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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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Interview: CPUC Might Take “Immediate Action” After PG&E Document Dump Tomorrow

March 14, 2011 | 2:42 pm

Interview: CPUC Might Take “Immediate Action” After PG&E Document Dump Tomorrow

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Tomorrow is the deadline for PG&E to submit documentation on its network of gas pipes. The California Public Utilities Commission ordered the company to verify the safety of the pipeline after investigators found that PG&E’s records erroneously showed the pipe segment that exploded in the San Bruno disaster as seamless, when in fact it contained […]

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March 10, 2011 | 12:39 pm

CPUC Wants PG&E to Set Up SmartMeter Opt-Out

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Update 3:56 p.m. KQED’s Stephanie Martin talked to PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno about the CPUC’s request for a SmartMeter opt-out. The upshot: Sounds like PG&E will file an opt-out proposal by the CPUC’s prescribed deadline. But what that proposal will consist of — the company is not yet saying. Update 1:35 p.m. Statement from PG&E […]

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Morning Splash: The Big Storm; Guv Confronts GOP; MUNI Safety Violations; PUC Shenanigans?

February 25, 2011 | 7:48 am

Morning Splash: The Big Storm; Guv Confronts GOP; MUNI Safety Violations; PUC Shenanigans?

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‘Coldest storm of season’ hits Bay Area; snowball fights in San Jose still possible (San Jose Mercury News) The Alaska cold front that is threatening to bring snow to San Jose for the first time since 1976 is making its way through Northern California this morning and is expected to reach the South Bay later […]

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February 2, 2011 | 6:34 pm

CPUC Orders PG&E to Cut Pressure on Four More Gas Pipelines

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KQED’s Cy Musiker talked to CPUC’s Executive Director Paul Clanon about its order to reduce pressure on four more gas pipelines, as well as about PG&E’s monumental review of pipeline records. Listen here: Dow Jones also has the story.

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