The crippling of several of Japan's nuclear reactors is threatening to sink a major component of President Obama's blueprint for a greener economy, with fears over the potentially widespread contamination of Japan jeopardizing the bipartisan coalition the president needs to expand nuclear power in the United States. Read More
A polluting power plant was shut down this month, but it was switched on again after a massive electrical cable failed.
The Potrero Power Plant’s main generator will be switched off permanently once the $505 million Trans Bay Cable, which connects Pittsburg with The City, is running reliably.
Backup generators will be switched off, and the waterfront land will be redeveloped. But the cable has been plagued with problems. Read More
With a key deadline less than a week away, PG&E agreed to allow a new San Francisco competitor to use its power lines and other local infrastructure.
Power Choice plans to use the equipment to sell electricity to residents and businesses under The City’s CleanPowerSF program.
The program is made possible by California’s community choice aggregation laws, which require PG&E to lease use of its power lines, billing systems and other assets to competitors. Read More
With employment proving hard for some people to find, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission put out a call for candidates for 15 job vacancies listed on its website.
The city agency, which oversees power, water and wastewater, is searching for a cook, engineers, analysts, assistants, a typist and two managers to work in San Francisco and more far-flung parts of California. Read More
The wire above the 21-Hayes bus snagged and hit a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. wire Thursday morning, knocking out power to about 3,000 customers in the Panhandle.
The incident happened around 8:45 a.m. and caused traffic jams while PG&E officials were fixing the wire.
Fire officials responded because residents nearby said there was a smell of smoke. However, nothing caught fire and no injuries were reported, according to fire officials. Read More
Already-stressed BART riders received another jolt Wednesday when power went out at the South Hayward station.
BART spokesman Jim Allison said a problem with a substation in the area caused South Hayward station to lose power at 6:40 p.m.; trains could not stop at the station, but since the electric third rail was not affected, trains could pass through the station.