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PG&E may not survive latest wildfire without more state help

How much of wildfire costs not covered by insurance should be paid by California’s giant investor-owner utilities has been a significant issue since at least 2007. That’s when wildfires ravaged northern and eastern San Diego County, killing two people and

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PUC tries to put San Onofre nuclear plant scandal behind it

One of the more embarrassing scandals in the history of the California Public Utilities Commission appears to have finally concluded with a settlement on how to pay for the costs of shuttering the broken San Onofre nuclear plant – one that’s

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Utilities’ bid for help on wildfire costs finds renewed hope

California’s three giant investor-owned utilities haven’t given up on hopes that state leaders and regulators may give their shareholders the financial protection they want in an era of frequent massive wildfires linked to climate change – and their hopes don’t seem

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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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Ruling adds to case against San Onofre settlement

A judicial ruling last week slamming Southern California Edison adds to pressure on the California Public Utilities Commission to abandon a $4.7 billion deal it cut last year with Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric over the cost of

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Lawmakers upset with vetoes of PUC reforms

Many state lawmakers appeared surprised and upset with Gov. Jerry Brown’s weekend decision to veto six measures adopted in response to a series of scandals at the California Public Utilities Commission that have prompted criminal and civil investigations as well

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San Onofre bailout under growing fire

California’s powerful, politically connected giant electricity utilities are used to getting their way and to getting help when things go wrong. When an ineptly designed state power “deregulation” law exposed Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego

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Credibility crisis comes as PUC faces tough decisions

The recent series of scandals involving the California Public Utiities Commission hang like a pall over the regulatory agency. Recently deposed PUC President Michael Peevey’s swapping of favors with Pacific Gas & Electric and his surreptitious work with Southern California

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High-speed rail Legislative Report lists some, but not all controversies

Risk, time and money remain the major problems for the construction of California’s high-speed rail project. That’s seen in the biannual Legislative Report of the California High-Speed Rail Authority released this month, as required by law. The report is a serious

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Why green power won’t replace nukes

  Last year Southern California Edison mothballed its 2.3 gigawatt San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. As CalWatchdog.com reported at the time, the actual reason probably was mechanical defects caused from retrofitting the plant to ramp up and down rapidly to

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