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April 5, 2005








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In This Section:
San Diego Proposes Time-of-Use Meters
More Inspectors Say Yes To Gloves-Off Food Handling
A’ Equals Awesome For Napa County Restaurants
Dry Summer Ahead For Washington State


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San Diego Proposes Time-Of-Use Meters
Higher by day, lower by night. That’s the way energy bills would look for you operators in the San Diego area if the local utility company gets its way.

San Diego Gas & Electric recently submitted a proposal to state regulators to upgrade meters to new high-tech units that would report electrical consumption on a real-time basis. The new meters would enable the utility to accurately charge customers higher rates for the power they use during peak periods and lower rates for off-peak consumption.

The utility predicts the new meters and rate structures would trim power demand by 360 megawatts, eliminating the need for several "peaker" plants that are used on only the hottest days.

If the plan is approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, customers who shift usage to off-peak times could save up to $600 million in the long run, the utility figures.

While SDG&E says that the overall average rate would remain the same, consumer advocates express concern that small businesses such as restaurants would not be able to shift power usage to off-peak hours, and their bills will rise.

Pacific Gas & Electric, which serves the San Francisco Bay area, is submitting a similar proposal, and Southern California Edison is considering the matter.


 

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More Inspectors Say Yes To Gloves-Off Food Handling
Automatic handwashing systems that record individual employee use are convincing some health officials to back off their local requirements for gloves-only food prep.

Fairfax County, Va., and Maricopa County, Ariz., and are just two jurisdictions that locally made gloves mandatory but are now allowing variances for operators using the automated handwashing setups. In Fairfax County, for example, bare-hand contact is allowed for food that will then be cooked, such as raw hamburger meat. Gloves are still required for ready-to-eat foods, however. The handwashing system is seen as enhancing overall food safety.

The Food and Drug Administration Model Food Code, on which many state and local regs are based, recommends but does not require the use of gloves. The code also spells out handwashing procedures that would make bare-hand contact acceptable.

Devices that record each time employees wash their hands help assure health inspectors that proper sanitation practices are being maintained.

Most state and county health codes have made glove use mandatory to add an extra safety measure. But gloves used improperly would not prevent cross-contamination.



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‘A’ Equals Awesome For Napa County Restaurants
If you run a restaurant in Napa County, Calif., you may be posting health inspection letter grades by Jan. 1 next year.

After a local newspaper investigation revealed that area restaurants weren’t notifying the public of the availability of health reports, county supervisors asked the county’s Environmental Management Department to look into options to hold restaurants more accountable.

The department returned with four proposals: letter grades posted in eatery windows; recognition awards to restaurants that consistently score well; increased enforcement of the current law; and Internet posting of health inspections.

Current Napa regs require restaurants to post a notice that health inspection reports are available to the public upon request. However, a recent survey by the local paper found that only 16 out of 58 restaurants visited had both a sign posted and health report available.

If passed, Napa would become the first county in Northern California to adopt public letter grade postings. Individual cities would still have to approve the county proposal for individual restaurant compliance.



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Dry Summer Ahead For Washington State
Don’t be surprised if your Washington state stores are asked to ration water this summer.

Gov. Christine Gregoire in March declared a statewide drought emergency. Lack of rain west of the Cascades and little snowpack in the mountains have left rivers and reservoirs far short of normal.

Conditions are as bad as they were in 2001, experts say. Without rain, the situation could well match the drought of 1977.

While water conservation is being strongly encouraged, rationing has yet to be required in any municipalities.

The Bonneville Power Administration has indicated that utility rates likely won’t increase as they did in ’01 when drought problems were compounded by the energy crisis in California.

State water officials, however, are already helping the town of Roslyn address a potential shortage of potable water this summer. Other towns may face similar shortages.




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