Posts Tagged ‘CPUC’

Public Utilities Commission crashes into Uber, Lyft

Friday, September 19th, 2014
Lyft Line

This week was supposed to be a Kumbaya moment for state legislators and ridesharing services. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law compromise legislation allowing the firms to continue to flourish, while requiring them to increase their insurance coverage. But just before then, t...

Water shortage could bring electricity grid failure

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
California statewide power plants

  California’s Big Three energy regulating agencies just warned in a joint letter to the California Water Resources Control Board that planned water curtailments for 2014 would present a danger to grid reliability and create “substantial potential for serious public health and safety i...

State auditor dings CPUC on passenger carriers

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
Los Angeles freeway, wikimedia

The California Public Utilities Commission is supposed to look out for consumers. But the California Auditor just found they have done a bad job regulating "passenger carriers" -- such as limousines. The CPUC does this through its Transformation Enforcement Branch. But the audit found: The co...

CA Lifeline program cost could triple under AB 1407

Monday, August 26th, 2013

  It's been trendy for a couple of years now for people to dump their phone landlines and go only with their mobile phones, saving money and hassles. The government is going in the opposite direction, setting up both land and mobile phones heavily subsidized by taxpayers. The federal Life...

California Solar Initiative: overhyped and underperforming

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Now that the $2.167 billion California Solar Initiative is winding down, electricity ratepayers might ask: What was it and what did it accomplish? Was it: 1.) A cutting edge solar energy project to bring about a “self-sustaining” solar power industry, as touted by the California Public Ut...

Lawmakers text while discussing lack of broadband for poor

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

March 12, 2013 By Katy Grimes Click-click-click went lawmakers' smart phones as they texted Monday while seeming to listen to four hours of hearings on expanding broadband Internet services to poor people. At the same hearing, representatives from AT&T, Verizon, and the California Cable and T...

PG&E misleads on rate increases

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Editor's Note: This is Part 2 of two. Part 1 is here.  Nov. 27, 2012 By Katy Grimes PG&E has openly misled about rate increases. In February 2011, PG&E announced the utility expected its electric rate to remain steady into 2011. Then it was revealed that PG&E's 2011-2013 General Rate...

Lax CPUC oversight lets PG&E gouge ratepayers

Monday, November 26th, 2012

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 ...

State promotes renewable energy at all costs

Friday, June 15th, 2012

June 15, 2012 By Joseph Perkins The California Public Utilities Commission routinely rubber stamps renewable energy projects without discussion. But that was not the case this past Thursday, when Commissioner Michael Florio objected to a solar project that came before the state agency. It was par...

$2 Billion Solar Rebates Program Broke

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

APRIL 6, 2011 By KATY GRIMES California legislators are pushing a bill through the system for a bankrupt solar subsidy program, despite a $200 million shortfall. And while the large shortfall would make most subsidy beneficiaries go belly-up, California legislators seem willing to make sure the de...