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March 26, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Under a proposal unveiled by the Clinton administration Wednesday, all Americans within five years would be able to choose which company they buy their electricity from, saving an average family of four about $232 a year. The plan, which White House officials said will serve as a blueprint for legislation to open the $200-billion national electricity market to competition, would allow states such as California--which will deregulate its retail market Tuesday--to opt out of the federal plan.
September 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
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 | John O'Dell
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.
Soaring electric bills for an estimated 100,000 south Orange County customers prompted two supervisors Monday to seek a countywide emergency declaration that would call on the governor for help. Supervisors Tom Wilson and Todd Spitzer, whose districts extend to the San Diego County border, will ask approval for the declaration at today's board meeting. San Diego County already has declared a state of emergency.
March 18, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
A long-term agreement to provide electricity to the Disneyland Resort project at a discount will be considered by the City Council tonight. The city-owned Public Utilities Department has negotiated the agreement with the Walt Disney Co. to provide electric service at a discounted rate at least through 2005. After that, the agreement gives the city the first right of refusal through 2010 to match any offer that Disney receives from another electricity provider. Edward K.
August 3, 1997 | JAMES FLANIGAN
Providence Metallizing Co. of Pawtucket, R.I., made industrial history last week when it bought electricity directly from New Energy Ventures, a power marketing company, instead of its local utility. The transaction, for several million kilowatts of electricity, is no pilot project but the beginning of deregulated, competitive electricity sales in America. New Energy Ventures, a Los Angeles-based 50-employee firm, didn't send the electricity all the way from California.
July 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
On a day of near-record temperatures, New Yorkers crossed a historic threshold for electricity use. Con Edison, which has 3.1 million customers in the five boroughs and Westchester County, said it set a record for electric usage of 13,059 megawatts. The previous record was set the day before, when customers used 12,551 megawatts. "This is the first time we have ever gone over 13,000 in the 123-year history of Con Edison," utility spokesman Mike Clendenin said.
April 29, 1985
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a Bonneville Power Administration policy that regulates the sale of power on the high-voltage Pacific Northwest-Southwest Intertie. That policy, which toughened regulations beginning last July, sparked a lawsuit against Bonneville, a federal agency, by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, a major buyer of surplus power on the intertie.
August 15, 2006 | From Reuters
Southern California Edison on Monday issued a formal bid seeking as much as 1,500 megawatts of new electricity generation in a move to encourage power-plant construction in the West, the company said. The unit of Edison International said it wanted to purchase power under contracts of as long as 10 years in duration.
November 5, 1997
Electricity rates for Pasadena residents will increase by more than 11.28% after the City Council on Monday gave final approval to the increase to pay off the city-owned utility's debt. The increase will go into effect in mid-December. The council's action ratifies a decision last week to opt for a rate increase to help pay off the utility's $156 million in debt by 2002. That year, customers will be able to choose power from any provider.
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