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It seems Mother Nature is a fierce political machine. In the past few months, her heat-induced, statewide energy emergencies have given way to votes and re-votes by a California ISO trying to juggle reliability and prices. It seems that California power is as much on a fault-line as the state itself.
In an effort to provide some help for residential and small business customers experiencing high electric bills, San Diego Gas & Electric and the California Power Exchange proposed a new market-based power bidding solution to the California Public Utilities Commission that would allow SDG&E to procure power for customers with less price volatility over the next five to nine months.
GDI Global Data Inc. and IMServ have entered into a strategic partnership to provide utilities with an end-to-end automatic meter reading (AMR) solution that is intended to allow utilities to focus on their core business of power generation and distribution.
TXU Electric & Gas and FPL Energy LLC plan to build one of the largest wind farms in U.S. history. The 160 MW project will generate enough electricity to annually power about 29,000 homes.
Findings of a new survey suggest that consumers are interested in dealing with their energy suppliers over the Internet, but only half the customers who deal with energy providers over the Internet are satisfied with the results. According to the survey these high-tech households are more critical of their utilities than other consumers.
Not for the faint-hearted, the business of arbitrage-the simultaneous purchase of one commodity against the sale of another in order to profit from fluctuations in the price relationship-is a dicey game of steely nerve, flush capital reserves and deep-pocket market know-how.
Opened officially November 4, San Diego Gas & Electric`s (SDG&E) new $1.5 million state-of-the-art emergency operations center serves as the command post whenever a significant incident impacts the area`s electric and natural gas systems. The 6,500-square-foot facility, located at SDG&E headquarters in the Kearny Mesa area, features a situation room with 33 computer workstations for team members.