Utilities Department Media Page
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)
September 13, 2013 More Green Power Zipping to Palo Alto--new landfill gas-to-energy facility launched
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 PurchasesMay 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: Helpful Links
Rates--background on value, supply and reasons for rate changes (electric, water, gas, sewer):
Utilities Projects Summary--(electric, gas, water & sewer---includes link to PG&E Pipeline Work in Palo Alto):
Upcoming Workshops and Events: www.cityofpaloalto.org/workshops
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2013