Energy

$14 Billion Cost of Exxon Refinery Outage Makes Case for New Refinery Regulations

A study by the Rand Institute puts in perspective the need for new oil refinery regulations that the oil industry has long resisted. The Rand pegs the year-plus Exxon Torrance refinery outage as the most expensive in California history, costing consumers an extra $2.4 billion at the pump in the first 6 months alone and taking a $6.9 billion bite out of the state economy.
 

Sunlight On Big Oil: Showdown On Earth Day At CEC

As the sun rises in the Earth Day sky toward high noon, the California Energy Commission in Sacramento will be ground zero for the debate on what to do about the highest gasoline prices in the nation, which California has endured all year due to record profits by California oil refiners.

PUC Prez Picker Should Explain Under Oath Phony State Blackout Reports About Aliso's Closure

Misrepresentations and omissions in a state report that falsely threatens blackouts if Aliso Canyon's gas reserve stays closed need to be addressed. CPUC President Michael Picker has some explaining to do.

So Cal Gas Authored Aliso Blackout Report...But How Much?

Who wrote the report released by energy regulators this week that shocked Southern California with the notion that it could face 14 days of blackouts without Aliso Canyon's gas reserve? Southern California Gas. The very company with billions of dollars in reasons to keep the faulty and ancient reserve open.

Blackout Blackmail Part Deux?

A new report out from state energy regulators about Aliso Canyon smacks of the Blackout Blackmail Californians experienced at the turn of this century.

PG&E's Cherry On Top As Gov't Witness, Dominos to Fall On Brown?

Here’s a news flash that’s probably causing a lot of sleepless nights among Governor Brown’s inner circle: The central figure in the PUC corruption scandal, PG&E lobbyist Brian Cherry, is now a witness for the US government, in the case against PG&E over the San Bruno explosion.
 
Before the federal case against PG&E over San Bruno was delayed, the witness list turned over by the Justice Department included Cherry as one of its own witnesses. 
 

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