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A California Public Utilities Commission judge ruled to increase Pacific Gas & Electric's locate-and-mark penalty from $65 million to $110 million, saying the bankrupt utility knew it had severe problems with its program for more than four years but chose to take no action. 

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The California Public Utilities Commission's Wildfire Safety Advisory Board on Jan. 21 held its inaugural meeting in Sacramento, which was largely devoted to educating the newly appointed board members about the organization and the status of its development.

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The California Energy Commission at its Jan. 22 meeting granted Trinity Public Utility District an exemption from new state building codes mandating that solar-photovoltaic systems be installed on newly constructed low-rise residential buildings.

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Electric-vehicle charging stations could be required at existing buildings undergoing major renovations in California, according to a report by the California Air Resources Board. Currently, Level 2 EV charging stations must be installed at new-building construction sites, but not at existin…

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The California Public Utilities Commission at its Jan. 16 meeting approved a $16.5-million electric undergrounding project that will deviate from a state tariff rule and place distribution lines underground in a high-fire-hazard zone in the Piedmont area of Oakland.

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California Public Utilities Commission Administrative Law Judge Sofia Park issued a long list of strong questions to Pacific Gas & Electric about its proposed $1.7-billion wildfire settlement agreement with the CPUC and other stakeholders, including why the utility said it needs up to fi…

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Energy experts are concerned that the California Public Utilities Commission has arbitrarily changed its estimate of how much electricity will be imported into the state in the future, and that the change will lead to excess capacity and higher ratepayer bills.

Many load-serving entities in California are seeking to incorporate energy storage into their portfolios, but what remains an unknown for organizations—namely, community choice aggregators—is the role that California Public Utilities Commission oversight might play in future storage developm…

The California Public Utilities Commission on Dec. 24 notified Southern California Edison it would suspend the utility's Dec. 4 advice letter [AL 4122-E] seeking authorization of $405.5 million in disbursements from SCE's nuclear decommissioning trust fund for SCE's share of forecast costs f…

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California faces reliability concerns in coming years caused by an influx of intermittent solar generation, according to the head of the state's grid operator, who warned that the grid might not be able to handle the demands of the evening generation ramp.

The California Air Resources Board is considering ways to expand the use of carbon capture and sequestration equipment at the state's refineries and natural gas generation plants—a process that could allow gas plants to count as "zero-carbon" energy resources under California's SB 100 mandate.

Opponents of Pacific Gas & Electric's proposed settlement over its locate-and-mark practices, including two offices with the California Public Utilities Commission, are concerned that PG&E customers could end up footing the bill for the utility's failure to comply with the law.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Nov. 18 sent a letter to California Public Utilities Commission President Marybel Batjer requesting that the agency commission an independent study on the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility to expedite the timeline for its permanent closure.

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State regulators launched an investigation into whether investor-owned utilities prioritized safety during public-safety power shut-offs last month, and in a separate order asked Pacific Gas & Electric why it shouldn't be sanctioned over the way it conducted its outages.

The California Public Utilities Commission is considering new rules that would connect dairy, landfill and other biomethane point sources to the state's natural gas pipelines. But its proposal to blend biomethane with pipeline natural gas drew caution flags from the California Council on Sci…

The California Independent System Operator is moving forward with enacting market-power mitigation on a systemwide basis, the result of an extensive deliberative process that has produced opposing viewpoints, even as the real work on the initiative begins.

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The California Public Utilities Commission on Nov. 7 recommended that five once-through-cooling natural gas power plants remain on line for up to three years beyond their planned retirement date of Dec. 31, 2020. The commission also approved delaying by up to 2.5 years the start dates of thr…

Pacific Gas & Electric bondholders that are pitching a competing reorganization plan for the company in bankruptcy court are attempting to become parties in several PG&E-related proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission—a move that utility attorneys have strongly crit…

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Attorneys for Pacific Gas & Electric strongly criticized a competing bankruptcy reorganization plan for the company pitched last month by its bondholders and a committee of wildfire victims, saying in an Oct. 11 filing to the California Public Utilities Commission that the proposal is "b…