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California seeks solutions to higher energy costs

Amid a shifting landscape of growing consumer choices and increasingly exacting emissions regulations, state utilities and regulators have pressed ahead with a variety of initiatives designed to prevent energy shortages, consumer rebellions or a perfect storm of the two.  Losing

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Extra electricity, but no price relief

  Fueled by a dated system that does not always respond to market incentives or pressure, costs and surpluses of energy have both grown in California, raising pointed questions about what residents should expect from rates and regulations alike. “California has a

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Is lack of competition leading to costly electricity glut?

SACRAMENTO – A top California utility official once quipped that he was one of the few executives in the country who earned a profit merely by remodeling his office. He was referring to the way the state’s regulated utility system

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – December 29

Short-term pain with ACA repeal CA wall of debt Brown taps two top advisors for CPUC posts Former Lt. Gov. for Trump’s agriculture secretary? New disclosure rules show greater detail of lobbyists’ influence Good morning! TGIT. Republicans in Washington appear

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – September 12

What happened to CA oil exploration? Did governor’s veto threat sink CPUC reform? Out-of-state financial support for pot legalization causing controversy Darrell Issa and Loretta Sanchez make strange bedfellows Anti-Vax doctor under fire Good morning. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the return of NFL

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Utilities Commission sides with Edison over family killed by downed power line

The California Public Utilities Commission has had an extremely rough two years. Its former longtime director, Michael Peevey, is facing criminal changes for his actions in arranging for ratepayers to pay 70 percent of the $4.7 billion cost of shuttering

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CA lawmakers plot CPUC’s demise

The California Public Utilities Commission may not live to see the next presidential election. Under a new proposal put forth by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, the new chairman of the Committee on Utilities and Commerce, the CPUC — long under

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CPUC slaps Uber with big fine

To play in California, Uber must pay. “The California Public Utilities Commission agreed last Thursday with a judge’s recommendation to fine Uber $7.6 million for failing to meet data reporting requirements in 2014,” the Los Angeles Times reported. “Uber will appeal the

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CA solar plans snarled by controversy

In the California desert and in solar-paneled neighborhoods around the state, a new conflict over alternative energy has broken out. Pitting lawmakers, regulators, customers and the solar power industry against one another, the dispute centered around how much solar users ought

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CA’s nuclear power in doubt

Despite calls for a resurgence in nuclear power, California could soon shutter its effort to keep the alternative energy going. PG&E’s Diablo Canyon plant, the state’s last, has wound up in the crosshairs. As the Associated Press reported, “the company

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