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California Public Utilities Commission limits extensions for gas-fired power plants

California Public Utilities Commission limits extensions for gas-fired power plants

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted on their decision in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) proceeding to extend, with limitations,  once-through-cooling (OTC) gas-fired power plants in environmental justice communities. Community members and advocates have urged the Commission to adjust their proposed decision so it rejects fossil fuels in favor […]

San Jose mayor joins push to break up PG&E

San Jose mayor joins push to break up PG&E

By Chris Reed The political pressure on Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Legislature and the California Public Utilities Commission to break up Pacific Gas & Electric has grown rapidly since PG&E ordered power outages from Oct. 9-12 that affected more than 2 million people in response to the fire threat posed by heavy winds. The utility […]

California utility, under scrutiny over massive wildfire, falsified pipeline safety records for years: regulators

California utility, under scrutiny over massive wildfire, falsified pipeline safety records for years: regulators

By Paulina Dedaj | Fox News One of California’s largest utilities company was accused Friday of falsifying safety documents for the state’s natural gas pipelines for years, even after it was blamed for a 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people. An investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission found that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. had […]

California Wants to Tax Your Text Messages. Here’s Why

California Wants to Tax Your Text Messages. Here’s Why

By LUCAS LAURSEN  Have you found yourself texting people instead of calling them? Sure. Have you stopped to debate whether texting is a form of “telecommunications” or an “information service?” Chances are the answer is “no”. California’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is betting you haven’t either — and the difference matters because the commission has jurisdiction […]

Request to resume gas injections at Aliso Canyon triggers safety review process  

Request to resume gas injections at Aliso Canyon triggers safety review process   

On Nov. 1, Southern California Gas Co. notified state oil and gas officials by letter requesting permission to resume natural gas injections at Aliso Canyon for the first time since the disastrous gas leak that began in late October of 2015. I believe the request is premature. More than a year after the fact, the […]

Grimes: Government Created Energy Blackouts Coming to a City Near You

Grimes: Government Created Energy Blackouts Coming to a City Near You

California regulators approve Charter’s takeover of Time Warner Cable

California regulators approve Charter’s takeover of Time Warner Cable

LOS ANGELES — Charter Communications has cleared a final regulatory hurdle in its nearly year-long quest to clinch its $71 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. California Public Utilities Commission members on Thursday voted unanimously to approve the transfer of phone licenses, link a blessing needed by Charter to complete the […]

CA utilities commission plays dangerous game with power grid security

CA utilities commission plays dangerous game with power grid security

By James Poulos . The latest tit-for-tat between lawmakers and the California Public Utilities Commission has brought back bad memories of an in-state — and unsolved — national security threat. The tiff began when the CPUC “hired outside lawyers as federal and state investigators probed allegations of official influence-peddling and improper deal-making with Pacific Gas and […]

PUC faces harsh hangovers from Peevey era

PUC faces harsh hangovers from Peevey era

Moody’s: Energy edict will hammer SoCal municipal utilities

Moody’s: Energy edict will hammer SoCal municipal utilities

Assembly Bill 32, the landmark 2006 law requiring California to begin shifting to cleaner-but-costlier forms of renewable energy, hasn’t hit consumers as hard as some economists feared for an ironic reason: Dirtier “brown energy” got cheaper. The U.S. fracking/shale revolution has sharply reduced the cost of natural gas and thus limited the cost impact of […]

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