January 18, 2013
Re "DWP will buy excess solar energy," Jan. 12 Well it's about time. But why should the L.A. Department of Water and Power limit the amount of solar energy it will buy from customers through 2016 to 100 megawatts? Why not buy all the solar power available? Why can't residential customers sell all the power they generate? Residential customers' meters should simply run backward when they generate more power than they are using, essentially selling it back at the same rate they pay. We would end up with a broad-based system less reliant on large, centralized facilities with all the large liabilities (think San Onofre)
February 15, 2014
Re "A long wait to go solar," Feb. 12 I am a retired licensed engineer and a retired licensed solar contractor. One of the deciding factors (other than age) in my retiring from the solar business in 2003 was the increasingly bureaucratic nature of the permitting process. I attended more than one lecture on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's approval process; there seemed to be no notion of time. Comparing this with Southern California Edison's process inclined us to avoid the DWP whenever possible.
July 28, 2013
Re "Unlimited sick day pay costs DWP," July 26 Your headline is unintentionally misleading. This situation isn't costing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power a penny; not a single executive or manager will feel pain as a result of DWP's poor labor and fiscal management that effectively allows employees to take unlimited sick days. No, these excesses are costing the DWP's ratepayers. This situation simply reinforces the perception that customers are indeed paying the DWP for a lot more than just water and power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 |
Real estate agent Judy Oroshnik was doing a favor for a client when she offered to call the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's customer service line to resolve a problem. Forty minutes later, her goodwill was gone. That's how long it took for a live customer service representative to answer the call, and after some wrangling, find a solution for Oroshnik's client, the Silver Lake businesswoman said. "I've called New York City's Con Ed and I was able to get through to them at any time.
August 3, 1997
No one reading "His Brown-Bag Lunch Was Worth Millions" (July 27) could deny Richard Callison deserves his $25,000 reward for spotting "one little clause on exemptions," which exempts DWP from a million-dollar fee they have been paying for 20 years. The really troubling part is that Callison's reward wasn't purely for saving the DWP millions of dollars; it was for the best suggestion of the month! I thought I was reading a Dilbert comic strip converted to text. Do they give $25,000 each month for the best suggestion?
March 19, 1995
Leon Furgatch's column (Feb. 21) relied on erroneous facts and a fundamental misunderstanding of the City Charter. The key facts are as follows: -- The mayor believes that Department of Water and Power's shareholders--the citizens of this city--are entitled to a dividend by virtue of the city's ownership and their investment in the DWP. Their investment, the mayor believes, should generate dividends comparable to other investor-owned utilities such...