PG&E announced a five-year plan that will nearly double previous investments in its utility network in The City. The $1.2 billion is slated to go toward safety enhancements and making sure the system can handle expected growth here.
Tony Earley, the utility’s president and CEO, and Mayor Ed Lee announced the improvements to the electrical and natural-gas systems during a Chamber of Commerce event Wednesday. Read More
The City is making strides toward solving what is described as one of the most frustrating issues for San Franciscans: streetlights.
Last year, The City’s 311 call center took about 6,000 complaints about outages, which averages to approximately 16 per day.
But the response time for fixes exceeded a month in some cases. Supervisor Scott Wiener said streetlights are among the top concerns he hears. Read More
WHAT: Brazen copper thieves, aging equipment and insufficient replacement budgets have allowed as much as 20 percent of the Motor City’s 88,000 streetlights to go dark. Many lights are looted again as soon as they’re replaced.HOW: Witnesses report seeing official-looking white utility trucks pull up to wooden streetlights and use a bucket-arm for cutting and stealing wires to newly reinstalled transformers. Read More
The amount of electricity that’s used to illuminate San Francisco’s streets could be reduced under a proposed overhaul of streetlight technology.
Streetlights installed in San Francisco since the 1990s have been illuminated using high pressure sodium gas, but officials on Tuesday are poised to approve the use of newer light-emitting diode technology. Read More