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June 6, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
The general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power proposed rate increases Tuesday to pay for conservation programs, replacement of aging equipment and training for field workers to take the place of retirees. Ron Deaton called for 3% hikes in water charges in July 2008 and again in July 2009, adding about $2 overall per month to average residential bills. Power costs would rise by 3% three times between January 2008 and July 2009, adding about $5.
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May 24, 2007 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
The California Energy Commission on Wednesday imposed new rules that effectively forbid the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and all other municipal utilities in the state from signing new contracts with coal-fired power plants. The move, together with identical regulations imposed on private utilities in January, is a significant step toward reducing the contribution of California, the world's sixth largest economy, to global warming.
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May 9, 2007 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and a contractor it hired to reduce dust on a dry lake bed in Owens Valley both have mismanaged the project's finances, resulting in as much as $4.5 million in unnecessary costs, according to a confidential audit obtained Tuesday.
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April 15, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
About 2,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers remained without electricity Saturday night, mostly in South L.A. and Sherman Oaks, after a windstorm this week that broke power poles and toppled trees into lines. Since Thursday's bellowing winds, DWP crews have managed to restore service to more than 109,000 customers who initially lost power, but full restoration of the system was not expected until sometime today.
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February 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Four City Council members on Friday demanded an accounting by the Department of Water and Power in the wake of an internal audit of overtime paid by the municipal utility. The audit found the DWP had paid nearly $97 million in overtime during an 11-month period. "Such a large expenditure of public funds must be reviewed with the highest level of scrutiny," said the council motion, introduced by Wendy Greuel and supported by Jose Huizar, Jan Perry and Bernard C. Parks.
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February 22, 2007 | Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power ran up a $97-million overtime bill over an 11-month period, with some money going to employees who did not show up for work, an internal audit has found. The study, ordered by the board that oversees the nation's largest municipal utility, also found that some employees reported both overtime and absences on the same days. The 2 million hours of overtime were incurred between March 2005 and February 2006.
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February 17, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Department of Water and Power signed a 20-year agreement to purchase enough wind energy to power 39,000 homes. The 185 megawatts of wind energy will come from a facility under development in Utah and is expected to be ready by the end of 2008. DWP board President H. David Nahai said the agreement, announced Wednesday, would help meet a goal of using 20% renewable energy by 2010.
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January 20, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has been accused in a lawsuit of illegally recording phone calls without consent, which, if proved, could cost the agency thousands of dollars. The class-action suit, filed Jan. 10 on behalf of Lucille Estes and uncounted other callers, contends that the agency violated California privacy law, which prohibits the recording of telephone calls without the consent of both parties. On Aug.
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November 8, 2006 | Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writer
It could take decades for officials to fully upgrade the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's sagging electrical system, opening the possibility of a reprise of the massive outages that deprived more than 79,000 customers of service last summer, according to two recent reports obtained by The Times.
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October 1, 2006 | Evelyn Larrubia, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has long provided the city with cheap, reliable electricity, even when other utilities faced scarcity. But the low energy bills have come attached to millions of tons of fossil fuel pollutants, which have swirled in waterways and hovered in skies all over the West. Now the nation's largest municipal utility is at a turning point. It is under orders to find environmentally friendly fuel sources -- sun, wind, water or even waste.
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