The California Public Utilities Commission approved $150 million over five years to fund Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to engage its supercomputer to assist modeling cybersecurity, gas safety, and electricity system planning. The laboratory has computers \u201cfor national defense,\u201d said commission president Mike Peevey. \u201cWe now have the opportunity to take the billions and billions of dollars for swords and turn them into plowshares,\u201d he added. The commission Dec. 20 agreed to the spending despite a recent push by ratepayer advocates to block it. The Utility Reform Network calls the agreement another of Peevey\u2019s \u201cpet\u201d projects. The consumer group\u2019s attorney Bob Finkelstein called it \u201ca potential waste of money\u201d in the \u201cmere hope that something of value will result.\u201d The ratepayer investment is akin to the 2008 commission decision spearheaded by Peevey for $600 million to create a University of California, Berkeley, Institute for Climate Solutions (Current, April 11, 2008). In a unanimous vote, with commissioner Mike Florio reluctantly voting in favor of the funding, regulators agreed that the use of supercomputer methodology could attain an estimated $550 million in savings in state infrastructure in the long run.