California Public Utilities Commission member Geoffrey Brown on January 8 asked colleagues to look into allegations by the Greenlining Institute that Pacific Gas & Electric did not disclose costs for more than $80 million in executive bonuses in its general rate case. Both Brown and commission president Michael Peevey castigated the utility for handing out the bonuses. According to a Greenlining letter sent to the commission this week, despite cross-examination of PG&E witnesses under oath, no disclosures were made about bonuses during general rate case hearings. While noting that shareholders are supposed to foot the bill for the hefty perks, Brown expressed concerns that the costs may have been folded into PG&E?s general rate case request. The minority rights group intends to detail its allegations in a CPUC filing January 16, according to Greenlining attorney Itzel Berr?o. Commission staff indicated that Peevey plans to look into the matter. ?If it should turn out that PG&E ratepayers are in fact expected to pay any or all of this money, I intend to be the first one to call for a disallowance of these costs, which at first blush appear to provide absolutely no benefit to ratepayers,? said Brown. Peevey joined Brown in slamming the utility for its bonuses. Peevey said he hopes the utility ?unclogs its tin ear.? Many PG&E employees ?look on with extreme distaste? as top management are ?feathering their nests,? he said. In related PG&E bonus news, The Utility Reform Network called for ?PG&E?s overpaid executives? to donate their wealth to a customer fund to avoid utility shutoffs during the winter months. TURN alleged that PG&E has cut back on funding the program REACH (Relief for Energy Assistance Through Community Help). Citing social services agencies, TURN said the utility is refusing payment arrangements for consumers after they receive a 48-hour notice.