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March 8, 2001
That boxed explanation for the absence of a column last week was no joke. I'm laughing with tears in my eyes -- and a new layer of irritation at the people who keep pushing for deregulation. How many disasters will it take in which the consumer -- and usually the small consumer -- ends up picking up the tab before we admit that in many instances, maybe most, deregulation is a terrible idea? I got involved in one of those instances last week -- a lot more involved than I cared to be. It started with the arrival of my monthly bill from Southern California Edison in mid-February.
August 24, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — About 250 Southern California Edison customers along the Peninsula lost power Tuesday morning after a transformer failed, officials said. Workers with SCE were working to isolate the outage and restore power to residents in the area, said Vanessa McGrady, spokeswoman for SCE. The power outage first occurred at 4:22 a.m., affecting nearly 3,380 customers in the area, McGrady said. She said power was restored at 1:36 p.m. Workers were able to isolate the problem and restore power to most residents and businesses along West 17th Street on the north, Oceanfront on the south, the Balboa Pavilion area on the east and Monrovia Avenue on the west.
By Britney Barnes | September 14, 2012
Local schools will receive almost $1 million in free upgrades starting next week, thanks to the state Public Utilities Commission. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District approved an agreement Tuesday with Southern California Edison to be a part of its Public Schools Program, which will go into each school and district facility to upgrade indoor lights where needed. It will save the district an expected $220,000 in utility costs, according to the board agenda. An estimated $940,000 in upgrades will be put into Newport-Mesa Unified properties, with the district only contributing labor - which was already allocated - to oversee and inspect the projects, said Tim Marsh, the district's administrative director of facilities support services.
By Sarah Peters, | July 17, 2010
Costa Mesa and Newport Beach homeowners are seeing fractional increases in their monthly energy bills to pay for the new Smart electric meters, but most say it's a small price to pay for energy efficiency. The $1.6 billion SmartConnect program was implemented by Southern California Edison earlier this year. Workers have been installing the new electric meters not only in Newport-Mesa, but throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties. The goal is to have five million new Smart meters, which have the capacity to be read wirelessly and provide hourly data, installed in homes and small businesses throughout SCE's 50,000-square-mile territory.
August 30, 2010
Southern California Edison is preparing a section of the Balboa Peninsula for underground utilities and plans to shut off electricity from E Street to the end of the peninsula between 2 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Power may be turned off more than once during the stoppage. Mike Reicher
November 19, 2009
Southern California Edison is teaming up with the city of Costa Mesa to help residents become more energy efficient. The utility and city are launching the Holiday Lamp Exchange program, in which residents can exchange their energy-sucking incandescent holiday lights for more efficient, cooler LED lights. Each household can get up to five soft white or multi-colored LED holiday lights in exchange for five incandescent lights. The program works on a first-come, first-served basis.
October 10, 2011
A failed underground electrical cable left nearly 3,000 homes or businesses in Irvine without power Monday morning. The outage began at about 8:30 a.m., and by 10:15 power had been restored to most customers, according to Southern California Edison. The outage was in the area near Culver Drive and the San Diego (405) Freeway. As of 12 p.m., power was still out for 117 customers. SoCal Edison expects that electricity would be restored by 7 p.m., once crews had checked each underground section that may be responsible for the failure.
March 4, 2014
A Fountain Valley resident was taken to an area hospital Tuesday morning with minor injuries after crashing her car in Costa Mesa, authorities said. The 67-year-old woman was driving a 2001 Nissan Altima west on Victoria Street around 11 a.m. when she hit a Southern California Edison utility pole, concrete city bench and trash can near the American Avenue intersection, said Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott. Responding officers found that the driver was not impaired. She was taken to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.
By Brianna Bailey | April 2, 2009
Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle is concerned Southern California Edison isn’t releasing enough information to the public about a $20-million proposal to underground utilities on Balboa Island. “I see it as whether you are for or against the process, Southern California Edison should be transparent and accountable in the details of its costs,” Daigle said. Balboa Island property owners will take a vote later this month on whether to create an assessment district and underground utilities there.
September 19, 2000
Representatives of Costa Mesa and Santa Ana businesses will meet for lunch Wednesday to discuss electricity conservation and the possibility of power outages. The South Coast Metro Alliance will present a meeting titled, "If the Power Goes Out: A Hot Topic as Temperatures Increase," from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa. Guest speakers expected to attend include Kim Scherer, regional manager of Southern California Edison Co., and Terry Cable, director of administrative services for Santa Ana. Presentations will include information about the availability of electricity, rolling power outages, the impact of the electricity situation on businesses, deregulation legislation and conservation efforts.
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