Independent from Long Beach, California on March 18, 1976 · Page 21
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 21

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, March 18, 1976
Page 21
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Leo. B.lch, CM.. IB«f»., Mjri* II, IU« INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-IEUGRAM (PM}-A-21 PUC issues orders to conserve power I Alaska oil line 43% bvdlt SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The State Public Utili- t i e s Commission has issued orders designed to encourage less use of clec : Iricity in an effort to make c o n s e r v a t i o n "the keystone of the r a t e structure." One of the o r d e r s directs P a c i f i c G a s t Electric, San Diego Gas 4 Electric and Southern California Edison to submit proposals for "lime-of- day pricing," a procedure .for charging cheaper rates 'tor power used during non- peak hours. Special meters would be installed , in homes. U n d e r existing rales, lower per-urdt rates have been available to larger users -- that is, (he more power used the cheaper the rate. The commission voted 3 to 2 Tuesday to approve the orders. PUC President D a v i d \V. Holmes and Commissioners Leonard Ross and Robert BalLno- vich joined in the 148-page majority report. Commissioners Vernon Sturgeon and W i l l i a m Symons Jr. dissented, calling the decision a "radical d e p a r t u r e . . . f r o m r e a s o n a b l e rate-setting practices." T h e r e p o r t w a s prepared at the request of Die Legislature, which asked the PUC to look into rate structures and find out what changes were-needed to promote power conservation. The PUC ordered that, within GO days, the utilities f i l e specific timo-ot-day p r i c i n g tariffs covering large-usage customers for whom most of the needed metering equipment is installed. The order also said that within one y e a r these companies and California Pacific Utilities, Pacific Power and Light and Sier- ra Pacific Power must install additional metering equipmenl for customers w i t h d e m a n d s greater t h a n 500 k i l o w a t t s of power at one lime. Within 90 days, the PUC said, PG^E, San Diego Gas and Edison are to: --Submit proposals for experimenting w i t h s i m i - lar pricing for customers using less t h a n 500 kilowatts at one time. --File eujwrlmenlai tar- i f f s applying peak-load pricing to l a r g e power domestic users or offering reductions for those who can cut power usage during peak periods. -- W o r k w i ( h l a r g e industrial and commercial cuslnmers to develop load management techniques for conserving use of electricity. The PUC also told Edison thai within six months it should submit proposals dealing with the use of waste heat developed by i t s c u s t o m e r s K a i s e r Steel; Kaiser Cement and Gypsum; A m c o r , I n c . : Portland C e m e n t C o . ; General Portland; Monolith Portland Cement; U.S. Borax 4 Chemical Corp., and Southwestern P o r t land Cement. NEW YORK (AP) - Construction of the $7 billion trans-Alaska pipeline is about 1,1 per cent complete and is about on schedule for a mid-1977 startup, the chairman of Standard Oil Co. of Ohio said Wednesday. The entire 798 miles of 48-Inch pipe Is expected to be Installed and ready for testing this autumn, Charles E. Spahr told the Cleveland Society of Security Analysts. So f a r , about 370 miles of pipeline Is in place, he said. "Sufficient pump stations and facilities at the terminal at Valdcz (the southern end of the pipeline) for handling GOO.OOO barrels per day arc expected to be operational by the middle of next year." In Washington, F e d e r a l E n e r g y Administration officials said they were concerned that by 1978 the output from the pipeline would cause an unexpected surplus of crude oil In West Coast slates. The officials raised Ihc possibility thnt the excess crude oil from Alaska might be piped In refineries In the Midwest or Texas. 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