Pacific Gas & Electric vows to improve wildfire prevention
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Up to 5 million California customers could temporarily lose power this year in the name of wildfire prevention if regulators approve Pacific Gas & Electric's $2.3 billion...
The Latest: Activists object to PG&E reliance on blackouts
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on PG&E's proposed wildfire prevention plan (all times local):
A consumer advocacy group says it's disappointed with Pacific Gas & Electric's proposed wildfire prevention plan.
The Latest: Utility regulator says pole inspections arduous
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest a U.S. judge's proposals to try to prevent Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. equipment from causing more wildfires (all times local):
California's top utility regulator says it would take as many as 20,000 new workers to inspect every utility pole and wire in the state.
California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker says that won't work, but regulators may turn to drones to monitor the equipment.
California regulators clear way for PG&E bankruptcy filing
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California utility regulators on Monday removed a major hurdle to a planned bankruptcy filing by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. at a raucous, last-minute meeting where protesters repeatedly denounced and spoke over members of the panel.
With protesters booing and shouting, "Shame," four members of the California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to allow PG&E to immediately obtain credit and loans as part of any Chapter 11 filing.
The Latest: Regulators approve PG&E financing measure
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on criticism against hastily announced meeting between California regulators and PG&E (all times local):
California regulators have approved a measure allowing Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. to immediately obtain credit and loans while the company is under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The California Public Utilities Commission approved the motion at a raucous last-minute meeting Monday over the chants of protesters yelling "Shame!"
Panel issues vision for Diablo Canyon decommissioning
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A panel created to develop a strategic vision for decommissioning of California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant wants the process to begin immediately after the Central Coast facility shuts down in the middle of the next decade.
The report Tuesday by the Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel will be sent to Pacific Gas & Electric and the California Public Utilities Commission.
Regulators consider breaking up utility over safety concerns
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators said Friday they are considering splitting up Pacific Gas & Electric Co. or making other drastic changes amid concerns over the utility's role in recent gas explosions and wildfires.
ICYMI: California withdraws ‘text tax’ after FCC ruling
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators have canceled a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones.
The California Public Utilities Commission reversed course after a Federal Communications Commission ruling last week classified text messaging as an information service and not a telecommunications service. The federal Telecommunications Act limits state authority over information services.
California alleges utility falsified pipeline safety records
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Regulators on Friday accused one of California's largest utilities of falsifying safety documents for natural gas pipelines for years following its criminal conviction and multimillion-dollar fine for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people near San Francisco.
The Latest: PG&E says it’s acted to meet pipeline standards
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a California utility accused of falsifying records (all times local):
A spokesman for a California utility accused of falsifying records on natural gas pipelines says the company failed to live up to its commitment of thorough and accurate record-keeping.
California regulators question utility’s safety commitment
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators on Thursday ordered the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. utility to improve its "safety culture" after questioning the safety qualifications of top executives.
The California Public Utilities Commission gave the San Francisco-based company until July 1 to implement 60 recommendations from an independent consultant hired to examine Pacific Gas & Electric's safety practices.
California train agency fined $650,000 for 2 worker deaths
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Regulators fined the San Francisco Bay Area's transit agency $650,000 on Thursday for safety failures that led a commuter train to strike and kill two workers inspecting track five years ago during a union strike.
The California Public Utilities Commission also placed the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency on three years of probation. The commission said the fine would double if BART commits any safety violations during that period.
California commission takes up over-billing by water entity
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A California commission announced it will formally consider whether a private Silicon Valley water company failed to pro-rate bills for years, costing customers millions of dollars.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Southern California electric customers are in line to save $775 million in the coming years after state utility regulators on Thursday approved a settlement stemming from the closure of a nuclear plant.
The California Public Utilities Commission voted to change a 2014 agreement that required utility customers to pay $3.3 billion of the $4.7 billion in estimated costs for closing the San Onofre nuclear plant.
Correction: Gas Pipeline Rejected story
SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a story June 21 about a rejected gas pipeline proposal, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Southern California Edison was involved in the planning. It was Southern California Gas Company.
A corrected version of the story is below:
California regulators reject $639M natural gas pipeline
California regulators have rejected plans to build a 47-mile natural gas pipeline in San Diego County after a judge ruled the $639 million project is unnecessary
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California utilities will invest nearly $768 million to expand a network of charging stations and build other infrastructure for electric vehicles as the state moves toward a goal of 5 million zero-emission cars on the roads by 2030.
The California Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to pay for programs statewide over the next five years, with an emphasis on establishing facilities in disadvantaged communities where traffic and air pollution are often heaviest.
PG&E to pay $97.5M in penalty over deadly blast
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California utility regulators on Thursday fined Pacific Gas and Electric Co. $97.5 million over improper back-channel communications with their own agency following a deadly natural gas pipeline explosion.
The California Public Utilities Commission animously approved the penalty that will require PG&E to pay $6 million each to the cities of San Bruno and San Carlos, and $12 million to the state's general fund, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
California regulators OK closing state’s last nuclear plant
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California utility regulators have approved an agreement to retire the state's last nuclear power plant.
The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to ratify a 2016 deal to mothball the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant at San Luis Obispo.
San Diego utility can’t pass 2007 fire costs onto customers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators rejected a request Thursday from a San Diego utility to force customers to shoulder $379 million in costs from deadly blazes ignited by power lines in 2007 — a decision seen as possibly precedent-setting for cases in which devastating wildfires tore through wine country this fall.
Utility regulators used private lawyers to challenge probe
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California Public Utilities Commission lawyers sought to suppress court-approved search warrants after utility regulators promised they would cooperate with a state criminal investigation, according to a newspaper report.
Regulators adopt new safety rules for Uber, Lyft
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators on Thursday adopted new safety rules for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft that will not require their drivers be fingerprinted as part of background checks, rejecting a push by the taxi industry.
The California Public Utilities Commission in a meeting in San Francisco unanimously voted to approve the safety regulations it proposed last month after a year-long review spearheaded by the taxi industry.
The Latest: Regulators adopt new safety rules for Uber, Lyft
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California regulators adopting new safety rules for Uber, Lyft (all times local):
California regulators have adopted new safety rules for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft that will not require their drivers be fingerprinted as part of background checks, rejecting a push by the taxi industry.
The California Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday during a meeting in San Francisco, officially espousing safety regulations proposed last month.
Nine months after a home on South George Washington Boulevard exploded, the California Public Utilities Commission released its investigation report, finding that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is at fault for the faulty installation of a pipeline.
Utility shares tank after notice on wildfire evidence
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. shares plummeted 10.5 percent Friday, after state regulators directed the company to preserve any evidence of failed poles, conductors or other equipment that might be connected to Northern California wildfires that killed 35 people.
The steep, one-day fall means the value of California's largest utility, or market capitalization, dropped about $3.5 billion, from $33.1 billion to $29.6 billion.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators adopted a stricter rule Thursday that requires utilities to plug leaks in natural gas lines.
The rule adopted by California Public Utilities Commission aims to cut 40 percent of the potent greenhouse gases emitted from leaking pipes and gas distribution systems by 2030.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Regulators say they have fined Pacific Gas and Electric Co. $8.3 million for failing to maintain a power line that sparked a massive blaze in Northern California that destroyed 549 homes and killed two people.
The California Public Utilities Commission said Tuesday it fined PG&E $8 million for poor tree maintenance by PG&E and its contractors and the rest for failing to report one of its power lines may have started the blaze.
- Business WirePG&E Submits Final Report on Gas Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan to CPUCMarch 8, 2019
- Business WirePG&E Submits 2019 Wildfire Safety Plan; With Additional Safety Precautions and Significantly Expanded Public Safety Power Shutoff ProgramFebruary 6, 2019
- BusinessWirePG&E Proposes Critical Investments to Enhance Wildfire Safety and Help Reduce Wildfire RiskDecember 13, 2018
- BusinessWirePG&E Proposes Critical Investments to Enhance Wildfire Safety and Help Reduce Wildfire RiskDecember 13, 2018
$87 million penalty in California utility case
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's biggest utility has agreed to an $86.5 million penalty in an insider-dealing case with state regulators.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and other parties in the negotiated agreement filed terms of the proposed penalty on Wednesday.
PG&E cited $5.45M over natural gas inspections
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators have issued a $5.45 million citation against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. after they say the company used contractors who lacked required qualifications to conduct corrosion inspections on the company's natural gas system.
Congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez called Thursday for a federal takeover of the criminal investigation into the California Public Utilities Commission from her political rival, Attorney General Kamala Harris.
A joint proposal calling for the shutdown of California’s lone remaining nuclear power plant was formally submitted by Pacific Gas & Electric on Thursday morning to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
State officials open penalty case against SCE for Long Beach outage that left thousands in dark
The chairman of the state Assembly committee that oversees the troubled California Public Utilities Commission said reforms he hammered out with Gov. Jerry Brown will go a long way toward rebuilding the agency’s reputation.