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California Energy Markets / This Week
[CEM 1535 / April 19, 2019]
‘A Different PG&E’: Company Director Defends Board Picks, CEO Choice
Longtime PG&E Corp. Director Richard Kelly defended the company’s new slate of board picks at an April 15 public forum at the California Public Utilities Commission, saying the refurbished board has the skills to navigate the company through its current difficulties. Kelly also lauded the safety expertise of incoming CEO Bill Johnson, who he said could change the company’s culture and attitude. But CPUC members and other attendees remain skeptical of the company’s new board appointees.
CPUC Reckons With Newsom’s Proposed Sweeping Reforms to Agency
The California Public Utilities Commission is reckoning with the prospect of sweeping reforms outlined in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s April 12 strike force report. But former regulators point to several challenges facing the agency’s proposed overhaul, including deliberative processes that are baked into statute, complicated and restrictive regulations, and the challenge of matching Bay Area salaries.
FBI to Test PG&E Equipment in Camp Fire Criminal Investigation Despite Delay Request
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Sections of Pacific Gas & Electric equipment are being sent for testing to the Federal Bureau of Investigation laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the November 2018 Camp Fire. The investigation, which was discussed during an April 17 hearing before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali, includes officials from the Butte County district attorney’s office as well as the California Department of Justice.
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