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BUSINESS
June 30, 1995 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that anticipates deregulation of the state's utilities, Southern California Edison Co. said Thursday that it will form a unit to run its transmission operation--the network of high-voltage power lines that carry bulk power from generating plants to central distribution points. The move separates all aspects of Edison's transmission system--operation, planning, financial and other functions--from the existing Edison unit that controls power plants.
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NEWS
December 9, 2000 | NANCY VOGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has become one of the most expensive public policy miscalculations in California history: A 1996 state deregulation plan that was supposed to make electricity cheaper instead shifted billions of dollars from utilities and consumers to energy companies and electricity brokers. California businesses and residents paid $10.9 billion more for electricity last summer than the year before, with much of the money flowing to out-of-state energy firms.
BUSINESS
April 9, 1992 | CHRIS KRAUL and MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Magma Power--an alternative energy company here that makes a solid profit generating geothermal power in the Imperial Valley--will find out early next month what the future of its industry will be in California. A ruling expected from the state Public Utilities Commission is expected to lay out how much of the future power capacity of the state's investor-owned utilities--Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
NEWS
February 13, 2001 | NANCY VOGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State efforts to take ownership of California's power grid could face yet another hurdle: competition. Washington-based Trans-Elect said Monday that it had offered to buy the grid from the state's major utilities for $5.25 billion. The company, which seeks to create a national network of independently owned transmission grids, is already negotiating to buy grids from five utilities outside California, said Vice President Bob Mitchell.
BUSINESS
June 15, 1989 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
For about two months now, Pacific Bell has offered voice mail, an electronic telephone-answering service, to its customers in San Pedro and in the Silicon Valley community of Milpitas. But already a competing voice-mail company, Amvox Inc., has accused Pacific Bell of "anti-competitive behavior" through its monopoly hold on local telephone service. Amvox pointed out in a complaint filed last month with the California Public Utilities Commission that Pacific Bell encourages customers interested in the new service to call a toll-free, seven-digit number for information.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2001 | SCOTT MARTELLE and CHRISTINE HANLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
State officials on Tuesday dimmed the hopes of some local governments for help in paying bills related to California's power crisis. The city of Huntington Beach--which faces stiff bills--declared a local state of emergency Monday night, hoping in part to set the stage for a state bailout. And other jurisdictions in Northern California are tracking added expenses from beefing up police patrols in blackout areas, in case they can pass the bills on to state or federal officials.
BUSINESS
July 10, 1998 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's new competitive market for electricity marked its 100th day of operation Thursday with a bit of a jolt: shockingly expensive energy. An unidentified electricity generator--officials won't say who--was able to bid $5,000 a megawatt Wednesday to supply power if needed during demand surges on Thursday in Southern California.
BUSINESS
June 10, 1999 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The lights stayed on for the most part during California's first year of electricity deregulation, despite record summer usage and a few wild price spikes. That was the assessment Wednesday by officials of the California Independent System Operator, the nonprofit corporation that is now the state's top electric traffic cop, as they issued a report on the electric system's reliability that dubbed the first year of the restructured electricity market a success.
BUSINESS
August 19, 1998 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's power grid successfully weathered an extraordinary test in late July and early August as high temperatures brought record usage, but blackouts could loom in 1999 and beyond if electricity plants are not built, a new report cautioned.
BUSINESS
May 5, 1994 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six years after agreeing to award more contracts to minority-owned firms, most of California's major utilities have failed to meet the minimum purchasing goals established by state regulators, according to a coalition of minority and consumer groups. Only two major utilities--Southern California Edison and Pacific Bell--out of seven awarded at least 15% of their contracts for supplies and services to minority businesses in 1993, as called for by the California Public Utilities Commission.
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