After an explosion was reported in San Francisco’s Upper Market neighborhood Tuesday night nearly 275 customers lost power, a PG&E spokeswoman said.Emergency crews responded to an area near Portola Drive and Market Street around 10:30 p.m. A San Francisco fire dispatcher said a transformer caused the explosion. Read More
A segment of pipe that supplies natural gas to the Bay Area exploded during a test Monday morning in a remote area near Bakersfield.The pressure test was conducted on a mile long stretch of Line 300B around 9 a.m., according to PG&E officials. The seam in the 34-inch diameter pipe failed during a test to increase pressure. The pipe itself was laid in the ground in 1950. Read More
Nearly 7,000 customers in San Francisco’s Western Addition and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods were briefly without power this morning and almost 300 customers are still in the dark, a PG&E spokesman said.A power outage started at 5:24 a.m. after an underground equipment failure at Golden Gate Avenue and Fillmore Street. The outage knocked out power to 6,910 customers, spokesman JD Guidi said. Read More
Two Bay Area lawmakers announced new legislation Thursday that would require state natural gas regulators to take action on safety recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Assemblymen Jerry Hill and Paul Fong discussed the new legislation this morning at the Northwest Square complex in Cupertino.
In August, a natural gas leak from a 2-inch plastic pipe was believed to have caused a fire in one of the complex's 400 units. Read More
The City’s ambitious plan to offer residents greener power than PG&E took a significant step forward Tuesday.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission approved a term sheet Tuesday with Shell Energy North America to run CleanPowerSF, The City’s proposed public power program, and next week Supervisor David Campos will introduce it to the Board of Supervisors. Read More
BART has reopened the Downtown Berkeley station after a PG&E power outage closed the station almost two hours ago.Riders can expect 10-minute delays on the Richmond line as service recovers, according to BART.The outage was reported shortly before 4 p.m. and initially impacted 1,150 customers, utility spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said. Read More
BART has closed the Downtown Berkeley station after a PG&E power outage was reported, a utility spokeswoman said.The outage was reported shortly before 4 p.m. and is affecting 1,150 customers, spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said.Trains are running through the Downtown Berkeley station but are not stopping there, according to a BART employee. Read More
About 500 PG&E customers in San Francisco are without power, a PG&E spokesman said.As of 3:19 a.m. hundreds of San Francisco customers in areas throughout The City had no power after the outage started at 3:12 a.m., spokesman JD Guidi said.There was no estimate when power would return. Crews are in the downed areas working to bring back power, Guidi said.The outage is likely related to weather but the official cause is being investigated, Guidi said. Read More
Lowell High School was evacuated for nearly two hours Monday morning after staff reported a strong smell of natural gas.The smell was first reported at 10:15 a.m., San Francisco Unified School District spokeswoman Heidi Anderson said. At 10:30 a.m., school officials called the fire department and began evacuating the school’s 2,600 students.Another person reported smelling gas in another part of the building at 10:35 a.m., Anderson said. Read More
San Francisco’s ambitious public power launch would take $19.5 million, according to a new report that pins down for the first time the program’s startup budget.
The City is negotiating with Shell Energy North America to run CleanPowerSF, a public power program to supply residents with a 100 percent green-energy alternative to PG&E. Read More