While admitting “there’s no better place than California as far as energy policy” developments, California Public Utilities Commission member Mark Ferron rebelled against regulatory complacency. In parting remarks, he warned that utilities are not keeping up their “side of the regulatory compact.” Ferron also called the drive to allow more centralized electricity in lieu of distributed generation a “poisoned chalice.” Finally, he suggested that there be a method for commissioners to impart governance guidance to permanent management and staff. Jan. 16 was commissioner Mark Ferron’s last official meeting. He announced he could no longer serve on the commission due to prostate cancer. Until Gov. Jerry Brown appoints a replacement, the commission must function with four members instead of the normal five.