CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2010 |
Federal investigators Friday combed the scene of one of the state's deadliest natural gas explosions, trying to determine why a decades-old, high-pressure gas pipeline exploded under a Bay Area suburb. The blast killed at least four residents, injured dozens of other and ignited fires that destroyed 37 homes in the hilly neighborhood of San Bruno. The National Transportation Safety Board, which is leading the investigation, and the pipeline owner, Pacific Gas & Electric, said they were looking into reports that residents smelled gas in the days before Thursday evening's explosion.
October 30, 2009 |
PG&E Corp. said third-quarter profit rose 4.6% as its Pacific Gas & Electric utility, California's largest, collected higher rates to cover the cost of system maintenance and upgrades. Net income climbed to $318 million, or 83 cents a share, from $304 million, or 83 cents, a year earlier, the San Francisco company said. Excluding one-time items, such as costs for gas-system maintenance and severance, profit was 93 cents a share, beating by 1 cent the average analyst estimate compiled by Bloomberg.
November 7, 2008 |
PG&E Corp., owner of California's largest utility, said third-quarter profit rose 9.4% on higher rates. Net income rose to $304 million, or 83 cents a share, from $278 million, or 77 cents, a year earlier, the San Francisco-based company said. That missed by 3 cents the average of 11 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. The flagship Pacific Gas & Electric utility is raising electricity rates by $213 million annually through 2010 under a billing plan approved by regulators in March 2007.
August 7, 2008 |
PG&E Corp., owner of California's largest utility, said second-quarter profit rose 8.9% on higher rates. Net income increased to $293 million, or 80 cents a share, from $269 million, or 74 cents a share, a year earlier, the San Francisco-based company said. Revenue climbed 12% to $3.58 billion. California utilities are spending more on electricity generators and power lines to bolster reliability and meet rising demand from a growing population. Last year, California regulators said the company's Pacific Gas & Electric utility could raise rates by $213 million in 2007 and by $125 million annually from 2008 through 2010.
July 23, 2008 |
PG&E Corp., the San Francisco-based parent of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., on Tuesday proposed building an $850-million natural-gas fueled power plant in Alameda County, near Oakland, to meet rising electricity demand. The utility acquired the Tesla Generating Station site and development rights July 17 from closely held ESI Energy, PG&E said Tuesday in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The utility wants state regulatory approval by Jan.
May 7, 2008 |
PG&E Corp. said first-quarter profit fell 13% on costs incurred by its Pacific Gas & Electric utility, the state's largest, to repair damage from torrential rain and heavy snow in January. Net income fell to $224 million, or 62 cents a share, from $256 million, or 71 cents, a year earlier, the San Francisco-based company said. The per-share results missed by 4 cents the average of analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Sales rose 11% to $3.73 billion. "Earnings were a little light, but the company is sticking to their earnings guidance for this year and next," said Michael Worms, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets in New York.