Dr. Snarky Sparks has been waiting impatiently for patient Southern California Edison to arrive as scheduled. Edison canceled the first appointment at the end of January for its new transmission line financial workout for Tehachapi wind connections. Then, Edison canceled again the next week, and then the next . . . Well, this M.D.?s secretaries are a bit miffed. Edison?s arrival raised high hopes for wind developers when it said it would ask federal regulators to roll into rates the cost of hooking lines to windmills?allowing the often shallow-pocketed wind developers to deliver to Edison?s load centers. Snarky was told that Edison had shown up, even though she never had a sighting. She began digging through the feds? filings in search of the transmission document. That, however, turned into a ?Where?s Waldo? experience. Spotting a young, fat, and possibly bespectacled filing was not made easier by the conflicting information she got from utility workers as to its whereabouts. One utility lobbyist said the filing had been sent to FERC in December. An Edison official said it had been filed recently. The utility flacks, who spent a good amount of time trying to figure out what was up, stated the filing has yet to be made. ?Best I can advise is to keep calling,? said Tom Boyd, utility spokesperson. A long-time Edison observer remarked, ?Only three different answers from Edison? That?s not bad.? Be that as it may, Snarky is keeping a lookout for the Where?s Waldo Wind filing. In the meantime, many eagerly await Edison?s response to its renewables solicitation. The utility was supposed to release its proposal in early February, but the California Public Utilities Commission gave it a 30- day extension. A CPUCer involved in the matter refused to enlighten Snarky as to why the extension was granted. She does wonder whether the utility itself will be getting into the wind business. Snarky has also had another Waldo experience. She has been searching high and low for the new CPUC member Steve Poizner. The appointment of cell phone technology whiz Poizner, along with Dian Grueneich, was announced in mid-December. Grueneich began serving a few weeks ago, but Poizner has yet to be seen at the commission. ?We haven?t heard anything,? said Terrie Prosper, CPUC spokesperson. The buzz at the Capitol is that conflicts of interest have stalled his appearance on the CPUC dais. Another nannygate? Another interesting tidbit on the CPUC front relates to recent hearings on its self-generation incentive program. The California Independent Petroleum Association had the audacity to argue that stranded gas in oil fields was a ?renewable? resource and entitled to program incentives. The CPUC defines renewable fuel as ?a non-fossil fuel resource,? i.e., solar, wind, biomass, or landfill gas, making it clear that waste gas generated as a byproduct of petroleum products need not apply. The petroleum association?s position ?does not pass the laugh test,? said one natural gas attorney. While back in the office, the doctor spent time reviewing a chart of another of her charges. The chart, put together by a specialist, did not give Pacific Gas & Electric a clean bill of health. Last month, Morningstar rated a few hundred large companies on stock stewardship, and gave PG&E a D grade. The sorry score was attributed to the utility?s failure to expense options and the former CEO?s ?excessive? 2004 compensation. PG&E reported that another doc, Governance Metrics International, did, however, give it a high score. The adjective ?excessive? brings to mind Texas, the state known for big oil, big trucks, and big drawls. One thing that does not come to mind?at least Snarky?s?is a big interest in whether California develops LNG. Oddly enough, one H.E. Butt is very interested, so much so that the Butt Grocery Co. sent a letter to FERC praising Sound Energy Solutions? proposed LNG terminal in Long Beach. ?This new source of low-emission vehicle fuel will increase the supply of LNG in Texas by relieving pressure on our current LNG sources,? Butt?s Ron Huebner said in a late-January letter. According to Butt, the company hopes to tap into SES?s foreign gas supply to fuel its fleet of big natural gas trucks. While Snarky commends use of less polluting heavy-duty trucks in and outside our state, she doubts Californians will be keen to support LNG development in Long Beach or elsewhere in the state for the benefit of Texas. Although the doctor urges her patients to avoid needless risks, a government Web site?the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission?s, to be exact?appears not to have heeded her advice. It recently had a link to an Associated Press video about LNG. While the piece was absolutely middle of the road, and is no longer there, Snarky wonders what the heck it was doing on a government Web site. Returning to the state stage, did you know that two Democratic senators facing term limits next year share the same campaign manager? The campaigns of Senator Debra Bowen, running for secretary of state, and Senator Joe Dunn, seeking the AG post, are being run by the same firm. And lest you think Snarky forgot, she has kept her ear to the ground regarding a likely suspect to fill the CEC slot left open by the departure of chair Bill Keese. As to the next Energy Commission chair, her bets are on CEC member John Geesman. As to what?s new with Keese, he will soon join the ranks of ex-agency official lobbyists.