California Public Utilities Commission

Brown Not So Green: Californians Paying Billions Extra For Dirty Energy

Californians are paying billions of dollars too much for electric plants we don't need. That's the finding of a major Los Angeles Times investigation and a new Consumer Watchdog report explains why.

Governor Brown has embraced the building of fossil fuel generated electricity, along with the reopening of Aliso Canyon's gas reserve, even while Californians have a glut of electric capacity. 

New Report Suggests Brown Administration Covering Up Health Risks At Aliso Canyon

Is Aliso Canyon the new Love Canal?

Today's LA Times bombshell, a report by Ivan Penn that families have been sick for years from the leak of a natural gas additive in a small Alabama town, raises troubling questions of why Governor Brown's Administration and LA health officials have denied any significant health impacts could occur from Aliso Canyon's methane leak.

Why the Legislature Likely Saw the Regional Grid as Déjà Vu All Over Again

In 2002 I stood up in front of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee and presented reasons why Enron had caused the so called “California Energy Crisis.”  I was alone that day on a panel of senior regulators and energy officials.  My picture in the New York Times the next day captured the puzzled looks of my more important panelists as I failed to support the consensus that nothing was wrong.  

Fooled Again? Western Grid Is Big Game At End of Session

The stage is being set for another end-of-the-session swindle of the consumer and the environment by some of the same cast of characters who took the state to the cleaners the first time.  

Brown's PUC Overhaul More Cosmetic Than Substance

Will The Legislature Rise to the Ratepayer Challenge Of Reversing Era of Billions In Ripoffs?

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times laid a challenge right at the door step of the California Legislature.  Ivan Penn's article about the billions ratepayers have overpaid for their electricity due to construction that has not proven useful to ratepayers cries out for a legislative fix to restore the doctrine of "used" and "usefulness" for new projects.
 

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