Pacific Gas & Electric Co. finally seeking to get paid for electricity used by 9 street lamps in Lockeford
PG&E finally seeking to get paid for electricity used by 9 street lamps in Lockeford
Nine street lights in Lockeford, converted from utility poles by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., have been operating free of charge since 1997. PG&E is working with Lockeford officials to begin charging for the use of the street lights.
- How it happened
- Someone approached the Lockeford Municipal Advisory Council in
late spring or early summer about a street lamp on Highway 88 that
burned out. A MAC representative then contacted the county about
- County Public Works determined that the street lamp with the
burned-out bulb wasn’t in a lighting assessment district
administered by the county, so a Public Works contacted Pacific Gas
& Electric Co.
- PG&E representatives recently discovered that the utility
installed nine street lamps on Highway 88 in 1997, but failed to
bill anyone for the electrical power it provided. PG&E
acknowledges that the error was its own fault.
- PG&E wants someone — they don’t really care whom — to begin
paying for electrical power from now on. County Public Works
officials informed the Lockeford Municipal Advisory Council at the
Aug. 19 MAC meeting.
- The MAC then contacted the Clements-Lockeford Chamber of
Commerce about its willingness to either pay the electrical costs
or work on a solution.
— News-Sentinel staff.
Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 12:00 am
Updated: 6:02 am, Thu Aug 26, 2010.
In 1997, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. installed nine new
street lamps to illuminate Lockeford's business district as part of
a project to move overhead power lines underground.
For some reason, PG&E never billed anyone for the
electricity the utility provided, and no one knows why.
Thursday, August 26, 2010 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:02 am.