The California ISO site offers this helpful diagram which explains the basics
of the state's generation, transmission, and distribution processes.|
This table from CNN.com offers a clear before-and-after overview of how
California's deregulation process has transformed the generation, transmission,
and distribution of the state's electricity.|
This site, maintained by Dennis Silverman of the University of California-Irvine Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, offers several concise fact sheets, and links to other helpful energy information sites.|
Peak Demand and Electrical Energy Sources
This page contains a chart listing the online capacity of California's various energy sources.
California Power Lines, Hydroelectric Power, and Natural Gas
This page has statistics on the ownership of the state's transmission lines, and prices of nuclear power and natural gas.
On its web site, the California Energy Commission has published maps of the
state's energy infrastructure and service providers, including the location of
the state's power plants, the ownership of its major transmission lines,
and the areas serviced by the California ISO.|
A joint production of four California PBS stations, the web site for the
program "California's Power Play" contains a section with daily
updates of the latest developments on the power crisis from news sources
throughout California and the U.S.
The California Independent System Operator (ISO) is a private nonprofit
organization that manages the operation of the state's transmission system and
power grids. Its web site publishes continuous updates of daily electricity
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulates the state's
electricity companies and authorizes any utility rate changes.|
This web site offers details on Governor Gray Davis' initiatives to
combat California's energy crisis from both the demand and supply sides.
The three largest private utilities in California are Pacific Gas &
Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric. Their web sites contain tips on energy
conservation and consumer information about the potential for rolling blackouts.
home - california - my bill - new business - regulation - the future - new york times reports
video - interviews - glossary - discussion - synopsis - press - tapes & transcripts - credits
FRONTLINE - wgbh - pbs online
power lines photo ©2001 entropy media/images
web site copyright 1995-2014
WGBH educational foundation