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October 18, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- California's electric utilities and other power sellers better hope that scientists and engineers come up with a surefire way to bottle lightning. That's a dramatic way of describing the more prosaic goal of finding a way to store large amounts of electricity, something that, up until now, did not seem practicable. On Thursday, the state Public Utilities Commission voted to create a formal "energy storage target" of 1,325 megawatts -- equivalent to the output of almost three modern, natural gas-fired power plants.
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BUSINESS
October 13, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - State energy officials are scrambling to fill a large hole in California electricity supplies now that the San Onofre nuclear plant has been permanently closed by Southern California Edison Co. It's not just an energy problem; it could also become a political hot potato. Power blackouts helped fuel the recall of Gov. Gray Davis a decade ago, and Gov. Jerry Brown may be paying close attention as a result. California Energy Commission Chairman Robert Weisenmiller recalled that Brown cornered him in August and bluntly warned him to "make sure the lights don't go out down there" in Southern California.
BUSINESS
December 16, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Edison Freezes All Non-Union Wages for 1995: In an attempt to cut costs, Southern California Edison Co. told employees in a letter from Chairman and Chief Executive John E. Bryson that non-union wages for clerical employees will be frozen through next year. The move affects about 9,600 of Edison's 17,800 workers. Also announced was an incentive program designed to give bonuses to the same group, ranging from 5% to 15% if performance goals are met.
BUSINESS
October 15, 1990
Edison Prevails in Antitrust Case: A federal judge tentatively ruled in favor of Southern California Edison Co. in a 12-year-old antitrust lawsuit filed by five cities that purchase power from the utility and resell it to their customers. U.S. District Court Judge Mariana Pfaelzer cleared Edison of antitrust allegations in a $300-million lawsuit filed in 1978 by Anaheim, Riverside, Banning, Colton and Azusa, Edison said.
NEWS
May 7, 2001 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lineman Ernie Lopez has been rousted out of bed on countless cold, rainy nights. He's climbed 100-foot utility poles in heavy winds and grabbed live electrical lines with nothing but a pair of rubber gloves to protect him. But the hardest thing Lopez has done in 20 years at Southern California Edison is walk away from a darkened apartment building while residents pleaded for their heat. It happened in late January.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2005
Southern California Edison Co. said Robert G. Foster, who might run for mayor of Long Beach, would resign as president Sept. 30 and would retire Dec. 31.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers are poised to pass legislation that could dramatically affect bills for millions of residential customers of Southern California Edison Co. and other state-regulated utilities. People living in temperate climates along the coast would probably see higher bills. Those in torrid regions - the San Joaquin Valley, the Inland Empire and the Mojave Desert - would get some rate relief. Exactly how much rates would change would be left to the Public Utilities Commission after it conducts a detailed, technical investigation.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Federal regulators have issued proposed safety violation citations to Southern California Edison Co. and its contractor for alleged design flaws in steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday released the results of an inspection into the failures that led to Edison's decision in June to shutter two units at the electricity generating station near San Clemente. In January of 2012, steam tubes in one of the units began to leak and the complex was shut down.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers are poised to pass legislation that could dramatically affect bills for millions of residential customers of Southern California Edison Co. and other state-regulated utilities. People living in temperate climates along the coast would probably see higher bills. Those in torrid regions - the San Joaquin Valley, the Inland Empire and the Mojave Desert - would get some rate relief. Exactly how much rates would change would be left to the Public Utilities Commission after it conducts a detailed, technical investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Southern California Edison Co. agreed Monday to pay $37 million to resolve concerns about three overloaded utility poles that sparked the 2007 Malibu Canyon fire, a settlement that would bring the total for the destructive fire to more than $60 million. Under the agreement, the utility giant would admit that it violated the law by not taking prompt action to prevent a telecommunications company from attaching fiber-optic cable to jointly owned poles in Malibu Canyon. Edison also would acknowledge that a letter it sent to the Public Utilities Commission after the fire did not identify pole overloading and termite damage as possible contributing factors in the pole failures.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2008 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
The state Public Utilities Commission on Thursday levied a $30-million fine -- its largest ever -- against Southern California Edison and ordered the utility to refund more than $81 million to customers, concluding that a seven-year fraud caused substantial harm to consumers and could have diminished worker safety. Although the fine is a record for the PUC, it is $10 million less than what was ordered in late 2007 by a commission judge.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2008 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
Southern California Edison deserves a 3.6% rate increase in 2009 instead of the 20% hike that the utility has requested, according to the consumer advocacy arm of the state Public Utilities Commission. In the rate recommendation it filed Tuesday, the commission's Division of Ratepayer Advocates slashed Edison's requested rate increase to $156 million above 2008 levels -- an increase of less then 50 cents a month for the average residential customer. The electric utility proposed collecting $5.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2008 | Andrea Chang, Times Staff Writer
Solar energy is getting a big boost in Southern California with the unveiling of two projects that will be capable of generating a total of 500 megawatts of electricity, enough to serve more than 300,000 homes. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Southern California Edison plan to announce today the country's largest rooftop solar installation project ever proposed by a utility company. And on Wednesday, FPL Energy, the largest operator of solar power in the U.S.
BUSINESS
November 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Edison International's Southern California Edison won federal approval to earn higher returns for $2.5 billion in power-line projects it's building. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a 1.5% raise for the Devers-Palo Verde II and Tehachapi projects, and 1% for the Rancho Vista project.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2007 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
Southern California Edison is plugging 1,400 San Bernardino-area residents and businesses into what the company calls the electrical circuit of the future. The new digital circuit was designed primarily to help avoid and contain outages. That's a task beyond the capabilities of the more rudimentary circuits that have been used on electrical grids for decades and act much like household circuits.
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