PG&E May Face $7M Penalty for Backup Shortfall

By Published On: June 17, 2011

Pacific Gas & Electric may face penalties for allegedly falling short of the state’s power supply cushion requirements in 2010. The California Public Utilities Commission stated June 14 that it may fine PG&E for failing to meet the 15-17 percent resource adequacy requirements in March, April, and July of last year. The CPUC’s Consumer Protection and Safety Division recommends fining the utility $7.1 million, claiming PG&E failed to meet its local resource adequacy procurement obligations. “The utility is reviewing the allegations and will provide a response to the CPUC,” PG&E stated in a June 14 filing. Following the investigation, a CPUC judge is to determine if fines are warranted.

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