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Lawyer Who Stepped Down From San Bruno Case Cites ‘Unlawful Recommendations’ by CPUC

June 6, 2013 | 12:02 pm

Lawyer Who Stepped Down From San Bruno Case Cites ‘Unlawful Recommendations’ by CPUC

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by Jon Brooks and Laird Harrison Robert Cagen, a California Public Utilities Commission lawyer who was working on the penalty case against PG&E relating to the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, emailed KQED’s Peter Jon Shuler today with the following: “I personally could not continue working on the San Bruno penalty briefs because I concluded […]

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CPUC Legal Team Removed from San Bruno Fire Investigation

June 5, 2013 | 3:38 pm

CPUC Legal Team Removed from San Bruno Fire Investigation

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Update Jun 6: A CPUC lawyer who says he was working on the penalty case against PG&E emailed KQED’s Peter Jon Shuler that “he could not personally continue working on the San Bruno penalty briefs because I concluded that the CPSD recommendations that were to be made in the briefs were unlawful and contrary to […]

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PG&E Rates Will Increase to Pay $299 Million for Pipeline Improvements

December 20, 2012 | 12:10 pm

PG&E Rates Will Increase to Pay $299 Million for Pipeline Improvements

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. rates are set to increase by $299 million to help pay for pipeline inspection and upgrade costs in the wake of the fatal 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay area suburb. The state Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved the rate increase on Thursday. […]

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CPUC Approves SmartMeter Opt-Out Plan

February 1, 2012 | 11:49 am

CPUC Approves SmartMeter Opt-Out Plan

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California regulators say Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can start charging its customers fees to avoid having wireless utility meters installed in their homes. Four members of the California Public Utilities Commission approved a proposal Wednesday that allows PG&E to charge residential customers an initial fee of $75, and a monthly fee of $10 to […]

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Embattled PG&E President Resigns

April 21, 2011 | 4:33 pm

Embattled PG&E President Resigns

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PG&E announced Thursday that CEO and President Peter A. Darbee will retire at the end of April, seven months after one of the utility’s natural gas pipelines exploded in San Bruno, killing eight people. Long-time board member Lee Cox will take over his duties until the board can appoint someone else. Cox is the retired […]

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April 14, 2011 | 9:16 am

Live: CPUC Commission Meeting Public Comment Period

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The California Public Utilities Commission is meeting right now, with 84 items on the agenda. The public comment period at these meetings are pretty remarkable these days, and this one’s no exception, as person after person is making their way to the lectern to rip into the commission on any number of issues: San Bruno, […]

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April 5, 2011 | 9:45 am

Video: Muni Train Runs With Door Open (With Guest Appearance by Supervisor Scott Wiener)

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On the one hand, an open door on an in-motion Muni car would seem to represent a major safety hazard; on the other, maybe an open-door policy would improve on-time performance, as passengers just tumble off at their destination. The following incident occurred on an L-train outbound, according to Alex Merenkov, who recorded and posted […]

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Morning Splash: DA Harris Says CPUC’s PG&E Fine Too Small; Gov Expected to Lift Drought

March 29, 2011 | 7:50 am

Morning Splash: DA Harris Says CPUC’s PG&E Fine Too Small; Gov Expected to Lift Drought

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Kamala Harris’ office calls for tougher PG&E fine (SF Chronicle) California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office urged state regulators Monday to toughen a $3 million settlement they reached with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. over its failure to vouch for the strength of gas transmission pipelines that run through populated areas. “We seriously question if […]

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CPUC Proposes Fining PG&E $3 Million for Incomplete Pipeline Documentation

March 24, 2011 | 2:28 pm

CPUC Proposes Fining PG&E $3 Million for Incomplete Pipeline Documentation

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The CPUC today proposed fining PG&E $3 million for being out of compliance with its order to justify the pressure levels on older, untested segments of its gas pipeline. An additional $3 million fine would be held in suspension, pending PG&E coming into full compliance with the order. PG&E spokesperson Terrie Prosper said that the […]

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Interview: CPUC Executive Director Slams PG&E Documentation Filing, Calling it “Amazing”

March 17, 2011 | 1:14 pm

Interview: CPUC Executive Director Slams PG&E Documentation Filing, Calling it “Amazing”

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On Tuesday, PG&E made a filing with the California Public Utilities Commission that was supposed to provide documentation justifying pressure levels on untested segments of its gas pipeline. The order stemmed from the NTSB’s discovery that the company’s documentation related to the exploded section of pipe in San Bruno incorrectly showed the pipe as seamless, […]

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