October 4, 2007 |
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said it would give away 1 million energy-saving light bulbs this month in what it is calling the largest one-month promotion of compact fluorescent light bulbs. The bulbs cost more than standard incandescent light bulbs but use about 75% less energy and are said to last as much as 10 times longer. The utility said its giveaway could save 400,000 megawatt-hours of power use and prevent emission of 200,000 tons of greenhouse gases.
July 26, 2007 |
Pacific Gas & Electric, California's largest utility, will buy 553 megawatts of power from Israel's Solel Solar Systems Ltd., which is building what it said would be the world's largest solar-power plant. Solel's Mojave Solar Park will provide power equivalent to the electrical needs of 400,000 homes as PG&E seeks to reduce its reliance on carbon-based energy sources, the companies said. The $2-billion facility will be fully operational by 2011, Solel said.
June 29, 2007 |
Pacific Gas & Electric, California's largest utility, said it wanted to purchase credits from projects that would reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to fight global warming. The San Francisco-based utility is searching for projects in the livestock manure management sector that will offset the equivalent of 250,000 tons of carbon dioxide, it said. It will also include other types of investments for forestry management.
June 20, 2007 |
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said it would study the potential for using the tides in the San Francisco Bay to generate electricity. The San Francisco-based utility said that it would team up on the yearlong study with San Francisco and closely held Golden Gate Energy of Washington, which has a preliminary federal permit for tidal energy in the bay.
May 11, 2007 |
PG&E Corp., owner of California's largest utility, said first-quarter profit rose 20% on higher electricity rates. Net income rose to $256 million, or 71 cents a share, from $214 million, or 60 cents, a year earlier, the San Francisco-based company said. PG&E was expected to earn 62 cents, the average of analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
March 16, 2007 |
State utility regulators Thursday approved more sections of Southern California Edison Co.'s $1.8-billion Tehachapi renewable power transmission project as well as a 4.5% rate increase for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The Edison project is designed to allow the flow of renewable power -- mainly from wind farms in the Tehachapi area northeast of Los Angeles -- and is key to the utility's push to increase the amount of renewable power delivered to its 4.7 million electricity customers.
March 1, 2007 |
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. plans to file a federal application to study a section of ocean off Humboldt Bay to produce electricity from the power of waves. The preliminary permit application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is the first step in the possible development of the project.
November 7, 2006 |
The state's energy crisis of 2000-01 may be over, but lingering consumer frustration has contributed to a push by several cities in one Northern California county to abandon investor-owned Pacific Gas & Electric Co. California's failed experiment with energy deregulation, marked by blackouts and soaring utility rates, led PG&E and other utility giants to rack up billions of dollars in debt. Municipally owned utilities emerged relatively unscathed.
July 21, 2006 |
California regulators approved a plan by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to equip its 9.3 million customers with "smart meters" that could help conserve power in peak demand periods. The high-tech equipment, to be added to existing meters over the next five years under a $1.7-billon plan, will enable Pacific Gas, a subsidiary of San Francisco-based PG&E Corp.