While promising to allocate the cost of the San Bruno pipeline explosion between Pacific Gas & Electric\u2019s ratepayers and shareholders at some later date, California Public Utilities Commission members advocated September 23 that the utility pay for new regulatory requirements with shareholder funds. \u201cI urge PG&E to step up and say shareholder funds will be used for this effort,\u201d said commissioner Dian Grueneich. Regulators this week required PG&E to review its spending on gas pipeline safety in 10 days; complete a leak survey on its gas pipelines by October 12; and \u201cimmediately\u201d submit a safety inspection plan to the commission. In addition, regulators are set to appoint a panel of \u201cexperts\u201d to review safety issues. There is no spending cap on the commission\u2019s requirements. \u201cTo date, PG&E showed every willingness to cooperate\u201d with regulatory orders, noted Mike Peevey, commission president. A September 9 explosion in San Bruno killed seven people and destroyed 37 homes. According to federal investigators, six people remain missing. It is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, but is widely considered to be caused by natural gas ignition in a PG&E-owned pipeline. What was left of the pipe looked like a \u201ccanned sardine,\u201d commissioner Nancy Ryan said of her first-hand look. Peevey noted a strain between outside consumer advocate The Utility Reform Network and the commission\u2019s action. After TURN executive Mark Toney said to commissioners the agency should look into \u201cWhat did PG&E know and when did they know it?\u201d Peevey called the organization on his carpet. Peevey said that TURN had complete access to PG&E documents in gas pipeline safety cases. He added that the non-profit has been paid \u201ctens of thousands of dollars\u201d for its role in pipeline safety cases. \u201cI\u2019m a little concerned about TURN\u2019s insensitivity at this moment,\u201d Peevey added. In a separate CPUC move this week, regulators moved around some accounting in order to keep the California Solar Initiative funded. That initiative subsidizes distributed generation through solar photovoltaic rooftop installations. The decision shifts $40 million from utility administrative expenses to actual solar incentives. The transfer would increase the incentive budget to $1.747 billion. A measure to increase lighting energy efficiency by up to 80 percent by 2020 also was approved by regulators. \u201cIt\u2019s the first [attempt] of its kind in the nation,\u201d said Grueneich. The lighting recommendation is now a part of the long-term strategic plan.