By John Woolfolk | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: February 2, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: February 2, 2019 at 6:00 am Pacific Gas & Electric has long been cast as the corporate villain putting profits over public safety, from the groundwater contamination exposed by Erin Brockovich to the deadly San Bruno gas pipeline explosion and historic wildfires sparked by power lines. Now state officials exasperated over the giant utility’s serial safety mishaps and last week’s filing for bankruptcy protection are floating a question as they cast about for fixes: Could the government do a better job providing power to 16 million people throughout Northern California? “It’s time for that conversation, no question about that,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, whose district includes the San Bruno neighborhood blown up in 2010 when PG&E’s gas pipeline exploded, a catastrophe that led to the utility’s … [Read more...] about Could government provide power and gas better than PG&E?
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Dino Grandoni, The Washington Post Published 5:32 am PST, Thursday, January 31, 2019 As millions of residents in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic hunker down amid historically bitter temperatures, the cold is testing the very energy systems meant to keep their lights on and homes warm during the brutal winter weather. The polar vortex is poised to deliver a one-two punch to power systems across the eastern half of the United States. Not only are residents demanding more heat and electricity while staying indoors, the icy and windy weather is straining generating stations, power lines and other infrastructure that deliver that power. Already, thousands of Americans in the Midwest have experienced power outages amid the polar vortex. Dozens in one Minnesota city lost heat in the middle of the night as the mercury plunged to minus-26 degrees Fahrenheit there. Ahead of the historic lows this week, electric utilities and grid operators began taking precautions to brace for the … [Read more...] about The Energy 202: Polar vortex tests gas and electric systems in Midwest, Mid-Atlantic
(Reuters) - Britain's top stock index opened in the red on Tuesday following sharp losses on Wall Street and Asian markets as perpetuating concerns over slowing global growth and an oversupply of oil spooked investors.The FTSE 100 <.FTSE> was down 0.6 percent and the mid-cap index <.FTMC> was 0.3 percent lower by 0830 GMT.gi They were tracking losses on Wall Street, where the S&P 500 <.SPX> slipped to its lowest in over a year on persisting concerns of slowing global economy and a retail selloff led by a profit warning from online store ASOS <ASOS.L>.Exacerbating the gloom was a forecast from the British Chambers of Commerce that growth in the world's fifth-largest economy this year and the next looks set to be the weakest since the country's last recession, due to a freeze in business investment and weak consumer demand ahead of Brexit. Dragging the FTSE 100 down were oil and related stocks that faced pressure from a sharp fall in crude prices <LCOc1> … [Read more...] about Global growth worries and oil slide drag British stocks down
By Thomas Peele | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: December 13, 2018 at 12:31 pm | UPDATED: December 14, 2018 at 5:00 am SAN FRANCISCO — With wildfires ravaging California year after year, the state Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to begin strengthening rules that govern when utilities should turn off power lines in high winds to keep them from sparking blazes, and to improve the technology used to make those decisions. But commissioners warned it could be a long process , and that other safety precautions like vegetation management around power lines must remain a priority. “We can’t keep doing the same thing,” commission Chairman Michael Picker said. But he cautioned, “I don’t think we’ll have a perfect set of rules right away. We have to learn how to do this.” The commission’s action comes as investigators focus on whether a transmission tower failed in high winds last month and … [Read more...] about Power interrupted: State regulators tackle rules to guide when PG&E and other utilities should cut electricity to avoid sparking fires
News / World by Press Association 04/12/2018, 12:03 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced a suspension of fuel tax and utility hikes in an effort to appease a protest movement that has swept across Paris. Mr Philippe said the planned increase, which has provoked violent riots and was set to be introduced in January, will be suspended for six months. He said “no tax is worth putting the nation’s unity in danger”. More than 100 people were injured in the French capital and 412 arrested over the weekend during France’s worst urban riot in years, with dozens of cars set alight. Sign up to our Daily newsletter More from the Evening Express … [Read more...] about France delays fuel tax rises and electricity and gas hikes amid protests