nancy E. McFadden, who is the spokesperson in charge of defending PG&E's outrageous donation. Here is her response: August 6, 2008 "Dear Saundra Duffy-Hawkins: "Thank you for your feedback about Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) recent shareholder contribution in opposition to Proposition 8. "Our company has regularly taken positions on public policy issues that affect the...
  • PG&E joins fight against Proposition 8

    08/05/2008 11:20:39 AM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 28 replies · 835+ views
    SignOnSanDiego.com ^ | July 29, 2008 | Union Tribune News Blog
    SACRAMENTO - PG&E, the huge utility that serves Northern California, has waded into the controversy over same-sex marriage by donating $250,000 to the campaign against Proposition 8, which would ban same-sex marriage. The donation was announced Tuesday morning by Equality California, a gay rights group that is opposing the ban, and PG&E officials. In a news release, Nancy McFadden, vice president for PG&E, said the utility was "proud to join No on 8 and Equality California to protect the freedom to marry for all Californians." A spokeswoman for Proposition 8, Jennifer Kerns, said she was not surprised.
  • Prop 8 briefs: PG&E helps launch biz council

    08/05/2008 12:05:04 AM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 9 replies · 240+ views
    Bay Area Reporter ^ | July 31, 2008 | Seth Hemmelgarn
    Pacific Gas and Electric Company has made a shareholder contribution of $250,000 to the Vote No on 8 – Equality for All campaign, and the utility will be approaching other businesses to join the fight to defeat the ballot measure. At an event at PG&E's headquarters Tuesday, July 29, Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, said that businesses have stood with the LGBT community in efforts to win equality, and "that's going to get us victory." "Businesses understand why this is important ... and they understand it's the right thing to do," he said, noting the value of equality...
  • FReeper Streaming Live Today (Aug. 4) at 1 on Prop 8 (Same Sex Marriage Ban)

    08/04/2008 7:55:03 AM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 13 replies · 312+ views
    Central Valley Talk ^ | August 4, 2008 | Saundra Duffy
    Today (Monday, Aug. 4) at 1 p.m. (PST) Scott Hawkins (FReeper name "Lager") will be on the Internet - streaming live - discussing the same sex marriage proposal (Prop 8). Please tune in today if you can at 1 (California time): www.centralvalleytalk.com Also, you might be interested in this article and FR thread about PG&E donating $250,000 to defeat Prop 8: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2056075/posts?page=15 Yes, Scott Hawkins is my husband and thanks to all the FReepers and friends who prayed for Scott when he had his cancer battle. We are coming up on 5 years and Dr. Kane at California Cancer Center...
  • PG&E backs gay marriage rights

    08/03/2008 11:17:37 PM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 61 replies · 175+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 30, 2008 | Aurelio Rojas
    Pacific Gas and Electric Co., California's largest investor-owned utility, has contributed $250,000 to defeat a ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriage in the state, it was announced Tuesday. Businesses often steer clear of ballot measures that deal with social issues for fear of alienating customers. But PG&E officials said the San Francisco-based company's effort to defeat Proposition 8 on the Nov. 4 ballot is consistent with its long-time advocacy of equality for all.
  • Power Outages In San Francisco Bring Down Major Websites

    07/24/2007 3:24:54 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 28 replies · 1,415+ views
    laughingsquid.com ^ | July 24, 2007
    6 back-to-back power outages hit the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco Tuesday afternoon causing major havoc with popular web services. 365 Main is down, along with craigslist, Netflix, Technorati, Yelp, AdBrite and SixApart. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is currently working on the issue. It is now estimated that over PG&E 51,000 customers are with out power. So the big question, where is the backup power at the data centers used by these services? UPDATE 1: Digg is still up UPDATE 2: Some services, like Technorati are starting to come back online.
  • Erin Brockovich: Environmental Fraud

    11/27/2006 11:28:22 AM PST · by nancyvideo · 5 replies · 532+ views
    RightBias Blogspot ^ | 11-26-06 | Nancy Morgan
    I just read where a judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by 'celebrity legal crusader Erin Brokovich'. Apparently Brockovich, trading on her totally unearned reputation as an environmental crusader, tried to do the same thing to the Beverly Hills Unified School District that she did to Pacific Gas and Electric years ago. Namely, advance false claims of cancer, get the public revved up, and have a top tier lawyer game them for millions in 'damages.' Having been closely involved in the farce of the original 'Brockovich' lawsuit, I thought I'd take this opportunity to debunk the whole dirty little...
  • PG&E to buy natural gas made from cow manure

    10/12/2006 6:33:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 587+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced plans Thursday to buy natural gas generated from cow manure on California dairy farms. PG&E officials said the utility signed a deal with Microgy Inc., a subsidiary of Portsmouth, N.H.-based Environmental Power Corp., to buy enough biomethane to power an estimated 50,000 homes. The agreement represents the PG&E's first purchase of natural gas generated from cow patties. Manure-derived methane could make up a larger share of the San Francisco-based utility's electricity supply if the pilot project is successful, said spokeswoman Darlene Chiu. The deal could help increase the percentage of PG&E's electricity...
  • Commercial Real Estate Bubble Feared: Prices, Vacancy Rates are High

    07/20/2005 6:57:42 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 21 replies · 1,851+ views
    NewsObserver ^ | 7/20/2005 | Terry Pristin
    It was only last year that the Bank of America Center, long the dominant building in San Francisco's financial district, was sold to a group of New York investors for an impressive $825 million. Now the 52-story reddish-brown granite tower is said to be going on the market again. This time, the sellers are hoping that the price will reach as high as $1.25 billion. In recent weeks, the feverish residential market has spurred incessant talk about the prospect of a housing bubble. But prices for commercial real estate have also been going through the roof, despite high office-vacancy rates...
  • PG&E bills to spike in January

    12/30/2005 6:07:39 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 6 replies · 471+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 12-30-2005 | Matthai Chakko Kuruvila
    PG&E customers are about to get stung with a double whammy on energy prices. Natural gas bills, whose rates fluctuate monthly, will go up by nearly 44 percent in January. Electric rates are rising to a record high -- more than what they were during the 2000-2001 energy crisis. Both price spikes are being driven by the growing cost of natural gas, whose supply hasn't fully recovered from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The result is that customers will pay an average of $50 more this January than they did in January 2005. The price hikes have been anticipated for months....
  • CA: December heating bills could be lower than forecast (PG&E says 25% vs. 38% --- Whewww!)

    12/02/2005 11:51:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 441+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 12/2/05 | ap - San FRancisco
    SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers can expect significantly higher heating bills in December compared with the same time last year, but the increase won't be quite as severe as previously forecast. PG&E, which serves most of Northern California, said Thursday that natural gas bills will probably rise 25 percent this month compared with a year ago, which is down from the utility's previous estimate of a 38-percent increase. The average bill is now expected to be $110.55, compared with $88.10 last year at this time, according to the San Francisco-based utility. Mild weather has helped reduce...
  • That's Entertainment!: Brockovich's Story Merely Movie Magic

    10/02/2005 7:54:11 AM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies · 454+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/3/2005 | Editor
    Science: Erin Brockovich, the environmental heroine celebrated in the movie of the same name, is receiving the Harvard School of Public Health's highest honor. Too bad her fame is based on an enormous falsehood.The Julia Richmond Award is given, Harvard says, to those who "have promoted and achieved high standards for public health conditions."In this case, as a letter to an outraged alumnus, American Council of Science and Health President Elizabeth Whelan said, it's for Brockovich's efforts "on behalf of all of us, and especially the residents of Hinkley, California, whose health was adversely affected by a toxic substance dumped...
  • Natural gas price to soar 71 percent (PG&E)

    09/30/2005 12:20:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 68 replies · 1,533+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 9/30/05 | Chuck Carroll
    PG&E customers will pay a whopping 71 percent more in October for natural gas than they did last October, the utility will announce this morning. PG&E scheduled an 11 a.m. news conference in San Jose to explain the impact of the hike on consumers' bills and the reason for it. Giving a preview of the event, PG&E spokesman Jeff Smith blamed the price increase on Hurricane Rita, which knocked out numerous natural-gas producing facilities on the Texas Gulf Coast. ``What Katrina did for gasoline prices, Rita has done for natural gas.'' Smith acknowledged the news was not good for consumers,...
  • CA: PG&E Gas Bills To Soar

    09/14/2005 4:24:25 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 8 replies · 413+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 14, 2005 | Dan Fost
    CALIFORNIA IMPACT: Although the state's utility doesn't buy directly from the Gulf Coast, the coming shortage there will cause higher prices here Home heating bills in Northern California will leap by an estimated 40 percent this winter as a result of the loss of natural gas production when Hurricane Katrina blew through the Gulf of Mexico. That's the steepest increase since fraud and deregulation caused a major spike in 2001, and it's especially painful because of the higher gasoline prices consumers already have suffered as a result of the hurricane. The average monthly gas portion of a Pacific Gas and...
  • [CA] PUC approves rate cut for businesses

    09/08/2005 9:18:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 152+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/8/5 | Rick Jurgens
    SAN FRANCISCO - Citing the need for jobs, the state Public Utilities Commission decided Thursday to let PG&E and Southern California Edison offer 25 percent electricity rate discounts to persuade employers to stay or expand in California or move here. Job losses are "a hidden tax on every Californian," said PUC member Susan Kennedy, who sponsored the discount proposal aimed especially at light manufacturers, steel and plastic makers, food processors and cement producers.The panel voted unanimously to overturn an administrative law judge's decision that termed the discounts "an attractive lure that will draw free riders" and cause a multimillion-dollar revenue...
  • GOOD GOVERNMENT AND MINORITY PROGRAMS, GONE BAD!

    03/06/2005 11:51:53 AM PST · by CaliforniaIndependent · 1 replies · 145+ views
    http://www.ThisIsJustice.com ^ | 3/6/05 | California Independent
    In the liberal state of California, more of us are giving less attention to our party affiliation, and more attention to fixing our problems. Our new Governor has done a great job in the short time he's been in office. Many will argue this, but the bottom line is fiscal responsibility, and we can now see some light at the end of the tunnel. However, there are some governmental and minority programs in California that need to be scrutinized very closely. That's probably true at the federal level, as well, but California is not a bad place to start, right...
  • The TEXAS Connection (Enron-PGE takeover connected to CA Senator Feinstein)

    11/04/2004 11:02:36 AM PST · by Robert357 · 19 replies · 1,348+ views
    Wilamette Week Online ^ | 11/3/2004 | NIGEL JAQUISS
    Last week, a well-respected online business publication provided yet another possible link between Neil Goldschmidt and the Texans who recruited him to take over Portland General Electric. On Oct. 28, Bloomberg News published an account of Texas Pacific Group's struggle to buy Oregon's largest utility. The story quoted Richard Blum, a San Francisco investor who has been a business partner and hiking companion of Texas Pacific CEO David Bonderman for the past decade. Blum is no stranger to acquiring heavily regulated businesses in Oregon--nor is he a stranger to Goldschmidt. Correspondence obtained by WW from the state archives shows that...
  • Blame Edison, PG&E and their pols - not Enron

    07/25/2004 8:59:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 518+ views
    OC Register ^ | 7/25/04 | Wayne C. Lusvardi w/ Charles B. Warren
    As someone who sat on the energy crisis task force for one of the state's largest utilities, I believe Doug Gamble ["Let's hope feds lay into Lay," California Focus, July 20] fails to understand that the political responses to the California energy crisis of 2000-02 were comprised of governmental gambling schemes much worse than Enron's legal gaming of the system. Enron charged less on average for electricity than most of the municipally owned utilities in the Pacific West during the crisis. Enron committed accounting and securities fraud that was not uncovered by regulators but by investors who learned Enron was...
  • Monumental deal for PG&E land

    04/02/2004 10:24:16 AM PST · by farmfriend · 49 replies · 388+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 2, 2004 | Paul McHugh
    <p>Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s bankruptcy reorganization has resulted in a windfall for California's environment: A vast acreage of pristine mountain land owned by the utility will be permanently protected, and a $100 million fund will be created to maintain it and open it to recreational use.</p>
  • PG&E seeks regulated power plants

    03/25/2004 11:16:16 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 10 replies · 267+ views
    Bloomberg via Oakland Tribune ^ | March 25, 2004 | Christopher Martin
    PG&E Corp., owner of California's largest utility, hopes to get approval to build plants that would sell electricity at regulated rates, reversing a state policy of separating ownership of power stations and utilities. "We want to invest in new cost-of-service generation," Chief Executive Robert D. Glynn Jr. said at an investor conference in New York sponsored by Morgan Stanley and broadcast on the Internet. "It's a business we know how to do." PG&E and other California utility owners were forced under the state's deregulation plan to sell power plants to help foster competitive wholesale electricity markets. During the California energy...
  • PG&E payouts under fire - $83M Reasons To Probe PG&E

    01/09/2004 7:39:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 144+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/9/04 | David Lazarus - SF Chronicle
    <p>PG&E's top brass may be laughing all the way to the bank with more than $83 million in bonus money. But state regulators are gearing up to investigate the matter, and legislation is in the works aimed at discouraging such generous payouts from happening again.</p>
  • PG&E bailout deal lands lawyers $227 million

    12/28/2003 9:28:19 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 3 replies · 197+ views
    SF Chron ^ | 12/24/03 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    <p>Not a lot of "ho-ho-ho's" at Pacific Gas and Electric Co., what with the big blackout and then the earthquake, but one group sure is smiling -- namely, the lawyers who represented the utility in its bankruptcy proceedings.</p> <p>It turns out that as part of that $8 billion, ratepayer-funded deal to bring PG&E out of bankruptcy, the state Public Utilities Commission signed off on $227 million in attorney fees.</p>
  • Substation fire causes power outage in San Francisco

    12/20/2003 9:53:04 PM PST · by steve86 · 31 replies · 175+ views
    Substation fire causes widespread power outage in San Francisco Saturday, December 20, 2003 (12-20) 19:22 PST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A fire at an electrical substation has caused a widespread power outage here affecting about 120,000 customers, the Pacific Gas & Electric Company said. The blackout, which started just before 6 p.m. Saturday, has affected many San Francisco neighborhoods, including parts of North Beach, Chinatown, Fillmore, Western Addition, the Mission, Sunset, Richmond and downtown, said PG&E spokesman Jonathan Franks. The outage was caused by a fire that broke out at the Mission substation, which feeds smaller neighborhood substations. PG&E employees...