California Public Utilities Commission News

Complaint from Whistleblower Targets California Utility Regulator

The former chief administrative law judge at California’s powerful utility regulator said this week she was fired for cooperating with investigators looking into collusion between regulators and executives from Pacific Gas & Electric. Karen Valentia Clopton announced that she’s filing …

California Officials Clear Way for Reopening of Gas Field That Made L.A. Residents Sick

The planned reopening of a massive Los Angeles natural gas storage facility that spewed methane for months has only renewed the fight over its future. California state officials this week cleared the way for resumption at reduced capacity in the …

California Regulators Reopening Settlement over San Onofre Nuke Plant

California regulators said this week they will re-examine a settlement that made consumers responsible for covering some $3.3 billion in costs for closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The Public Utilities Commission said parties involved in the case can …

California Public Utilities Commission Oks New Ridesharing Regulations

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved new regulations for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft, including where identifying logos should go and stricter vehicle inspections. The San Francisco Examiner reported that the companies will now need to open their …

Registration of California Tour Bus That Crashed Questioned

California regulators are investigating whether a double-decker tour bus that crashed and injured 20 in San Francisco was properly registered with state authorities. The California Public Utilities Commission said this week that the bus involved in the weekend accident appears …

California Regulators Consider Investigation of PG&E Safety Culture

California utility regulators are considering an investigation into the safety culture and governance of PG&E Corp., citing persistent lapses in company oversight. If approved, the California Public Utilities Commission would investigate the “organizational culture, governance and operations” at PG&E to …

California Judge Fines Uber $7.3 M, and Suspends Service

Uber has been fined $7.3 million for refusing to give California regulators information about the ride-hailing company’s business practices, including accident details and how accessible vehicles are to disabled riders. The decision, handed down by chief administrative law judge Karen …

California Regulators Order PG&E to Pay $1.6B for Deadly Gas Blast

California regulators imposed the largest penalty in the agency’s history, ordering PG&E Corp. to pay $1.6 billion for failures that led to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb. A faulty weld on the pipeline …

California Regulator: Utility Too Big to be Safe

Repeated natural-gas accidents – including a 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people – suggest that California’s largest power utility could be too big to operate safely, the state’s top utility regulator says. California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker …

California Commission Fines PG&E $530K For Safety Violations

The California Public Utilities Commission has fined Pacific Gas & Electric $530,000 for safety violations it says it found during audits that began in 2012. The commission says in a Friday statement that the fines include $430,000 for failing to …