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  • Paradise Lost: California to Provide Free Cell Phones for Homeless

    12/10/2012 3:09:05 PM PST · by drewh · 56 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government, ^ | 10 Dec 2012, 11:20 AM
    In California, the unemployment rate may be above 10.2%, and the state debt may be above $16 billion, the state’s GDP may be in serious trouble and businesses may be leaving in droves due to ever-increasing tax rates, but that isn’t going to stop the gravy train for the state’s poor and dispossessed. The California Public Utilities Commission is all set to greenlight a new program that would give homeless and low-income people free cell phones – call them Obamaphones – with free service. The idea is to help them reach out to possible job opportunities and stay connected with...
  • California urged to assess energy reform

    12/04/2012 10:22:40 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/3/12 | David R. Baker
    California officials need to add up the costs of all the state's clean-energy policies before adopting any more, according to a report issued Monday by a government oversight agency. The state has adopted a series of far-reaching energy reforms - boosting the use of renewable power and reining in greenhouse gases - without considering how each policy affects the others, the Little Hoover Commission argues in the report. Even worse, state officials have no clear idea how much all of those reforms, taken together, will cost. Californians could soon face a "rate impact bomb" of exploding electricity prices as a...
  • StopSmartMeter Press Release

    01/31/2012 11:30:19 AM PST · by Libertynotfree · 5 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Jan31,2012 | Libertynotfree
    CPUC TO VOTE WED. ON FLAWED SMART METER OPT-OUT POLICY Critics say Extortionate Fees are Illegal; Entire Program Should be Scrapped San Francisco -- The California Public Utilities Commission—whose members are appointed by the Governor, not elected by the people—is set to vote on a plan this Wednesday to charge Californians hundreds of dollars per year simply to retain standard electric and gas analog meters on their homes.
  • PUC adopts CleanPowerSF program of all-green power

    12/14/2011 8:36:48 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/14/11 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnist
    San Francisco residents may soon have a chance to power their homes and businesses with "100 percent" certified green energy. But it won't come cheap. Under the CleanPowerSF program adopted Tuesday by the city's Public Utilities Commission on a 4-0 vote, San Francisco's 330,000 utility customers would be able to get all their power from wind, solar and other renewable sources, starting as early as July 1. On the downside, typical residential customers would also see their bills rise - at least in the short run - by anywhere from $7 to $54.50 a month, depending on their usage. That's...
  • Rich soak up solar subsidies (CPUC at its subsidy finest, a pittance to the poor)

    10/30/2011 9:37:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | 10/30/11 | Dan Morain
    The sun shines on the beachfront mansions of Malibu and La Jolla, just as it does on Compton and Barrio Logan in San Diego. ... But based on how California policymakers dole out valuable subsidies for solar panels placed on the residential roofs, the poorest parts of our sunny state might as well be on the dark side of the moon. California is in the midst of by far the nation's most ambitious program to convert to solar energy, one that began in 2006 when then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared that during the next decade, the state would place solar...
  • CA: Utilities' renewable energy pacts expensive

    02/19/2011 2:09:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 2/19/11 | David R. Baker
    Since 2002, California's utilities have committed to spend about $6 billion more on renewable power contracts than they would have paid to buy the electricity from new power plants burning natural gas, .. The report, from a division of the California Public Utilities Commission, examines the costs of a state law that required the utilities to get 20 percent of their power from renewable sources such as the sun and the wind by the end of 2010. Since the law was passed, 59 percent of the contracts the utilities have signed with renewable power developers have been more expensive than...
  • CPUC Foundation to raise money from utilities

    01/26/2011 8:17:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/26/11 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    The California Public Utilities Commission is running a bit short on cash, so it has blessed the creation of a foundation to solicit money from the very companies it is supposed to be keeping an eye on. The idea behind the CPUC Foundation is to have a pool of money to reward deserving staffers, host foreign guests and generally brush up the commission's image - in other words, to pay for activities not covered by agency coffers. Organizers plan to kick off the fundraising with a big dinner Thursday night coinciding with the commission's 100th anniversary. Companies buying $20,000 tables...
  • PG&E had received OK to repair pipeline near San Bruno, but work was never done

    09/15/2010 4:52:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/15/10 | Marc Lifsher
    State regulators in 2007 gave Pacific Gas and Electric Co. the go-ahead to spend $5 million of ratepayer money to replace a 62-year-old section of the same pipeline that exploded last week in San Bruno. But the work never got done as scheduled in 2009, and this year the utility asked for another $5 million to do the same job by 2013, according to documents submitted by PG&E to the California Public Utility Commission as part of a general rate-hike request. While the cause of the pipeline explosion has yet to be determined, experts say that in general older lines...
  • Choice of power in S.F. likely to raise costs

    06/07/2010 7:40:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 21+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/7/10 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Even as Californians head to the polls to decide Tuesday whether cities will need two-thirds voter approval to get into the public power business, San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission is scrambling to unveil its own green energy proposal. Commission staffers are trying to work out a deal by Tuesday with Power Choice LLC, the consortium the PUC selected to deliver green power. Even if they succeed, one thing is becoming clear, those close to the talks tell us - customers will be paying considerably more than what they fork over now to PG&E. The Board of Supervisors has threatened to...
  • CA: Still a rotten idea - Don't soak ratepayers for energy think tank

    08/18/2008 11:15:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 270+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/18/08 | Editorial
    In April, when Public Utilities Commission Chairman Michael Peevey persuaded the PUC board to back his plan to use $600 million generated by a 10-year surcharge on some energy bills to create a PUC-run global warming think tank, the response was far chillier than he probably expected. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was enthusiastic, but he was practically alone. Experts on utility law questioned whether it would be legal for an agency created to regulate utilities to force ratepayers to subsidize an agency think tank. Consumer groups such as The Utilities Reform Network questioned the fairness of imposing an additional de facto...
  • CA: Greenhouse gas institute slips under the radar

    08/14/2008 9:27:10 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 291+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 8/14/08 | Anthony York and John Howard
    A publicly funded, world-class research institute that would develop answers to the threat posed by climate-changing greenhouse gases is being crafted in the Legislature, and is among the last-minute proposals expected to come before the Legislature in the closing days of this year's legislative session. The plan differs sharply from the original blueprint proposed by California's top utilities regulator, state Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey. Legislation encompassing the new, estimated $87 million-a-year plan is likely to be completed within a few days. At time when public attention is focused on California's $15.2 billion budget shortage, the proposed California Institute...
  • CA: Obscure veto threatens $3 billion loss to state from power settlements (EOB veto boo-boo?)

    06/12/2008 2:34:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 151+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 6/12/08 | John Howard
    When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used his veto power to eliminate the obscure Electricity Oversight Board, he put at risk $3 billion in state funds – money due the state from settlements with power merchants who victimized California during the electricity crisis. The governor’s 2007 action removing the EOB also means oversight over the state’s electricity grid is likely to be placed under the control of the PUC, which would entail a significant expansion of the authority of the Public Utilities Commission. This maneuvering comes amid an intensifying power clash between the Legislature and the Public Utilities Commission, led by president...
  • Californians' power bills to bankroll climate institute

    04/11/2008 9:45:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 61+ views
    InsideBayArea.com ^ | 4/11/08 | Janis Mara
    Are you willing to pay 12 to 30 cents more a month on your utility bill for an institute coordinating energy and climate change technology research across the state? Actually, you don't have a choice. The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday unanimously approved the $600 million California Institute for Climate Solutions, which will be paid for by money from ratepayers' monthly electric bills, to the tune of $60 million a year. The institute aims to speed up research into cutting greenhouse gas emissions, such as auto exhaust, that contribute to pollution. This work is already under way at laboratories...
  • California to be home to $600 million global warming research center (5-0 PUC vote)

    04/10/2008 5:29:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies · 90+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 4/10/08 | Matt Nauman
    California will establish a high-profile, $600 million research center to devise solutions for global warming, the Public Utilities Commission decided in a 5-0 vote Thursday. The California Institute for Climate Solutions will have a $60 million budget each year for 10 years. The money will come from ratepayers of the state's major utilities, including Pacific Gas & Electric, which serves much of Northern California. The new institute, which will seek matching funds to expand its reach, will administer research grants; work to transfer technologies to commercial businesses; and develop a related workforce for these companies. Undecided is where the new...
  • California CPUC - C(K)eep Public Uninformed Commission

    01/26/2007 9:04:12 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 8 replies · 433+ views
    The Pasadena Pundit ^ | January 25, 2007 | Wayne Lusvardi
    California's CPUC - C(K)eep Public Uninformed Commission Imagine if newspaper headlines told the truth instead of serving to cover the actions of government. Consider the recent Associated Press headline and story "State Regulators Vote to Ban Utilities from Buying Dirty Power" (see here: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/01/26/america/NA-GEN-US-Dirty-Power.php). What if this headline ran instead something like this: "STATE REGULATORS BLOCKAGE CHEAP IMPORTED POWER - VIOLATE INTERSTATE COMMERCE CLAUSE." First of all, not all energy from coal-fired power plants is dirty. A small percentage of coal-fired power plants, including the Intermountain Power Plant which serves Los Angeles, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Anaheim, and Riverside are unusually...
  • State regulators vote to ban utilities from buying dirty power

    01/25/2007 12:25:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 129 replies · 3,034+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/25/7 | TERENCE CHEA
    San Francisco -- California utility regulators approved rules Thursday banning power companies from buying electricity from high-polluting energy sources, including most out-of-state coal plants, to curb emissions of heat-trapping gases linked to global warming. The Public Utilities Commission voted 4-0 to adopt the "greenhouse gas emissions performance standard," which will prohibit utilities and other energy providers from entering long-term contracts with sources that emit more carbon dioxide than a modern natural gas plant.
  • CA: California air quality agency sues state utility officials (SCQAMD sues CPUC over LNG usage)

    01/24/2007 1:58:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 429+ views
    The South Coast Air Quality Management District sued state public utility officials, claiming the liquefied natural gas that officials approved for use in California could worsen air pollution. Energy providers plan to spend about $3 billion on the construction of seven natural gas terminals on the coast of California and Baja in Mexico. The air-quality agency alleges that natural gas could set back progress toward clean air. The lawsuits were filed with the California appeals court and the state Supreme Court. The California Public Utilities Commission has approved a standard that will allow oil companies and other energy providers to...
  • CA: Appeals court orders feds to revisit energy-market manipulation (9th Circus)

    08/02/2006 12:31:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 451+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/2/06 | David Kravets - ap
    A federal appeals court ordered energy regulators Wednesday to consider ordering stiffer penalties for power companies that manipulated the market and caused blackouts during the 2000-2001 energy crisis. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's 2003 handling of some of the fallout from California's energy crisis was "arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion." The state has sought reimbursement for an estimated $8 billion to $10 billion paid by consumers and businesses for overpriced power. FERC ordered energy companies, including several subsidiaries of bankrupt Enron Corp., to pay about $3 billion for market manipulation....
  • CA: PUC Eyes Emissions Limits for Utilities

    02/17/2006 7:11:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 284+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/17/06 | Bloomberg News
    Edison International, PG&E Corp. and other suppliers of electricity in California will be required by state regulators to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. Power companies in the most populous state will face a cap intended to bring emissions down, possibly to 1990 levels, according to a measure approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said last year that he wanted the state to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The state would be the first to regulate emissions by electricity providers. "It's a very positive first step in the right direction," said Dan Kalb, the California...
  • Gov.'s Gift to PUC Official Questioned (We recalled Davis over stuff like this)

    02/03/2006 8:30:39 AM PST · by ElkGroveDan · 33 replies · 480+ views
    LA Times ^ | February 3, 2006 | Dan Morain and Robert Salladay
    Schwarzenegger gave Susan Kennedy $25,000 after he received that amount from AT&T. Days later, she voted to OK its merger with SBC. SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger paid thousands of dollars in campaign money to a California Public Utilities commissioner three weeks after receiving contributions in the same amount from a company the commissioner regulated. Susan P. Kennedy, now the governor's chief of staff, received $25,000 from his campaign account 21 days after AT&T donated $25,000 to the fund.
  • California Utilities Commission Approves Costly Solar Plan

    02/02/2006 1:48:15 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 10 replies · 318+ views
    The Heartland Institute ^ | February 1, 2006 | James M. Taylor
    California citizens will pay at least $3.2 billion over the next 11 years to finance a costly solar energy initiative rejected by the state's legislature in fall 2005 but implemented by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on December 13. Observers quickly derided CPUC's decision, the California Solar Initiative, as demonstrating deliberate disregard for the state's democratic processes. Initiative Mirrors Failed Bill CPUC's California Solar Initiative is virtually identical to S.B. 1, the Million Solar Roofs proposal that was supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) but died in the state assembly in September 2005. S.B. 1 aimed to place solar...
  • CA: "It's Official!" CPUC Approves $3.2 Billion Solar Program

    01/12/2006 7:19:11 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 83 replies · 820+ views
    Environment California
    For Immediate Release: 1/12/2006 For More Information: Contact Bernadette Del Chiaro (916) 446-8062 x 103 "It's Official!" CPUC Approves $3.2 Billion Solar Program Landmark Vote Creates Nation’s Largest Solar Roofs Program and Puts California on Pace to Become a World Solar Power Leader SAN FRANCISCO—Today, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the California Solar Initiative (CSI), committing a combined $3.2 billion in incentive funds to drive consumers toward solar power over the next 11 years. The CSI, modeled largely on the Million Solar Roofs bill that ran aground in the state Legislature last year, is designed to provide rebates...
  • Ariz. mine closure throws Indians out of work

    01/01/2006 12:28:36 PM PST · by bkwells · 56 replies · 1,132+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 1/1/2006 | John M. Broder
    BLACK MESA, Ariz. – The gigantic earthmoving crane sits idle, stilled by a legal, cultural and environmental dispute playing out far from the rich vein of coal beneath the desert of remote northeastern Arizona. Some welcome the idling of the crane, calling it a symbol of the rape of the land and precious water below. Others, mostly American Indians who have come to depend on the high-paying jobs at the mine, are furious. For 35 years, the Black Mesa Mine has produced coal for a power plant in southern Nevada. But the plant suspended operations at the end of December,...
  • Nevada power plant to close after dispute

    12/30/2005 8:01:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 90 replies · 1,526+ views
    AP ^ | 12/30/5
    LAUGHLIN, Nev. - A large coal-fired power plant will close at the end of the year rather than violate a court-ordered deadline to install an estimated $1.1 billion in pollution-control measures. Southern California Edison said Thursday the Mohave Generating Station, at the center of an environmental dispute several years ago, would close. The plant has provided the utility with 7 percent of its electricity, but the company said its 13 million customers would not be immediately affected because of other power sources. Under a 1999 consent decree won by environmental groups, the aging Mohave plant was required to upgrade its...
  • (Cal PUC)Ruling may pull plug on peak power plan

    03/30/2005 3:25:32 PM PST · by Robert357 · 6 replies · 477+ views
    The San Diego Union Tribune ^ | March 30, 2005 | Craig D. Rose
    A controversial plan to slap sky-high electric rates on large power consumers to encourage energy conservation during key times this summer should be postponed, an administrative law judge has ruled. The California Public Utilities Commission judge reviewing so-called critical peak pricing plans from San Diego Gas & Electric and two other large utilities concluded there was insufficient time to implement the programs this summer. The judge, Michelle Cooke, instead suggests considering similar plans for next year or 2007 as part of a comprehensive rate redesign. At the earlier urging of the commission, SDG&E had presented a proposal to triple rates...
  • Calif. Cites 60 Energy Firms in Report

    03/03/2003 5:31:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 262+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/3/03 | Leonard Anderson
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California, armed with what it calls hard, new evidence of rampant power market manipulation, handed federal regulators on Monday the names of about 60 energy companies it alleges were behind the state's 2000-2001 energy crisis. Loretta Lynch, a member of the California Public Utilities Commission, told Reuters a 1,000-page final report on the crisis filed Monday at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission names "almost 60 companies that participated in gaming our energy market." The crisis, triggered by a badly flawed attempt to open the electric industry to competition, cost California billions of dollars, bankrupted the state's...
  • Getting off the grid; State buildings (CPUC!!) experiment with on-site power systems

    02/19/2003 1:38:05 PM PST · by Robert357 · 26 replies · 432+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 19, 2003 | Dan Levy, Chronicle Staff Writer
    ....With memories still fresh from the energy crisis that sent California's electricity prices soaring, commercial landlords are beginning to install on- site power systems, known as distributive generation, as a way to lessen dependency on the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. grid. .....The state of California could end up running the most influential experiment with on-site power, with tens of millions of square feet of office space potentially using the technology. So far, the state has installed pilot systems in the state office building on Golden Gate Avenue, the Public Utilities Commission headquarters on Van Ness Avenue and the Elihu...
  • California Power Grid Body Upholds Duke's Claim, Questions Report on Outages

    10/29/2002 4:01:36 AM PST · by snopercod · 11 replies · 297+ views
    Dow Jones Business News via Yahoo ^ | October 28, 2002 | Andrew Dowell
    NEW YORK -- The organization that runs California's electricity transmission system has substantiated Duke Energy Corp.'s claim that all of its generating capacity in the state was producing power, providing other services or unavailable because of predisclosed outages on May 8, 2001, undermining a charge that Duke kept capacity off line that day even as some customers had their power cut.The California Independent System Operator, in an analysis undertaken at the request of a state senator and released late Friday, also raised broader questions about the report by the California Public Utilities Commission, which concluded last month that most of...
  • California: Dynegy Denies CPUC Lynch Report On Role in Pwr Outages

    10/04/2002 4:24:45 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 208+ views
    Yahoo via Dow jones ^ | Friday October 4, 1:17 pm ET | Dow Jones staff
    LOS ANGELES -(Dow Jones)- Dynegy, Inc. (NYSE:DYN - News) Friday posted a response on its Web site denying charges by California's top energy regulator that it and five other energy firms could have prevented most of the state's power blackouts and service interruptions in 2000-2001. ADVERTISEMENT "After a thorough review of its own data and data from the California Independent System Operator (ISO), Dynegy concludes that generation capacity controlled by the company was offered or available to the ISO," the company said. The Sept. 17 report, released by California Public Utilities Commission President Loretta Lynch, said the companies failed to...
  • AES: Role In Calif Power Market Misrepresented By CPUC Report

    10/02/2002 4:44:15 AM PDT · by snopercod · 13 replies · 376+ views
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | October 1, 2002 | Jessica Berthold
    LOS ANGELES -(Dow Jones)- AES Corp's role in the California power market was mischaracterized in a report by state regulators that said energy firms failed to generate available power during blackouts, the company said in a response to the report seen by Dow Jones Newswires. AES owns and operates three power plants from which it has agreed to sell all the energy to the Williams Companies . The contract price of power isn't affected by the real-time market price, and AES generates power only when told to do so by Williams, AES said. "For those reasons, it also is a...
  • A3 CREDIT RATING TO CAL DWR POWER SUPPLY REVENUE BONDS (What it takes to buy a good bond rating!)

    09/27/2002 9:48:00 AM PDT · by Robert357 · 24 replies · 490+ views
    Moody's Investors Service ^ | September 27, 2002 | Dan Aschenbach, Raymond Murphy, Renee Boicourt
    CALIFORNIA DWR WILL ISSUE $11.9 BILLION TO FUND PAST ENERGY PURCHASES Moody's has assigned the credit rating of A3 to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Power Supply Revenue Bonds. The state DWR expects to issue in October 2002 approximately $11.9 billion of revenue bonds including $5.9 billion of fixed rate bonds and an expected $6 billion of floating rate bonds. The bonds are secured by charges to be paid by customers of the state's three investor-owned utilities. The charges are paid as part of the customers' regular electric bill based on electricity usage and the revenue is passed...