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July 21, 2000
I don't know why you singled out the customers of San Diego Gas & Electric as the focus of your article on massive electricity rate increases (July 17). Electricity rates have increased more than 100% in other areas. Our most recent bill showed an increase from $.0566 per kilowatt-hour last month to $.1145 per kwh. This is particularly galling in view of the fact that we buy our electricity from an alternate source, Green Mountain, that generates power from renewable resources. Shouldn't we receive some sort of discount?
May 23, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
California faces a "meaningful risk" of an electricity shortage because too few power plants are being built in the state, a study said. A power shortage in California could develop by 2006 and worsen in following years, according to a report by the Bay Area Economic Forum, a local research group with members from the business, education and labor sectors.
July 21, 2005 | Marc Lifsher
Heavy use of air conditioners led to record-breaking electricity consumption Wednesday afternoon by the 4.6 million customers of Southern California Edison Co. The utility, a unit of Rosemead-based Edison International, reported peak demand of 21,110 megawatts at 4 p.m., exceeding the old record of 20,762 megawatts set last Sept. 10.
May 18, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Electricity demand this summer will be below last year's record levels, though supplies will be tight and prices will be higher, industry and government officials said. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission based its outlook for reduced power demand in New England, New York, the mid-Atlantic and California on forecasts calling for cooler weather than last summer, which was the second-warmest on record since 1936.
August 29, 1999
To find out more about the restructured electricity industry and how to shop for power in the new market, consumers can turn to several sources: The California Public Utilities Commission runs a publicly financed education campaign, answering questions and providing brochures. Call (800) 253-0500 or go online to The PUC's main Web site (
July 4, 2001 | Nancy Rivera Brooks
A push by state utility regulators to take away the power of many California ratepayers to choose who sells them power was temporarily unplugged at the request of three state agencies.
February 1, 2001 | Tami Min, (714) 966-7410
In response to customers' concerns about the state's power crisis, Anaheim Public Utilities will start a series of free public information meetings Feb. 8. "We were getting a lot of phone calls. It's calmed down a bit," spokesperson Melanie Nieman said. Marcie Edwards, general manager of Anaheim's utilities, will talk about the statewide shortage of electricity, rate increases and how to deal with rolling blackouts. A Spanish interpreter will be at the 7 p.m. meetings on Feb. 8 and Feb.
March 23, 2001
Since Gov. Gray Davis is using emotionally charged words to describe the utilities (March 21), let's review. It may be immoral for the utilities to collect money from their customers and not pay the alternative power generators. It is also immoral for the state to: Force the utilities to sell their generating plants; force the utilities to purchase power from the new owners at spot prices (high); limit the amount the utilities can collect from their customers for that same power to a much lower price.
April 23, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Record power demand forecast for California this summer means businesses and residents will have to conserve electricity or face blackouts, the state's grid operator said Thursday. Increasing demand in a growing economy and the loss of supplies as some old plants were taken out of service means energy reserves may be unusually low during July and August, according to the California Independent System Operator, which manages the state's power network.
June 21, 2011 | By John M. Glionna and Yuriko Nagano, Los Angeles Times
In a nation where workers are known to spend long hours at the office, many salarymen are facing a rare commodity this summer: free time. These days, 7,400 Tokyo metropolitan government employees arrive at their desks — and go home — an hour earlier than usual. It's part of an ambitious plan by the government to cut energy consumption as Japan faces possible electrical shortages after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that knocked out a major nuclear power plant. The earlier start time means fewer workers at the office during late afternoon, when energy usage peaks.
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