Energy

Scrapping Of Ventura Natural Gas Plant Is A Win For Consumers

Consumers just scored a victory with NRG's announcement that it is pulling the plug on a natural gas power plant in Ventura.

The Houston utility had contracted with Southern California Edison (SCE) to build the hotly contested Puente plant in Oxnard. Ratepayers would have shouldered the $300 million price tag.

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly From Brown's Pen

Consumers looking for bold action this year on laws protecting their wallets from rapacious drug companies, their privacy from the prying eyes of telecom companies, and their environment from the degradation of the oil and gas industry, didn't get any. But they did get some legislation that helps them take banks to court for fraud and to follow the money behind political ads.

The Ugly:

California Energy Commission Favors Scrapping Puente NatGas Power Plant (But Will It Really?)

The California Energy Commission (CEC) just took the unprecedented step of recommending that the $300-million Puente natural gas power plant slated for Ventura County be mothballed. Power plant builder NRG is under contract to Southern California Edison to build the plant in Oxnard.

End Of Session Hijinks Leave Consumers In Cold

As the legislature ended its business for the year in the early morning hours, legislative leaders proclaimed a prolific progressive session.  Not so if you care about consumer protection.
 
Key public interest causes were abandoned because of the power of the usual moneyed interest groups and the dependency of state house politicians on them.
 

Senate Turns Up Heat on Gov Brown's PUC Nominee

Senate leader Kevin de Leon took the unusual step of withholding his support for Governor Brown’s nominees to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Cliff Rechtschaffen and Martha Guzman Aceves, arguing that they have many questions to answer before de Leon agrees to give them a vote by the full Senate.

Question Cliff's Fitness for the PUC

Aliso Canyon was the biggest methane well blowout in U.S. history, and we still don't know why it happened. The California Public Utilities Commission just reopened the facility without the necessary environmental and safety reviews, so we have no way of knowing if it will happen again. 

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