July 23, 2013 |
So much for the new, "tougher" Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC, as the agency is known, is in the process of negotiating a settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co., the huge New York bank that has been accused of serial frauds against California electricity customers and the state's electric distribution system. The reported size of the settlement price could be as high as $500 million, which would be a record penalty in a FERC proceeding. That certainly sounds like a big number.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1997
Two Lynwood sisters died Wednesday after a hair dryer fell into a bathtub and electrocuted them. Here are safety suggestions that could prevent a similar tragedy: * Unplug all counter-top appliances when not in use. This includes toasters, coffee makers, curling irons and hair dryers. When plugged into an outlet, all appliances still have dangerous electrical voltage inside--even when turned off.
May 16, 2013 |
As supermarkets try to figure out how to cut down on waste and experiment with alternative forms of energy, Kroger Co. says it's doing both simultaneously by turning landfill-bound organic matter into electricity that powers its stores, The Times' Tiffany Hsu reports . An August report from the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 40% of food in the U.S. goes uneaten. When that 20 pounds of food per person per month ends up in landfills, it contributes to 25% of the country's methane emissions.
June 21, 2011 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 |
A man climbed up an electrical tower in North Hollywood on Friday afternoon and started taking off his clothes, police said. He is now nude and several stories up. "So naked guy on electricity pole, that's what it is," said Los Angeles police Officer Christopher No. After getting the call about 4:20 p.m., officers used a loudspeaker to begin trying to persuade the man to come down from the tower, off Denny Avenue and Whitnall Highway....
December 19, 2009 |
Customers of Southern California Edison and California's other big investor-owned utilities won't see a refund on their bills from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power -- but they'll be getting $113 million in relief just the same. The DWP was accused by the three big utilities and state agencies of overcharging for electricity during the energy crisis that hit California and other Western states in 2000 and 2001. The L.A. utility, however, wasn't paid, as complaints worked their way through the regulatory and legal process.
May 4, 2004 |
The operator of the state's electrical grid asked Californians to conserve energy Monday after a Southern California transmission path reached its peak capacity. The California Independent System Operator issued a transmission emergency, but officials said they didn't expect to have to order rolling blackouts. ISO officials did ask some large electricity users to curtail their electricity use voluntarily.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1997
Edison will soon have a new competitor for electricity in Sierra Madre: City Hall. When private utility markets open to competitors next year, Sierra Madre will be getting into the utility business. The city has registered as an electrical service provider under state deregulation. City officials hope to be able to turn a profit so they can place all local utility lines underground.
September 30, 2004 |
A year after the nation's worst blackout, federal regulators issued a scathing review of the electricity industry's voluntary efforts to make their power grids more reliable. Industry audits play down shortcomings of the grid system and rely on ambiguous standards that often are ignored, according to a staff report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The agency cited improvements since the blackout that started Aug.
November 7, 1997 |
With California's bold move into deregulation of electric utilities less than two months off, a group of giant electricity users has banded together to form a nonprofit energy information and education association headquartered in Orange County. Right now, most information about energy policy and deregulation comes from the energy companies, said David Noller, president of the Institute for Multi-Site Energy Consumers.