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December 19, 1987 | DONALD WOUTAT and GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writers
Record demand due to cold weather has helped trigger shortages of natural gas in Southern California this week, forcing major commercial customers such as electric utilities to switch to oil to fuel the boilers used to make electricity. Southern California Gas Co. said Friday that it has been running short by about 500 million cubic feet per day, or nearly 10% of the natural gas demanded by its customers over the last several days.
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October 31, 2000 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The onset of the first cold weather of the year serves as a grim reminder to Orange County residents and other Southern Californians that energy inflation is about to hit them in the form of higher bills for natural gas, the heating fuel of choice for 90% of the region's residents. This winter, monthly gas bills will average $70, a 40% increase over last year, reflecting the doubling of natural-gas prices on commodity exchanges in the last 12 months.
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NEWS
October 31, 2000 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The onset of the first cold weather of the year serves as a grim reminder to Southern Californians that energy inflation is about to hit them in the form of higher bills for natural gas, the heating fuel of choice for 90% of the region's residents. This winter, monthly gas bills will average $70, a 40% increase over last year, reflecting the doubling of natural-gas prices on commodity exchanges in the last 12 months.
BUSINESS
December 1, 1994 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the current warm spell has melted memories of last month's brisk weather, Southern California residents will soon receive a chilling reminder of November's cold: monthly gas bills four to seven times higher than those for October, thanks to soaring usage. From firewood to microwaveable neck warmers, last month's cooler-than-normal temperatures and rainy conditions prompted demand for a wide variety of cold-weather products and services that usually sell later in the season.
BUSINESS
January 7, 1988 | DONALD WOUTAT, Times Staff Writer
If Southern California Gas was caught with its pants down when it couldn't deliver enough natural gas to meet demand and was forced to cut off more than 800 industrial customers last week, it appears that some of those customers were similarly exposed. About 30 turned out to be lacking the backup fuel systems they claimed to have--a claim that entitles customers to lower rates from the gas company.
NEWS
January 1, 1988 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
December's persistent cold weather and the prospect of a frosty January prompted Southern California Gas Co. on Thursday to announce that it will halt delivering gas, effective Monday noon, to 800 industrial and commercial customers that have other energy sources. At the same time, utility executives warned residential customers to expect hefty increases in their monthly fuel bills. Residential rates rise rapidly once customers start using more gas than the "normal seasonal" amount.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1989
The South Coast Air Quality Management District adopted a policy Friday that would ban the burning of oil by electric utilities in Southern California after 1996. The policy extends the oil-burning ban to commercial uses after 1997. The unanimous vote formalizes a key part of the district's controversial air quality management plan, a sweeping proposal to generally replace fossil fuels with clean-burning fuels in the region by the late 1990s.
BUSINESS
October 18, 1989 | PATRICK LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California Gas Co. will cut natural gas deliveries by more than two-thirds to electrical utilities starting Nov. 1 to save enough gas to cover demand from homes and small businesses during cold-weather months, gas company officials said Tuesday. The gas company will cut deliveries to Southern California Edison Co., the Department of Water and Power, the Imperial Irrigation District and the cities of Pasadena, Burbank and Glendale, said gas company spokesman Ralph A. Cohen.
BUSINESS
March 1, 1991 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Compressed natural gas--something of a sleeper in the ranks of alternative fuels for vehicles--will get a test drive in the Los Angeles area. Unocal Corp. and Southern California Gas Co. announced Thursday that they will sell the fuel--called CNG--to the public from two Unocal service stations. The sites will be announced by the end of the year. Natural gas has long been studied by energy companies and environmental groups--and promoted by the U.S.
BUSINESS
October 18, 1989 | PATRICK LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California Gas Co. will cut natural gas deliveries by more than two-thirds to electrical utilities starting Nov. 1 to save enough gas to cover demand from homes and small businesses during cold-weather months, gas company officials said Tuesday. The gas company will cut deliveries to Southern California Edison Co., the Department of Water and Power, the Imperial Irrigation District and the cities of Pasadena, Burbank and Glendale, said gas company spokesman Ralph A. Cohen.
BUSINESS
July 7, 1989 | PATRICK LEE, Times Staff Writer
The state Public Utilities Commission on Thursday made it easier for electrical utilities to obtain cleaner burning natural gas to make electricity during peak smog months, which should ease air quality problems that result when utilities are forced to burn oil, the PUC said. In a 5-0 vote in San Francisco, the commission relaxed a rule that had prohibited Southern California Gas Co. from earmarking natural gas stored in its vast underground fields for electrical utilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1989
The South Coast Air Quality Management District adopted a policy Friday that would ban the burning of oil by electric utilities in Southern California after 1996. The policy extends the oil-burning ban to commercial uses after 1997. The unanimous vote formalizes a key part of the district's controversial air quality management plan, a sweeping proposal to generally replace fossil fuels with clean-burning fuels in the region by the late 1990s.
NEWS
October 28, 1987
Southern California Gas Co. customers will get a little extra present this Christmas--if the state Public Utilities Commission approves. The company said it wants to pass along, as credit on its December gas bills, $25.6 million in refunds it received from gas suppliers. Actual refunds will vary depending on the individual customer's gas consumption. But the company estimated that an average user, consuming 690 therms of gas during the 12 months ending in October, would receive about $2.19.
BUSINESS
December 1, 1994 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the current warm spell has melted memories of last month's brisk weather, Southern California residents will soon receive a chilling reminder of November's cold: monthly gas bills four to seven times higher than those for October, thanks to soaring usage. From firewood to microwaveable neck warmers, last month's cooler-than-normal temperatures and rainy conditions prompted demand for a wide variety of cold-weather products and services that usually sell later in the season.
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