SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— 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 the utility tens of millions of dollars in exchange for political contributions.
The Utility Reform Network (TURN), the advocacy group, filed a petition with the CPUC on Wednesday, demanding the case from 2010 be reopened based on what they call “startling and disturbing” new facts.READ MORE: Oakland City Council Votes to Defund Police, Stripping More Than $17M from Department Budget
According to Mark Toney, TURN’s executive director, the email involves former PG&E vice President Brian Cherry and CPUC President Michael Peevey. In it he alleges they discuss exchanging $26 million for energy efficiency incentives for PG&E to make a $3 million contribution on a ballot initiative.
Toney said after PG&E donated to the No on Prop. 23 campaign, Peevey then proposed granting the utility $29 million in unearned energy efficiency incentives.READ MORE: 165 Pounds Of Fireworks Seized, Man Arrested In Oakland Crackdown
TURN’s legal director Thomas Long said the petition filed with the CPUC demands that the case be re-heard.
“The 2010 decision reeks of corruption. It should not be allowed to stand,” Long said.
In addition, he wants the money to be refunded to rate payers.MORE NEWS: Menlo Park Fire Chief: Time Is Short in Search for Survivors of Florida Condo Collapse
CPUC has not returned KCBS’ request for a response.