Posts Tagged ‘pg&e’

Our PG&E Didn’t/Doesn’t Have a Good Handle on Natural Gas Long-Haul Transmission Safety, But Check Out Its Car Parking

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

You can’t get any safer than this:

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These cones are really helping matters is what I’m saying…

Our SFPUC Makes Everybody a Superhero – Somehow – Marketing “CleanPowerSF”

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

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(ClearChannel cleaned up all this glass. which I hadn’t noticed, the next day, but this bus stop gets attacked often, oh well.)

IDK, SFPUC – if everybody’s a superhero then nobody’s a superhero, right?

Lemme just say I don’t understand/am confused by the following on this page:

“Community over Profits” [A Capital “P,” right, Comrades?]

“Because CleanPowerSF is not-for-profit…” [Our SFPUC is a not-for-profit?]

“Your choice will localize energy, create jobs and stabilize energy prices.” [Doesn’t PG&E “create” jobs too? “Stabilize?”]

“Small Premium, Big Impact” [Or Big Premium, Small Impact? Just saying.]

“SuperGreen pay the applicable Green rate plus an additional $0.02/kWh.” [SuperGreen – who dat?]

“That’s a small investment with big returns for the environment and the local community.” [Or extremely small returns?]

“Upgrade your service to SuperGreen…” [But it’s the same service though, right? It’s the same juice from PG&E, right?]

And what’s up with the rates for regular PG&E v. Non-SuperGreen?

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So, best case scenario is that, after a monthly PG&E fee you gotta pay to NOT have PG&E, a “typical” bill will be $66.40, as opposed to … $66.40?

Note that I rounded the numbers there, to the nearest nickel. Speaking of which, why not round PG&E’s percentage up to 30%, you know, why not?

Hey SFPUC, your desks inside the windmill building in Civic Center cost $20 grand each? Hey, is that “sustainable?” Oh, yes, and no? Hey, how about financially?

So many questions about the CleanPowerSF…

Absurdly-Written Flyer from Our SFPUC that Converts You to CleanPowerSF – “Competitive” Rates?

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Well, here’s the news:

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 has the deets on this option.

“Competitive” means more expensive, right? Maybe not now, but next year, right?

Not that PG&E is so great…

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…but I don’t think our PUC should be so proud of the low opt-out rate for its new program.

Anyway, just by doing nothing, you, the SFPUC customer, are “combating” global climate change. OTOH, if you opt out for the PG&E you’ve had for decades, well, you’re a horrible monster.

That’s the update.

How to Get Free Electricity from SFGov – One Simple Trick – As Seen on Market in the Financh

Monday, July 11th, 2016

This scene is about ten yards south of the slot, but I consider it part of The Financial District:

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Perhaps Dude is from New Yawk.

Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’
Streetlight people
Don’t stop believin’
Hold on
Streetlight people
Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’
Streetlight people

“Undergrounding” – Once Again, the Rich and Connected Want to Impose Their Aesthetic Values and Have the Little People Pay For It

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

The problem with London Breed attending house parties to raise money for herself is that it warps her perspective. On the subject of 9th Avenue:

“It’s one of the major gateways to Golden Gate Park and it just looks so horrible”

And which part looks horrible? The infrastructure, supposedly.

To me, it looks beautiful:

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Isn’t it funny how real estate interests out there deny how bad the fog is, and the wind, always with the swirling wind, but, somehow, it’s your internet and the N Judah overhead wires what’s really holding them back?

Anyway, to the rich people who want to impose their aesthetics on the rest of us, why don’t you raise the money to pay for “undergrounding” yourselves and then pay into a fund to cover the future additional costs of “undergrounding?”

Just asking.

Now That Shrimp Boy is Taken Care Of, Our FBI is Moving On to the PG&E Metcalf Power Substation Shooting: Tips Wanted

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Here’s a fresh announcement from our local FBI:

FBI Seeking Public’s Help Regarding Destruction of an Energy Facility, Disruption of Communication Lines Case – FBI San Francisco, April 10, 2014, Peter D. Lee, (415) 553-7450

The FBI San Francisco Field Office is seeking the public’s help regarding the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Metcalf power substation shooting and AT&T fiber optic cable incident that occurred on April 16, 2013.

On the 16th at approximately 1:40 a.m., the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and San Jose Police Department received multiple phone calls of gunshots in the area of Monterey Road and Blanchard Road in San Jose, California.

That morning, an unknown individual(s) cut two groups of fiber optic cables and used a 7.62 caliber rifle to shoot 10 transformer bays. The individual(s) should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911. The FBI can be reached 24 hours a day at 415-553-7400 in the San Francisco area. All calls are confidential. Tips can also be submitted at: tips.fbi.gov.

Members of the media should contact FBI Media Representative Peter Lee at 415-553-7450.”

Incredibly, Official San Francisco Celebrates the Destruction of Hetch Hetchy Valley – 100 Years of Raker Act

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Here’s the real story.

And here’s today’s feel-good press release from SFGov:

“The Pen That Changed the Bay Area Forever

Bay Area Leaders Celebrate the Centennial of the Raker Act with a New City Hall Exhibit

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today, Bay Area leaders joined the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) to celebrate the centennial of the signing of the Raker Act into law at a ceremony at San Francisco City Hall.  The ceremony concluded with the unveiling of a new City Hall exhibit featuring the pen that President Woodrow Wilson used to sign the legislation 100 years ago today.

“The Raker Act enabled the construction of the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System and Hetch Hetchy Power System,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly. “Once President Wilson signed the act into law, the San Francisco Bay Area began to construct a public water system that now serves 2.6 million people across four Bay Area counties. It also allowed for construction of a public power system that provides clean hydroelectric energy for San Francisco city services like public buses, schools, firehouses, and more.”

The Raker Act provided the rights of way to construct water and power facilities over federal land in Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest. Named after its chief sponsor John E. Raker, Congressman from Manteca, the bill granted the rights to build O’Shaughnessy Dam in the Hetch Hetchy Valley, and construct water-collection and power-generating facilities stretching from the Sierras to the San Francisco Bay Area.

“The communities and businesses in the Bay Area were able to develop and thrive because of access to high quality water,” said Nicole Sandkulla, Chief Executive Officer of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA). “A true engineering marvel, this system supports the health and economic vitality of nearly 7% of California’s population.”

Despite, countless earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters, each day, 2.6 million people in the Bay Area turn on the tap and quench their thirst with Hetch Hetchy Water – some of the most pristine, cleanest water found anywhere in the world. While this water is delivered to its customers, the system also generates on average 1.7 billion kilowatts hours of clean, greenhouse gas-free electricity for San Francisco and its electricity customers. With no carbon footprint from its electricity supply, the SFPUC is considered one of the cleanest electric utilities anywhere.

The City Hall exhibit features a redwood plaque with a silver facsimile of the letter President Wilson wrote which explained his reasoning for signing the Raker Act. Mounted on the plaque is the actual pen the President used to sign the bill into law.

The plaque was originally presented to former San Francisco Mayor James Rolph, Jr. at the dedication of O’Shaughnessy Dam in 1923. Governor Rolph passed this heirloom on to his son, James Rolph III. Rolph was close friends with SFPUC Commissioner Oliver M. Rousseau, and because of this friendship he gave the plaque to Commissioner Rousseau. In 1970 Commissioner Rousseau officially presented the plaque to our commission as the logical and permanent home for such an historic piece. Until a few years ago, the location of the pen was lost to all.  Curators have now refurbished the piece in time for its public debut in City Hall.

Passage of the Raker Act met with a great deal of opposition at the time, having more to do with protecting states and local water rights. Its most well-known opponent was John Muir, environmentalist and founder of the Sierra Club. The merits of the Act are still debated by some today.

“Love or hate the Raker Act, it is undeniable that its passage was truly historic for the San Francisco Bay Area,” concluded General Manager Kelly. “The Hetch Hetchy Regional Water and Power Systems  have reliably served the region well for nearly 100 years.”

When You Gas Up Your Car You Use Dirty Fuel, But What About PG&E? Presenting the “CleanFuel Fleet”

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

You see, the dirty gas put into this Chevy Volt magically becomes CleanFuel because PG&E says so:

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OK fine.

A Press Release from Fantasyland: “PG&E Chairman Tony Earley Asks Board for Independent Review of Company Actions Related to Line 147”

Monday, November 11th, 2013

PG&E Chairman Tony Earley Asks Board for Independent Review of Company Actions Related to Line 147 – Earley says ensuring company’s credibility is essential”

“It is important to understand that, as the Administrative Law Judge in the proceeding acknowledged, this was not a safety issue but rather an issue of regulatory compliance.”

UH, SO WAS WHAT CAUSED SAN BRUNO MERELY AN ISSUE OF “REGULATORY COMPLIANCE” AS WELL? YOU SEE, PG&E, PART OF YOUR PROBLEM IS YOUR BEHAVIOR BEFORE SAN BRUNO BUT  THE _OTHER_ PART IS YOUR BEHAVIOR _AFTER_ SAN BRUNO . YOU PEOPLE SEEM TO THINK THAT YOU’VE FIXED EVERYTHING. YOU HAVEN’T.

In this proceeding, the CPUC Safety and Enforcement Division said that all public safety issues were addressed by PG&E’s operational actions. In addition, I strongly believe that the employees working to correct the records associated with Line 147 were trying to do the right thing. “However, it is essential to PG&E’s future that our conduct be above reproach at all times and that we maintain credibility with the Commission, our customers and the public.

THIS ASSUMES THAT YOU HAVE CREDIBILITY WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS AND THE PUBLIC. YOU SEE, YOU CAN’T MAINTAIN SOMETHING UNTIL YOU HAVE SOMETHING, RIGHT? YOU’RE THE WORST BIG UTILITY IN AMERICA, RIGHT? DON’T YOU KNOW THAT?

“Accordingly, I have asked the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors to independently review Commissioner Ferron’s assertion of ‘deliberate and calculated dishonesty‘ by PG&E and his assertion that actions of senior management ‘were a clear attempt to conceal or obfuscate the facts on important matters involving the public’s trust …’. These are very disturbing statements.

NO NO NO NO, PG&E. HIS STATEMENTS ARE NOT “VERY DISTURBING”  – THAT’S JUST HIM TRYING TO DO HIS JOB. NO NO, IT’S _YOUR_ BEHAVIOR THAT’S DISTURBING. IT’S YOUR MALFEASANCE AND NONFEASANCE WHAT’S DISTURBING.

I have asked that the Audit Committee assessment be conducted expeditiously such that we can report back to the Commission, employees and the public with confidence that the assertions have been thoroughly reviewed and that appropriate actions, if merited, have been taken.”

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU THINK THAT YOU’VE DONE NOTHING WRONG, PG&E. WHY NOT INSTEAD SAY, ” OH YES, WE DIDN’T FILE ON TIME AND  WE SHOULD HAVE AND YADA YADA YADA ANDWE’RE SORRY?” YOU KNOW, WHEN IT’S APPROPRIATE, WHICH IS OFTEN? AND ISN’T THE CPUC SUPPOSED TO BE THE PARTY THAT DOES “REVIEW” INDEPENDENT OF PG&E? IT SEEMS AS IF YOU THINK PEOPLE SHOULD WAIT AROUND ON YOU ALL TO SEE IF YOU ALL WILL ADMIT TO _ANY_ WRONGDOING.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California – www.pgecurrents.com. SOURCE PG&E Corporation

WELL I GUESS HYDRO ENERGY STOLEN THROUGH BRIBERY A CENTURY AGO IS “CLEAN,” BUT IN SOME WAYS IT’S NOT, PG&E.

OH, AND NOW YOU’RE GETTING SUED BY SOME OF YOUR SHAREHOLDERS?

“The lawsuit, filed by shareholder Hind Bou-Salman, names numerous past and present PG&E executives and board members, including former Chairman of the Board and CEO Peter Darbee as well as his predecessor Thomas King and current PG&E President Christopher Johns. It claims that hundreds of millions of dollars that were to be used for pipeline assessment, maintenance and record keeping was instead used to buy back stock, improving PG&E’s bottom line and giving bonuses and stock options to the executives. Bou-Salman, a Millbrae resident and PG&E stockholder for 23 years, wants PG&E executives to be held accountable for the millions of dollars the company has spent settling lawsuits and paying fines stemming from the 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno. She filed the suit on behalf of other shareholders.”

OH WELL.

Is the SFPUC Trying to Buy Off the Ocean Beach Bulletin Blog to Promote the “Sunset Greenway Project?” Sure Looks That Way

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Take a look.

Kind of reminds me of this outfit, which ended up losing relevance after taking money from the SFMTA.

Is this the kind of thing they call co-option?

(I’ll tell you, I’m the only bay area entity I know that turned down an ad money offer from horrible, horrible PG&E. (Can the San Francisco Bay Guardian say that? No. They’ve done at least one ad deal with PG&E. At the time I thought to myself, “Isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think?”)

As always, JMO.

And for every person who voices an opinion like this, there are ten or a hundred who think exactly the same thing but, they’re, you know, too polite to say anything.

I mean, why not say, “We have a contract with the PUC to promote this project” right on the top of the page?

Something to think about…