Energy

California Committee Looking At High Gas Prices Sets Its Sights on Market Power

The Energy Commission committee charged with finding a solution for California’s high gas prices has sometimes been a hostile place for consumers over the last year and a half. At Tuesday's meeting, that changed. The Air Resources Board, NRDC, four members of the committee, and even oil trader Vitol SA echoed Consumer Watchdog to question refiners' market power and lack of transparency for price spikes.

VIDEO: Brown's Dirty Hands

Governor Brown has walked the world speaking out against climate change. But an exhaustive review of his Administration's actions shows they've often helped oil, gas and utility companies at the expense of the environment and the consumer, and that contributions from the companies often followed.

Fooled Again? Western Grid Is Big Game At End of Session

The stage is being set for another end-of-the-session swindle of the consumer and the environment by some of the same cast of characters who took the state to the cleaners the first time.  

Brown's PUC Overhaul More Cosmetic Than Substance

Will The Legislature Rise to the Ratepayer Challenge Of Reversing Era of Billions In Ripoffs?

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times laid a challenge right at the door step of the California Legislature.  Ivan Penn's article about the billions ratepayers have overpaid for their electricity due to construction that has not proven useful to ratepayers cries out for a legislative fix to restore the doctrine of "used" and "usefulness" for new projects.
 

How Long Can California Go Without An Unplanned Refinery Outage? Enter the Contest

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When refineries go down, gasoline prices go up.  That's why we started the clock on the next "unplanned" refinery outage: the Golden State Gouge-ometer.  You can enter a contest to guess how long refiners can make it between outages this year.

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