May 21, 2013 |
The Department of Water and Power has been taking it in the shorts during the mayoral campaign -- some casual visitor might assume that the DWP is on the ballot. Wendy Greuel's single biggest source of campaign support has been nearly $1.5 million from DWP workers and union members, some of whom are getting six-figure salaries and nice juicy raises that their brethren in City Hall down the hill can only dream of. And Eric Garcetti's campaign and supporters have not been shy about making this a campaign issue.
November 29, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - Almost 5 million Southern California Edison Co. customers in hundreds of cities and communities across the southern, central and coastal parts of the state will be hit with higher electric bills early next year and bigger hikes in each of the following two years. The decision, which Edison says will add an average of $7 a month to residential bills for the first year, covers Edison's costs to provide service, which amounts to about half a ratepayer's bill. Other costs for buying fuel and contracting for power deliveries fluctuate and are passed directly to consumers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2012 |
Back-to-back electricity rate hikes totaling 11.1% won preliminary approval Tuesday from the Los Angeles City Council, despite complaints from ratepayers and some members about the size of the utility's salaries. On a 10 to 4 vote, the council approved the Department of Water and Power rate increases, which are expected to generate $321 million by June 2014. The increases, which require a second vote next week, were approved after a city-hired consulting firm found that DWP salaries are "significantly higher" than those at other utilities.
August 31, 2012
Re "PUC dithers as consumers keep paying for San Onofre," Column, Aug. 29 There is no "welfare" in the system governed by the California Public Utilities Commission that oversees the delivery of electricity to 12 million customers in California. Here's how it works: Southern California Edison, an investor-owned utility, is the majority owner of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. As a regulated utility, we receive cost reimbursement and a fair investment return over a long period of time on capital that shareholders and creditors advanced up front, as they did for the steam generators - all as part of the costs required to provide emission-free electricity for 1.4 million homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2012 |
Vernon has long been a nirvana for business: Easy access to freeways and rail lines. Low taxes. Cheap, abundant supplies of electricity. Manufacturers, chemical factories and even a giant slaughterhouse thrived in Vernon's friendly confines for much of the past century, free of the protests about noise, exhaust and odors that bedeviled neighboring communities. Largely free, too, of the hordes of pesky residents that can make it so difficult for industry in California towns. But these days, the party seems to be ending.
May 23, 2012 |
That ray of light you see peeking through all the clouds darkening California's future? That's the sun. More specifically, solar power, in which California is the hands-down national leader. The state's installed solar generating capacity of about 1.2 gigawatts - the equivalent of two big conventional power plants and enough to fill the electrical demand from nearly 200,000 homes for a year - easily outstrips the next 10 highest-ranked states. It's also the fastest-growing solar market in the country.