UTILITY - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/UTILITY News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) PG&E plans to appeal $1.4B penalty in deadly blast http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58368729-79/penalty-safety-pipeline-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58368729-79/penalty-safety-pipeline-state.html.csp">PG&E plans to appeal $1.4B penalty in deadly blast</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SUDHIN THANAWALA </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-03T16:20:28.425-06:00">Updated Sep 3, 2014 04:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">San Francisco • Pacific Gas & Electric Co. plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people, the utility said in a filing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The utility said it plans to appeal to the California Public Utilities Commission within 30 days. The filing did not list a reason for the appeal, but PG&E spokesman Greg Snapper said the utility wants th...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583687292014-09-03T16:20:28.425-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-03T16:20:28.425-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58368729@www.sltrib.com Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:20:28 MDT PG&E fined record $1.4B for deadly 2010 gas line blast http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58365659-79/safety-penalty-blast-california.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58365659-79/safety-penalty-blast-california.html.csp">PG&E fined record $1.4B for deadly 2010 gas line blast</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ELLEN KNICKMEYER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-02T16:17:07.389-06:00">Updated Sep 2, 2014 04:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">San Francisco • California regulatory judges issued a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday against the state’s largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight people and prompting national alerts about aging pipelines. The California Public Utilities Commission said the figure reached by two administrative law judges against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. would be the largest safety related penalty it had ever imposed. PG&E can ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583656592014-09-02T16:17:07.389-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-02T16:17:07.389-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58365659@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:17:07 MDT Utah utility boss who failed to prevent alleged fraud gets $238,005 severance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58338926-78/stewart-company-heber-franco.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58338926-78/stewart-company-heber-franco.html.csp">Utah utility boss who failed to prevent alleged fraud gets $238,005 severance</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Harry Stevens</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-02T12:59:23.611-06:00">Updated Sep 2, 2014 12:59PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The public utility general manager who failed to prevent his subordinate from carrying out an alleged financial fraud is leaving the company with a retirement package worth almost a quarter-million dollars. Blaine Stewart, whose tenure as Heber Light and Power’s general manager began in 2008, was relieved of all day-to-day responsibilities Aug. 8 and will officially retire Nov. 26. “I’m 71, and I’ve put in a lot of years with the electric service,” Stewart said. “It’s time for me to pursue my o...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58338926@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:59:23 MDT PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58310392-79/charges-federal-company-indictment.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58310392-79/charges-federal-company-indictment.html.csp">PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-18T16:19:01.988-06:00">Updated Aug 18, 2014 04:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">San Francisco • Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood. Steve Bauer, an attorney for the company, entered the plea in federal court to all 28 counts, including obstruction of justice. The new indictment — announced last month — replaced a 12-count indictment that related to PG&E’s safety practices but did not incl...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58310392@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:19:01 MDT Letter: Don’t think of UTOPIA as a utility http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58297538-82/utopia-utility-fee-brigham.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58297538-82/utopia-utility-fee-brigham.html.csp">Letter: Don’t think of UTOPIA as a utility</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-15T16:28:06.079-06:00">Updated Aug 15, 2014 04:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It is a horrible mistake to think of UTOPIA as a “utility.” Brigham City is considering a “utility tax/fee” to help stabilize the UTOPIA fiasco. Why? Because, as I have said before, it is a disaster from the start. I work for a real utility. We have strict regulations, set pricing, set fees and intense oversight. Private companies, not so much, to say the least. UTOPIA is a private business. I work with a man who has 100Mb service from UTOPIA in West Valley for $65 per month, grand total! That i...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58297538@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:28:06 MDT What’s rooftop solar power worth? Not much, utility says http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58243410-78/power-customers-net-utility.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58243410-78/power-customers-net-utility.html.csp">What’s rooftop solar power worth? Not much, utility says</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-04T14:03:12.085-06:00">Updated Aug 4, 2014 02:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As winter heads toward spring every year, the electrical output from the solar array atop David Bennett’s Park City home climbs while his power usage declines with the lengthening days. As a result, Bennett “banks” hundreds of kilowatt hours with Rocky Mountain Power to cover his power needs when the sunshine isn’t pouring into his photovoltaic panels. But on March 31, the end of the annual billing cycle, the utility zeroes out such “net metered” accounts, meaning these customers often forfeit ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58243410@www.sltrib.com Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:03:12 MDT Utility experts say solar customers pose a burden http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58233423-90/solar-customers-fee-utility.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58233423-90/solar-customers-fee-utility.html.csp">Utility experts say solar customers pose a burden</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T14:43:23.754-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 02:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Solar power generated on the roofs of utility customers doesn’t do much to reduce the need to produce electricity at centralized generating stations or ease pressure on Rocky Mountain Power’s (RMP) electrical grid, according to testimony Monday before the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC). Experts for the major Utah utility made these claims to support its proposal to impose a $4.65 monthly “facilities charge” on net metered customers, the small but quickly growing number who generate their ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58233423@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:43:23 MDT Faith, business groups blast proposed fee on solar-equipped homes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58215880-78/solar-customers-fee-utility.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58215880-78/solar-customers-fee-utility.html.csp">Faith, business groups blast proposed fee on solar-equipped homes</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-24T14:17:26.901-06:00">Updated Jul 24, 2014 02:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A growing chorus from across the sociopolitical spectrum is denouncing Rocky Mountain Power’s proposal to impose a monthly $4.65 fee on its net-metered customers — those who generate their own power from solar rooftop arrays and pipe what they don’t use into the grid. The state’s largest utility says the “facilities charge” is warranted to ensure its solar-equipped customers are covering their share of the fixed costs of the transmission and distribution system. Critics, who gathered at an east ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58215880@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:17:26 MDT