Investigative Reports

Lax CPUC oversight lets PG&E gouge ratepayers

November 26th, 2012 By admin. Editor's note: This is Part 1 of two. Part 2 is here. Nov. 26, 2012 By Katy Grimes As the price of natural gas has fallen to a decade low, utility ratepayers wouldn’t know it. Utility costs continue to explode. Given the low cost of natural gas, Pacific Gas & Electric’s latest request to increase utility rates by more than 15 percent by 2016 is causing many to question why....

Secrecy pollutes first CA cap and trade auction

November 20th, 2012 By admin. Nov. 20 2012 By Katy Grimes Ignoring a lawsuit filed by the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Air Resources Board went ahead with its first auction of greenhouse gas allowances last Wednesday, Nov. 14. The results of the auction were announced Monday. Despite trying to sound as if the auction was a resounding success in a media conference call on Monday, it appears that...

Cal Chamber sues state for profiting from AB 32

November 16th, 2012 By admin. Nov. 15, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi The California Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday sued the state of California to stop it from making a profit by selling “free” air pollution emission credits as part of the new Cap and Trade program. Ninety percent of the first round of pollution permits will be given out for free.  So the California Air Resources Board will be skimming off a $3 bill...

Democrats’ congressional wins delay supermajority

November 8th, 2012 By admin. Nov. 8, 2012 By John Hrabe On Tuesday night, Democrats shocked the Capitol by seizing two-thirds control of the state Assembly.  With it comes the power to override the governor and raise taxes. “Everyone was looking at the likelihood that the state Senate would reach the sought two-thirds majority for Democrats,” wrote Scott Lay, publisher of Around the Capitol. “But from the ...
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