San Franciscans found yet another reason to protest PG&E.Yesterday, on the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, OccupySF Environmental Justice Working Group, No Nukes Action and Greenaction for Health as well as Environmental Justice gathered in front of the Japanese Consulate ... More >>
PG&E, the company that evokes nightmarish images of Satan's lair for many San Franciscans after sparking the fire that killed eight and burned 38 homes, recently launched a $10 million multimedia advertising campaign to subtly quell the storm of Bay Area citizens. In the company's most recent tel ... More >>
Not in my backyardPacific Gas & Electric Company's announcement Friday that it will not rebuild the gas main in San Bruno's Crestmoor neighborhood -- where 37 homes were leveled and eight people killed when the 30-inch transmission pipe exploded on Sept. 9 -- was welcome news to the are ... More >>
WiggsLet the blame game commence for the fatal explosion and fire in San BrunoIn the wake of the terrifying explosion and fire that incinerated a large swath of San Bruno, the key questions may yet be: "What did PG&E know and when did they know it?" In the weeks preceding the detonation of a ... More >>
Gee, Reddy, seven cents doesn't seem so bad to save the planetThe list of companies opposing Prop. 23, a measure that would knock down California's 2006 anti-greenhouse gas law, reads like a Who's-Who of the sort of high tech and outdoorsy companies that usually line up behind environmentally-fri ... More >>
Running interference with your electricity bill...City Attorney Dennis Herrera petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission today to stop PG&E's invasion of "SmartMeters," the electricity meters that purport to calculate your energy intake and wirelessly transmit it to the company th ... More >>
Still no price tag attachedThe weeks leading up to Tuesday's election saw no shortage of hand-wringing among public-power advocates. With passage of PG&E-backed Proposition 16 -- which would have required a two-thirds popular vote before municipal governments could get into the electricity bu ... More >>
Going, going, goneThe final word is in: after more than a decade of activism and negotiations, the Mirant Power Plant will be closing for good by the end of 2010. "There was really no need to have these dirty power plants continue to exist in San Francisco," City Attorney Dennis Herrera tol ... More >>
City Attorney Dennis Herrera is asking state energy regulators to shut PG&E up when it comes to a controversial overhaul of San Francisco's power system that proponents say would provide greener electricity.A city brochure for CleanPowerSFIn a petition filed today with the California Public U ... More >>
Joe EskenaziCity Attorney Dennis Herrera delivers the big news, backed by (from left) PUC head Ed Harrington, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, and former Board of Supes President Aaron PeskinThe answer has been revealed to the "mystery settlement" announced yesterday by City Attorney Dennis Herrera ... More >>
Why some "progressives" are putting energy into a bad idea.
By Will Harper Oh, the irony! This week's Bay Guardian contains one of its typical rants about PG&E. The editorial takes PG&E to task for being "up to no good" and blah blah "old-fashioned greenwashing." So we were amused to see a PG&E ad accompanying the online version of the story. Guardian ex ... More >>
Leaders should ignore the temptation to over-regulate energy policy and let competition reign
One energy executive claims a tidal system that meets the city's electric needs could be built in over 20 years, at a cost of $1.5 billion
When it comes to terrorism and U.S. atomic power plants, we may as well put Homer Simpson in charge
The plan to build a massive new power plant in San Francisco -- once thought inevitable -- hits a few snags
A deft film in which a southland legislator and lazy journalists rewrite history, blame Enron for the energy crisis, and leave Sacramento corruption untouched
As we're now finding out, Gov. Davis may be the only one who won't have to pay for his mishandling of the energy crisis
With many power plants scheduled to go down for repairs, a stretch of bad weather could spell trouble
This is no time for softheaded governing. In this election, Prop. F and Dennis Herrera pass the confidence test; MUD fails completely.
Don't Take This With You to Your Polling Place Nov. 6; War Is Bad. Or Good, Depending.
A ballot measure that would create a Municipal Utility District has so many legal flaws, it's all but DOA. In fact, passing the measure might delay the advent of public power here for years.
And then there's developer Michael Strausz
Upcoming ballot proposals on public power could complicate the fight over the Potrero Hill plant.
If Gov. Davis has his way, California soon will have dozens of new power plants -- a lot of them in the wrong places, some of them unnecessary, and very, very few of them based on renewable energy
Opponents of the Potrero Hill power plant expansion could use a lesson in organization.
How the state's contracts with crucial electric power providers actually encourage them to gouge us
PG&E is doing to New England what greedy, polluting, out-of-state energy suppliers have done to PG&E and California
Details, Details; Problem Is, It's Hard to Read in the Dark; PG&E Strikes Back
Letters from April 11, 2001
A small group wants to foist a municipal utility district on the city without evidence its version of "public power" will work. Demand evidence.
Is it smart to jump into the Bay Guardian's version of public power, without even studying whether it will save money?
Greedy out-of-state profiteers make easy targets, but the real villains of California's energy debacle are the ones under the state capitol dome.
It's time for consumers to take back California
Bush will likely gut national health and safety regulation; local liberals screw up regulation by forgetting its purpose -- protecting the general public
Why a retreat from electricity deregulation is a victory for PG&E, and a loss for you and me
State advocate says S.F. utility padded rate hike request by $900 million
Competitors say delay in electric deregulation helps PG&E, other utility monopolies
The S.F.-based utility embarks on a nationwide buying spree