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May 1, 1993 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury Friday rejected the claims of a couple whose 5 1/2-year-old daughter incurred a rare form of cancer that they contended was caused by electromagnetic fields triggered by a tangle of power lines overlooking their suburban home. In the first U.S. case in which a public utility had been faced with a charge of negligence stemming from electromagnetic fields, attorneys for San Diego Gas & Electric Co. called the verdict a major victory.
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March 12, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
There are train wrecks, and there are train wrecks. Then there's San Onofre. You probably know San Onofre as the full-figured fiasco overlooking the Pacific Ocean near the Orange/San Diego county line. Beginning in 2004, Southern California Edison, the nuclear power plant's principal owner, oversaw a $770-million project to replace its two aging steam generators with new models. The new units, which were supposed to last 20 years, lasted scarcely 20 months before showing alarmingly severe wear and tear.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2009 | Tony Perry
Even as firefighters continue fighting the Station fire, the largest brush fire in Los Angeles County history, an emotionally charged issue is flaring over how to avoid a repeat of the disastrous 2007 fires in San Diego County. On Thursday, the Public Utility Commission is set to vote on a San Diego Gas & Electric Co. proposal to turn off power to some back-country areas during fire-prone times of high winds and low humidity. The fires, which burned more than 200,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,500 homes, were caused by sparking electrical wires blown down by unusually fierce Santa Ana winds.
BUSINESS
March 21, 1991 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opponents and proponents of Southern California Edison's planned merger with San Diego Gas & Electric Co. used a daylong public hearing here Wednesday to debate the complicated and still-unsettled question of how to define competition in the traditionally monopolistic utility industry. Although decidedly arcane, that definition will play perhaps the central role when the state Public Utilities Commission determines if the controversial merger should be completed.
BUSINESS
July 20, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
San Diego Utility Gets OK to Lower Gas Rates: The California Public Utilities Commission approved a request submitted in June by San Diego Gas & Electric Co. to lower rates by 6.5% for its natural gas customers, beginning Aug. 1. The new rates, which the utility ascribes to lower prices for bulk natural gas, will amount to a savings of $1.60 a month on a typical residential gas bill of $24.51.
BUSINESS
May 26, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
SDG&E Files Suit Against 4 Appliance Retailers: San Diego Gas & Electric Co. charged the San Diego County appliance retailers with "falsely and fraudulently" claiming rebates in a program that rewards buyers of energy-efficient refrigerators. In a suit filed in San Diego County Superior Court, SDG&E said an in-house audit found that Circuit City, Silo, ANA Photo & Appliance and Cousins Photo & Appliance Warehouse stores submitted nearly 100 false claims for rebates ranging from $25 to $225 each.
NEWS
April 8, 1986
A 20-year-old man who accepted his friends' dare to climb a San Diego Gas & Electric Co. transmission tower was electrocuted when he brushed against a wire carrying 138,000 volts of electricity, officials said. James Douglas Cole of San Diego, a student at Mesa Community College, reached the top of the tower and was on his way down when he touched the charged wire. His body landed on a crossbar and was removed by utility crews. Friends said Cole was an experienced mountain climber.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2001 | JERRY HIRSCH and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
San Diego Gas & Electric reached an agreement with Gov. Gray Davis on Monday to sell its 1,800 miles of transmission lines for $1 billion, a move that could put the state closer to its goal of creating a statewide power grid. But like a deal reached April 9 to buy Southern California Edison's larger network for $2.8 billion, the SDG&E deal must overcome considerable legislative and financial hurdles.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2001 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Diego Gas & Electric unveiled a novel plan Thursday to pay customers to fire up their backup generators when blackouts threaten. The utility said the program could cut demand on the power grid by 50 megawatts--enough to serve about 37,500 homes--allowing it to avoid or minimize blackouts this summer in San Diego and southern Orange County.
BUSINESS
April 28, 2001 | Nancy Rivera Brooks
Responding to customer complaints, the California Public Utilities Commission ordered Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to tell customers more about when they will be blacked out during times of extreme power shortages. The PUC told Edison and SDG&E to begin listing on electricity bills by June 1 the "outage block" into which each customer falls.
NEWS
March 20, 2001 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rolling blackouts that swept California on Monday were sparked in part by a crucial group of small energy producers that have cut supplies to the state's utilities because they are not being paid. California's power supply dropped Monday when alternative producers reduced output or went offline, cutting their usual deliveries to utilities in half. The lost electricity--more than seven times the cuts the companies were making just weeks ago--could have served 3 million homes.
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March 20, 2001 | BOB POOL and GEOFFREY MOHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They raged, they shrugged, they got over it. When their turn for the rolling blackouts finally came, Southern Californians on Monday managed to muddle through--but not before the big blink zapped unsaved computer work, relegated lunch to a cold buffet and set motorists adrift in a world without traffic lights.
NEWS
March 20, 2001 | DAN MORAIN and NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Southern California got its first taste Monday of power deprivation, as summer-like weather and a drastic drop in electricity supplies forced the first deliberate statewide blackouts since World War II. A series of rolling outages--which could resume today--began about noon, extending from Sacramento to San Diego and continuing into the night. In all, power was temporarily cut to roughly 1.3 million customers.
NEWS
January 17, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State utility regulators and two Southern California power companies agreed in principle to shut down an outdated nuclear reactor in San Onofre, officials representing the three groups announced Thursday. After a year of wrangling over the cost of operating the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Unit No. 1, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. consented to shut down the 24-year-old plant at the end of its current fuel cycle, which should be within a year and a half.
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March 20, 2001 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dale Shull, vice president of power distribution for Southern California Edison, found out about Monday's blackouts the way thousands of other electricity consumers did: The lights went out. He was in a Long Beach restaurant. It got dark, fast. His pager blared, sending him scurrying back to Edison's Distribution Operations Center in Santa Ana--command central for blackouts in the utility's 50,000-square-mile territory. Edison had been drilling for this day for months.
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March 20, 2001 | GEOFFREY MOHAN and SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They raged, they shrugged, they got over it. When their turn for the rolling blackouts finally came Monday, Southern Californians from Laguna Niguel to Valencia managed to muddle through. Power outages disrupted, at least for an hour, the lives of anyone from office workers to schoolchildren, forcing thousands of people to deal with the equivalent of darkness in broad daylight.
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