We welcome input from the media about what kinds of information, links etc. would be most useful on this page.
To offer feedback or ask questions on any utilities-related issue, please contact Debra Katz.
Debra Katz, Utilities Communication Manager
office: (650) 329-2474 cell: (650) 810-3673 (for after hours or highly urgent situations)
(Can't reach me? Try my colleague Christen Creed: (650) 329-2479)
email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
View formal Press Releases here.
Here are our latest Media Alerts:
April 2, 2014 Water Double Doozy---Mayor's Challenge and Great Race both in April!
March 18, 2014 Oshman Jewish Community Center Solar System Third Largest in Palo Alto
Feb 26, 2014 SCVWD Announces 20% Water Use Cutback; SFPUC still requests 10% from Palo Alto
Oct 31, 2013 Singing Pirates, Penguins and More All Mob City Hall Plaza Today---Call 811!
Oct 4, 2013 Singing Employees Herald Benefits of Public Power
Dec 17, 2013 Enthusiasm Blooms at City Hall Demo Garden
Nov 5, 2013 Mayor Announces Seven "Green Business Leaders" for 2013
Sept 21, 2013 Palo Alto Utilities Reps Ranked #1 in Nation in Customer Satisfaction
Sept. 13, 2013 More Green Power Zipping to Palo Alto--new landfill gas-to-energy facility launched
Sept 10, 2013 Council Approves Changes to Award-Winning PaloAltoGREEN Program
Sept 5, 2013 SCAM WARNING---Ignore Calls Threatening Power-Shutoff due to Unpaid Bills
Aug 26, 2013 Yosemite Rim Fire---Impacts on Palo Alto
July 30, 2013 Palo Alto Wins National Award for Gas Safety Education
July 15, 2013 Little Cultural Ambassadors from China visit CPAU
May 13, 2013 PG&E Starting Work (Alma & Oregon) to Get "PIGs" into Pipes
May 3, 2013 Girl Scout Architects Build Their Own Model EcoHomes!
May 3, 2013 Northbound Foothill Expressway Closed This Weekend--PG&E Project
April 29, 2013 Great Race for Saving Water Made a Big Splash
April 23, 2013: Stop the Running Toilet! Overflowing Fun at Great Race for Saving Water this Saturday
March 22, 2013: Palo Altan Replaces 85 Year Old Toilet and Saves over 43,000 Gallons Per Year
February 26, 2013: Palo Alto's First Solar System Owner Renews Commitment
October 30, 2012: Power-Sucking Vampires Descend on City Hall Tomorrow
October 24, 2012: PG&E Gas Venting Today and Night Work This Week
October 12, 2012: Palo Alto Scores with Affirmed Triple A Utility Bond Ratings
October 1, 2012: Invitation to Presentation for the Mayor's Green Business Leader Awards
September 25, 2012: New LED Streetlights Around Town
September 25, 2012: Would You Believe Another PG&E Project Schedule Change?
September 21, 2012: Latest Updates to PG&E Pipeline Project
August 27, 2012: HP receives a large rebate check for efficiency upgrades to a data center
August 21, 2012: SIGNIFICANT OUTAGE: A tripped electric feeder line switch caused about 1,600 customers to lose power most of the day (along the 2700-3100 blocks of Middlefield Road). The restoration took awhile because the problem lay in an underground line that had to be pulled up and replaced.
August 14, 2012: Traffic impacts to the Charleston area due to a PG&E transmission gas line project.
Photo of signage (mentioned in media alert)
June 25, 2012: OUTAGE: Mylar Balloon hit overhead wires causing about 1,435 customers to lose power for an hour (near El Camino and Los Robles).
June 6, 2012: Wanted: Public Input on whether City Should Make 100% Green Power Purchases
May 7, 2012: The City of Palo Alto Utilities' Department wins a 2012 Public Power Wind Award
May 7, 2012: Palo Altans make the Top 10 in national 2012 Mayor's Water Reduction Challenge
Outage Updates: www.cityofpaloalto.org/outageinfo
Rates--background on value, supply and reasons for rate changes (electric, water, gas, sewer): www.cityofpaloalto.org/ratesoverview
Utilities Projects Summary--(electric, gas, water & sewer---includes link to PG&E Pipeline Work in Palo Alto): www.cityofpaloalto.org/utilityprojects
Upcoming Workshops and Events: www.cityofpaloalto.org/workshops
Last Updated: Apr 11, 2014