SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — 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.
Peevey said in a statement that he will not seek reappointment to the commission when his term ends at the end of this year.READ MORE: Despite Fines, Pleasant Hill In-N-Out Remains Defiant Over Customer Vaccine Verifications
“Twelve years as president is enough,” Peevey said. “The governor, of course, will make a decision as to my successor in due time.”
Peevey said he had initially planned to make the announcement at the CPUC’s regularly scheduled meeting next Thursday, but moved it up to today.
The announcement came on the same day that state Sen. Jerry Hill proposed having the state Legislature remove Peevey from office over the allegations regarding PG&E.
“Californians should rejoice knowing that the PUC will now be able to turn over a new leaf and fulfill their mission of serving the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring safe, reliable and affordable utility service,” said Hill in a statement issued after the announcement. “I’m confident that the Governor will appoint a new PUC president and new commissioner who will provide the public with exceptional service and moral standards beyond reproach. ”