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Another California County May Want to Buy Piece of Bankrupt PG&E

A rural county near Sacramento is joining the list of California communities that are interested in seizing pieces of bankrupt utility giant PG&E Corp. On Friday, a public power agency serving Yolo County said it would examine the possibility of buying out PG&E’s local poles and wires. “Exploring the feasibility of this option is the responsible […]

PG&E hosts series of northern California open houses as threat of extreme weather looms

Pacific Gas & Electric has hosted about 23 open house discussions with the public around the North State, said Brandi Merlo, media spokesperson for the company’s northern California region. Tuesday evening an event was held at Grass Valley’s Foothills Event Center. Wednesday included a talk in Auburn, and Thursday PG&E representatives were engaging people in […]

Tensions run high at PG&E rate hike meetings

CHICO — It was standing room only at the Butte County Association of Government Chambers on Thursday, while the California Public Utilities Commission heard public comment on Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.’s request to charge its customers nearly $2 billion more over the next three years. The utility company says it plans to use the […]

Power to the People: County, city of Chico move forward to create alternative to PG&E

Come 2021, residents of the city of Chico and unincorporated Butte County will have a choice in regard to energy providers. That’s because they’re joining forces to create what essentially will be their own utility—just without the need to build infrastructure. “It’s an opportunity to find a semblance of local control for electricity needs, plus […]

Solar sales in Chico break records, concerns about PG&E rates rise

CHICO — More energy customers are switching to solar every year in Butte County, and numbers are especially high this year in Chico after the Camp Fire, according to PG&E and local solar companies. More customers had already made the switch by June than in the last two years. The increase reflects the push for […]

Siskiyou County recognized for energy efficiency

County of Siskiyou has received $34,000 in wattsmart business incentives from Pacific Power for these projects. The energy-cost savings resulting from the projects reduce the county’s electric bill by more than $42,650 annually. The County of Siskiyou was presented with a Pacific Power wattsmart Business Partner of the Year award on Tuesday, June 4, to […]

Panels be gone: Butte County to pilot California’s new solar recycling program

As recycling coordinator for Butte County, Steve Rodowick appreciates steps residents take to reduce their impact on the environment. Solar-electric systems represent a significant step, reducing a household’s use of fossil fuels—in fact, starting next year, California will require rooftop solar for all new homes. Thing is, panels don’t last forever. They generally have lifespans […]

Placing power lines underground is an expensive way to reduce fire danger

The worst fire in California history took off at a spot notorious for its intense winds. The gusts — some topping 100 mph — blow down the Feather River Canyon each fall. They push into the town of Paradise with force, powered by high-pressure air parked over the Great Basin that moves through this narrow […]

As California Wildfire Season Looms, Finding Tree Trimmers Is a New Problem

OAKHURST, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric has a big problem. Its equipment keeps coming into contact with dry trees and shrubs and starting devastating wildfires. So the company is scrambling to trim or cut down hundreds of thousands of trees across its vast Northern California territory. But it has another problem: finding people to […]

Free workshops on energy efficiency for home and business

Energy Savings Solutions is a series of free educational workshops in Grass Valley starting this spring. Offered will be cost-effective strategies for conserving energy and water at their home or business while still maintaining comfort. In conjunction with the Grass Valley Energy Action Plan approved last fall, the aim of the workshop series is to […]