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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.
March 29, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Demand for power may outstrip supplies in Southern California if the temperature this summer is higher than usual, the state's electric grid operator said in its latest summer power forecast. The Southland will have inadequate power resources if the heat reaches a level that occurs about 10% of the time, the California Independent System Operator said in a report posted Monday on its website. California's Energy Commission made a similar forecast Feb. 22.
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.
Top California officials on Wednesday deplored disclosures that a company run by H. Ross Perot provided energy traders with a blueprint for manipulating the state's electricity market, and Gov. Gray Davis called on the federal government to investigate. "If true, this is an ethical violation of the highest order and quite possibly a criminal offense," Davis said in calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to investigate the allegations against Perot Systems Corp.
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.
June 14, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
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 | By Nancy Rivera Brooks
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.
March 19, 2010 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's appointees at the Department of Water and Power took the first step Thursday toward imposing electric rate increases of up to 28%, despite complaints from neighborhood activists and business groups. On a 4-0 vote, the board agreed to increase the cost of electricity by 0.8 of a cent per kilowatt hour, the first of four increases planned over the next year to help the nation's largest municipal utility cover its financial commitments and continue Villaraigosa's plan for securing more renewable power.
May 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
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.
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.
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