Articles Tagged With ‘California Public Utilities Commission’




Legislation proposed to bar PG&E from utilizing tax deductions to cover penalty

If proposed legislation is passed, PG&E will not be able to harvest a tax windfall from state authorities by taking a tax deduction for a $1.6 billion penalty because of its negligence in a fatal explosion in San Bruno. [Contra... (Continue reading)

PG&G diverted safety funds to bonuses

PG&E diverted more than $100 million in monies for safety and operations to bonuses for executives and shareholder profits over a 15-year period that is linked to the 2010 San Bruno disaster, according to an independent audit and a staff... (Continue reading)

California restricts fees on smart meter opt-outs

California utility companies now have limits on their ability to charge customers who wish to remove smart meters from their property. [Union Tribune] After a unanimous vote by the California Public Utilities Commission, utility companies are now restricted to charging... (Continue reading)

PG&E’s cozy relationship with public officials

After reading thousands of emails received as part of a California Public Records Act lawsuit settlement, San Bruno officials announced that state utility regulators were advising PG&E on ways to fend off a legal challenge following the deadly gas-pipeline explosion... (Continue reading)

Regulators, utilities called cozy

Pointing to ongoing operational deficiencies on the part of Pacific Gas & Electric, California lawmakers are focusing angry attention on the utility’s regulatory agency, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), according to a report in the Sacramento Bee. PG&E owns and... (Continue reading)

Supervisors want place on quake panel

In a decision steeped in unspoken suspicion, San Luis Obispo County supervisors Tuesday sought to install their own earthquake expert on a panel now eying Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, and to have PG&E ratepayers offset the $70,000 a year... (Continue reading)

SmartMeter opponents score major victory

Pacific Gas & Electric took a major hit Thursday when state regulators announced that they expect the utility to offer customers the option of declining wireless SmartMeters. [Associated Press] The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is giving PG&E two weeks... (Continue reading)

PG&E ordered to reduce gas pressure limits

The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has ordered PG&E to reduce pressure on four natural gas transmission lines, saying the utility ran the safety lines well above legal safety levels. [SF Chronicle] Two of the pipes are located in the... (Continue reading)

PG&E told to release SmartMeter reports

The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is ordering PG&E to make public the company’s status reports on the deployment of its SmartMeters, whose accuracy is the subject of a state investigation. [San Francisco Chronicle] Michael Peevey, commission president, told PG&E... (Continue reading)

PG&E facing customer revolt

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has halted installation of the so-called “smart utility meter” in Bakersfield after hundreds of customers complained that the readings weren’t accurate.  [Bloomberg News] The meters, designed as the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s push to... (Continue reading)