Unrest

PG&E Utility Loses Two Executives

In the midst of intense consumer and regulatory unrest, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) acknowledged Thursday that it will be replacing two of its key senior executives: COO John Keenan and Senior Vice President for Engineering and Operations Edward Salas.

April 11, 2011

Drug Wars Affecting Mexico’s Oil, Gas Operations

Industry employees not immune to unrest south of the border.

September 9, 2010

OR Regulators Limit Utility Rate Treatment on Taxes

Bringing to a close a long consumer battle that spawned unrest and stirred state lawmakers, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) issued a final order Sept. 15 for implementing a new state law that limits the amount of utility rates covering federal, state and local taxes to the actual amounts of taxes paid. The change will start with 2006 tax year payments, and a consumer activist group immediately criticized the PUC’s action as insufficient.

September 25, 2006

OR Regulators Limit Utility Rate Treatment on Taxes

Bringing to a close a long consumer battle that spawned unrest and stirred state lawmakers, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) last Friday issued a final order for implementing a new state law that limits the amount of utility rates covering federal, state and local taxes to the actual amounts of taxes paid. The change will start with 2006 tax year payments, and a consumer activist group immediately criticized the PUC’s action as insufficient.

September 19, 2006

Oregon Consumers, Stakeholders Seek to Buy PGE, Stabilize Rates

Consumer unrest in the face of substantial retail power rate increases over the past 12 months throughout Oregon bubbled to the top last week with stronger calls for a consumer-county government spawned effort to buy Portland General Electric Co. (PGE) from its bankrupt parent, Enron Corp. The proposal envisions rolling back rates and turning PGE into a nonprofit utility. However, none of the local government entities has endorsed the proposal at this time.

July 29, 2002

Financial Unrest is Backdrop to CA Gov.’s Latest Initiative

Is the colossal game of financial chicken that has been a major part of the response to California’s lingering energy crisis finally going to play out as the backdrop to the latest initiatives by the governor and his regulatory leaders?

April 6, 2001