Most residential customers in California will see their electricity bills increase.
Big energy users are set to get a break on electricity while more efficient consumers will see their bills rise under a proposal being considered by California regulators.
PG&E says the test is important because if the poles go up in flames, they can make a wildfire more dangerous with downed power lines and outages. Also, at $20,000 each, the poles aren’t cheap to replace.
As the drought drags on, the chances for destructive wildfires increase by the day. Crews are taking to the air looking for to help keep the fire danger to a minimum.
It was a light drizzle at a home, but as the showers intensified and lightning struck. A woman was sent fleeing with her children from their burning house. Firefighters contained the fire in the garage, but there was more trouble down the street.
A lawyer in Central California representing three men who were injured in a gas pipeline blast has filed a claim against a utility and Fresno County seeking $48 million in punitive damages.
The deputies and two of the inmates were released. The public works employee and another inmate were in critical condition, with the inmate’s condition considered life-threatening, Botti said.
On the heels of a record $1.6 billion penalty against Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California’s top utility regulator said he will look into whether the state’s biggest power utility should be broken up to improve safety.
California’s largest power utility says it won’t appeal a record $1.6 billion penalty from the state for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb.
Picker, in his statement, cited what he said were rising numbers of state safety citations against PG&E’s natural gas operations and said it appeared the utility, with $1.6 billion in earnings in 2014, was able to shrug off financial penalties.
While Chris Breheim’s coffee maker is working, other customers don’t know if their appliances will turn back on after the power surge. Scarred outlets show the damage left behind by Monday’s accident.
With little to no snow in the Sierra, there’s less water to push the turbines to create energy. SMUD and other power companies now have to rely on more pricey alternatives such as natural gas for power.