Embattled Ex-CPUC Chief Michael Peevey To Be Honored For ‘Lifetime Of Service’ At San Francisco Dinner
Amid accusations of being too cozy with the power companies he regulated, former California Public Utilities Commission president Michael Peevey will be the guest of honor at a dinner in San Francisco on Thursday.
The California Public Utilities Commission Friday released roughly 65,000 email messages exchanged between PG&E Co. and agency officials between 2010 and 2014 as ordered because of a “judge shopping” scandal with PG&E, CPUC officials said.
The city claims that several sets of previously released emails show a “cozy and improper” relationship between PG&E and the CPUC.
The embattled president mentioned a long list of accomplishments during his tenure, but failed to address the San Bruno pipeline explosion and backdoor dealings with PG&E.
The decision stems from the disclosure of several private emails earlier this year between a PG&E executive and CPUC officials in a case over utility rates.
A consumer-advocacy group says one of the recently-released emails between PG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission shows the commission’s president pushed a backroom deal to award PG&E millions in unearned energy efficiency incentives.
PG&E has asked the California Public Utilities Commission to allow it to raise natural gas rates by $1 billion over three years, but a ratepayer’s advocacy group is trying to prevent them from doing so.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has opened an investigation into the state public utilities commission.
CPUC President Peevey Won’t Seek Reappointment At End Of Term Amid Flap Over Inappropriate PG&E Emails
California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey announced Thursday that he will not seek reappointment to a new term amid criticism over inappropriate email exchanges between CPUC and PG&E over regulatory proceedings.
PG&E released a second batch of private emails between its staff and the California Public Utilities Commission Monday and said it believes both sets of messages violated commission rules.