California Public Utilities Commission

Taking the Public Out of the Public Utilities Commission

We know about Governor Jerry Brown's utility friends and the top staffers he handpicked from their ranks. We know about his protection of the secretive Public Utilities Commission (PUC) by vetoing reform bills. We know about the PUC’s protection of Brown himself in refusing to release more than 60 emails that might link him to the commission’s utility-brokered deal to put billions  on the backs of ratepayers to shut down a defective nuclear power plant.  
 

PUC Head Confirmed, Not Confronted

Examples mentioned, never followed up. Questions dangled, but never asked. And no one knows, still, where the money went. That's a short summary of Wednesay's relatively easy confirmation of Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission.

As Investigations Grow, California Senate Considers Top Utilities Regulator Confirmation

Stonewalling legislators when you have to be confirmed by their colleagues is usually not a good idea but that is the approach Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, appears to be taking. 

Wining and Dining With Energy Firms Still the Norm for PUC Commissioners

As investigations over alleged back-room dealings at the California Public Utilities Commission continue, Commissioner Mike Florio was wined and dined at a convention for a trade group that represents energy providers. 

As Secret Deals Probe Looms, PUC Urges Less Government Transparency

Only in California would discussions about curtailing the public’s ability to monitor state and local government include a state commission accused of secret backroom deals. 

PG&E Proposal Will Monopolize Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Central and Northern CA at Ratepayer Expense

The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) should reject a PG&E proposal to monopolize electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure on grounds that it will raise costs for ratepayers while stifling innovation. PG&E has proposed to charge ratepayers to install 25,100 EV charging stations, whether or not they are EV drivers.

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