The Utility Reform Network

New Accusations Of Corrupt Political Exchange Between PG&E And RegulatorA 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 Wants To Raise Gas Rates By $1 Billion Over 3 YearsPG&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.
KCBS In Depth: San Bruno Mayor On Lessons From Pipeline BlastThree years after the deadly gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes, the city’s mayor is still not satisfied that an incident like the one that devastated his city couldn’t happen again.
PG&E Offers $550 Million To Settle Charges In San Bruno BlastPG&E offered the money as a settlement, but refused to admit that it failed to maintain a safe gas system.
Regulators Determining Who Will Pick Up Tab For PG&E Pipeline UpgradesThe California Public Utilities Commission will decide on Thursday if they will adopt a new plan for repairs and upgrades to gas pipeline system. Their final decision will determine how PG&E shareholders and ratepayers will split the costs.
Mediator Selection In San Bruno Explosion Settlement Talks Draw Mixed ReactionFormer Sen. George Mitchell has been selected by the California Public Utilities Commission to mediate negotiations with PG&E over fines and penalties related to the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno.
PUC To Decide If PG&E Customers Should Pay For Pipe UpgradeThe California Public Utilities Commission is expected to make a decision about whether PG&E customers will have to cover the cost for pipe upgrades, possibly as soon as this week.
KCBS In Depth: Gas Pipeline Safety An interview with Mark Toney with TURN on efforts being made by state regulators and utility companies to ensure pipeline safety in California.
California Regulators Weigh Who Will Pay For Costly PG&E UpgradesPacific Gas and Electric has asked state regulators for permission to pass along to consumers the cost of upgrading its natural gas transmission system to safety standards adopted after the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion.
Lawmaker Claims PG&E Would Profit From Pipeline UpgradeAssemblyman Jerry Hill and a consumer watchdog group want the PUC to intervene in a proposal in which they claim PG&E would profit off of ratepayers for gas line improvements in the wake of the San Bruno explosion.
PG&E To Spend Another $400 Million Upgrading PipelinesPacific Gas and Electric has increased the amount of money it plans to spend on pipeline safety improvements over the next three years from $2.2 billion to $2.6 billion.
ConsumerWatch: Cheap Prison Phone Calls Come With GlitchInmates at California’s state prisons have long complained about the difficulty and expense of making pay phone calls from inside their lockups to their friends, families and lawyers.