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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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August 17, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved electric rate increases Wednesday to help the Department of Water and Power cover the rising cost of natural gas. The rate hikes are set to begin in October. The average DWP residential customer whose electric bill is now $606 annually could potentially see that rise incrementally to $680 by 2010. There is a chance that rates could go down over the long term.
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August 9, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa faced pressure Tuesday to give security officers at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power the same controversial pay raises given to more than 9,000 other agency workers. The mayor sidestepped the matter, at least temporarily, by asking the DWP general manager to try to negotiate a resolution.
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July 28, 2006 | Sharon Bernstein and Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writers
The heat wave that triggered widespread blackouts around Southern California occurred as the Department of Water and Power underestimated how much power Angelenos would use at one time while overestimating the quality of its equipment, according to interviews and documents. The record temperatures sent power usage to an all-time high of 6,165 megawatts -- an amount that shocked agency officials.
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July 26, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
The board of the Department of Water and Power on Tuesday approved increases in water rates, which must still be approved by the City Council. The average homeowner would see a monthly increase of about 40 cents the first year and 60 cents the next, said DWP spokeswoman Kim Hughes. Higher costs are expected for businesses and large homes. The board also approved factoring the cost of natural gas into electricity bills. A bill for the average homeowner could rise $15 a year.
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July 19, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
The Department of Water and Power clarified on Tuesday a proposal to increase water rates. The proposal calls for a rate hike averaging 2.75% overall, but most residential users would see their bills rise by 1.6% this year and by 2.2% next year, according to General Manager Ron Deaton. Businesses would pay more, and those that use a lot of water, such as hotels, would see their rates increase 11.5%.
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June 21, 2006 | Evelyn Larrubia, Times Staff Writer
Under pressure from community groups and scrutiny from its board and the City Council over the agency's spending, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is proposing a significantly scaled-back rate hike. The DWP board Tuesday approved a $3.9-billion budget based on a water-rate increase of 2.75% -- nearly a third smaller than the proposed 3.9%.
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