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PG&E Pays $97M Fine for Ex Parte Wrongs

27 Apr

Pacific Gas & Electric agreed to pay $97.5 million in penalties under a settlement that puts to rest charges of prohibited secret communications between utility officials and state regulators. The California Public Utilities Commission approved the agreement April 26. “We hope PG&E will finally get the message that they have to play by the rules,” […]

Legislature Sets Busy Agenda with More Energy Bills

20 Feb

Legislators in Sacramento continued introducing energy-related measures through the end of last week, including perennial bills that to make large hydropower a qualified source of renewable energy and to promote electric vehicles. While some are largely statements of intent at this juncture—with the substance to be developed later—two of the more developed measures introduced in […]

OPINIONATED: A New CPUC Tool to Reduce Ex Parte Exchanges

20 Feb

By Todd Edmister A recent CA Current article described a Feb.7, 2017, CPUC Commissioner informational webinar on “Impacts of Climate Change and Resulting Resiliency Challenges.” Though noticed as addressing “select questions submitted by the public,” the purpose of the meeting was limited to addressing questions from “investor groups,” as Commissioners Picker and Peterman stated in […]

Shorts

11 Apr

The California Energy Commission April 7 launched the California Offshore Renewable Wind Energy Gateway, a website that provides geospatial information on ocean wind resources, ecological and natural resources, ocean commercial and recreational uses, and community values. The commission said it created the gateway to support the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy […]

Gov. Signs Big CPUC Reform Deal

27 Jun

After being continually pressured by lawmakers to overhaul the California Public Utilities Commission, Gov. Jerry Brown reached an agreement with key Democratic legislators to reform the agency. On June 27, Brown signed an historic deal with Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Sens. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to make the […]

CPUC Reform Legislation Awaits Brown’s Autograph

17 Sep

Legislation to reform the California Public Utilities Commission went to the governor in the waning hours of the legislative session. (more…)

Commission Launches Probe into PG&E’s Safety Culture & Governance

27 Aug

Whether Pacific Gas & Electric gives short shrift to safety is the focus of an investigation the California Public Utilities Commission launched Aug. 27. (more…)

CPUC Exclusive Meetings Produce Skewed Results, Report Says

25 Jun

Closed-door meetings between regulators, utility representatives and other stakeholders bias the decision-making process in the regulated utility’s favor, finds a June 23 report commissioned by the California Public Utilities Commission. (more…)