They may not look like it, but pair of electrified pickup trucks showcased in San Francisco today have much more in common with the Chevrolet Volt than you may think.
California utility responds to critics of smart meters by offering an option to turn off the radio. But because of higher costs to read meters, it will charge consumers up to $20 a month to opt out.
However, the utility's customer service is faulty, according to an independent review of the controversial yet pioneering smart-meter program.
California utility PG&E looks to add another pumped hydro energy storage facility on grid to provide backup power to wind and solar farms.
On orders from California regulators, the utility reports that thousands of meters have suffered technical glitches, leading to inaccurate bills.
In a deal with SolarCity, California's Pacific Gas & Electric will provide the money to fund solar panel installations that require little upfront investment.
Pacific Gas & Electric says it is applying for stimulus funds to build a compressed-air storage facility able to store as much energy capacity as a medium-size power plant.
California utility betting on both solar photovoltaic panels and concentrating solar power to lower solar electricity costs, as it also explores technologies for grid storage.
Utility plans to build 500 megawatts worth of solar energy--enough to power 150,000 homes--by 2015 by putting solar-electric panels on rooftops in Northern and Central California.
Pacific Gas & Electric plans to shift its renewable energy strategy by investing directly in solar power plants and rooftop panels, a move that could firm up stalled solar projects.