California ALJ Proposes Ex Parte Penalty Against SoCal Edison

Alleging a breach of the ethics rules, a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulatory judge on Monday proposed a $16.7 million penalty for ex parte communications violations against Southern California Edison Co. (SCE).

October 29, 2015

SoCal Edison Disputes Ex Parte Violations Cited by CPUC Judge

Edison International’s Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) on Friday disputed a state regulatory judge’s ruling on 10 alleged ex parte violations by the utility, contending that only one of the violations was a reportable communication under current state regulatory rules. No large penalty or sanction should he imposed, SCE argued.

August 25, 2015

Legislative Reforms For CPUC Urged at Hearing on Ex Parte Scandal

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Wednesday held an unprecedented public hearing on reforming the five-member regulatory panel’s inner workings, but much of the feedback it received pointed toward proposed legislative reforms.

August 14, 2015

Second California Utility Accused of Ex Parte Violations With Regulators

A regulatory commission judge in California on Wednesday issued a ruling accusing a second major utility, Edison International’s Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), of up to 10 unreported ex parte communications over a 15-month period. It could result in up to nearly $34 million in fines for the utility.

August 6, 2015

Report Slams California Regulators For Ex Parte Conduct

Decision-makers at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) have abused limits on their private communications with the companies they oversee to the advantage of the state’s major energy and other utilities, according to an independent report released Monday.

June 25, 2015

Bombshells Drop in California Regulatory Scandals

Calls for change at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) grew louder at a state Senate hearing Wednesday during which outside experts called for reforms and a consumer attorney exposed alleged ex parte communications violations dating back more than a decade.

March 12, 2015

Ex Parte Scandal Expands, Continues to Plague PG&E

More concerns about ongoing relationships between regulators and the companies they oversee continue to swirl in California where some state energy officials increasingly are being criticized for being too cozy with the energy industry. Regulators and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) still can’t silence the critics, and the issue is spreading to other utilities and the oil/natural gas sector in the state.

February 12, 2015

PG&E Faces Penalties, Restrictions Following Ex Parte Violations

California regulators on Thursday dropped another hammer on Pacific Gas and Electric Co.(PG&E) for its self-reported communications violations regarding a pending rate case. Separately, the regulators in executive session slapped a $10.85 million staff citation on PG&E for a natural gas explosion at a vacant residence in Carmel, CA, in March.

November 21, 2014

PG&E Gas Matters in Limbo After Email Scandal

Two billion-dollar state regulatory cases crucial to Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s (PG&E) future natural gas operations are in limbo following the recent email-driven communications violations scandal involving the combination utility and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) (see Daily GPI, Sept. 16).

October 31, 2014

PG&E, Consumer Group Spar Over Emails at Rate Hearing

A utility consumer watchdog group won a partial victory Monday in its attempt to hold up an ongoing Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) natural gas pipeline and storage rate case until the utility turns over more of the emails it has revealed over the past four weeks showing communications violations with state regulators, some of which were centered on the gas case.

October 21, 2014
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