California Agencies to Boycott Most Gasoline-Powered Vehicles

Regulatory agencies across California have been ordered to stop buying gasoline-fueled vehicles from several major automakers that have joined the Trump administration’s opposition to the state’s stricter transportation emissions rules.

November 19, 2019

Political Temperatures Rise as California Wildfires Subside

As California’s three-week streak of preventive power shutoffs and serious wildfires calmed down over the weekend, the political rhetoric and regulatory pushback accelerated, resulting in the naming of a temporary statewide energy czar and Gov. Gavin Newsom calling for a public sector takeover of bankruptcy-mired Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E).

November 5, 2019

California Resources CEO Says Tighter Oversight Unlikely to Usurp Production

The CEO of California Resources Corp. (CRC), the state’s largest independent, said Gov. Gavin Newsom may push for more oversight of the oil and gas industry, but more stringent rules unlikely would be onerous.

August 2, 2019

California Wildfire Legislation, Regulatory Reform Said Near

While drawing short of eliminating the state’s strict liability legal doctrine, California Gov. Gavin Newsom last Friday made clear a legislative package and state regulatory reform are coming this year.

June 24, 2019

Advent of California Wildfire Season Spurring Legislative, Regulatory Action

The onset of another wildfire season in California is spurring activity in legislative, regulatory and judicial hearing rooms.

April 26, 2019

California Governor Says PG&E ‘Strike Team’ Planned

Bankruptcy-bound Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) didn’t do enough to head off its alleged liability for a series of wildfires, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday during a one-hour state-of-the-state address, during which he said a “strike team” has been assigned to work with the utility on developing a mitigation plan.

February 12, 2019

California Governor Makes Energy-Related Appointments

California Gov. Gavin Newsom filled eight energy-related regulatory appointments on Tuesday, including three positions on a new wildfire cost recovery panel.

January 25, 2019
California Officials Focused on PG&E’s Fire Liabilities

California Officials Focused on PG&E’s Fire Liabilities

The dire circumstances surrounding California’s largest energy utility stemming from multi-billion dollar wildfire liabilities continue to consume the attention of the state’s leaders, driving political, financial and regulatory concerns to a fever pitch as the new year gets into full swing.

January 11, 2019
Three West Coast Governors Ask for Double Federal Fire Funds as Trump Announces Cuts

Three West Coast Governors Ask for Double Federal Fire Funds as Trump Announces Cuts

Taking over a state ravaged by wildfires, California’s new Gov. Gavin Newsom spent his first full day on the job Tuesday addressing stepped-up fire prevention, including joining his counterparts in Oregon and Washington state in asking the Trump administration to double its spending on federal forestlands maintenance.

January 10, 2019
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