Tag Archives: PG&E

EPA appoints PG&E attorney to lead West Coast office

From AP News February 12, 2020 The Environmental Protection Agency has named a former attorney for the nation’s largest utility to head its West Coast office, replacing the regional director ousted from the post last week. John Busterud, who worked … Continue reading

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California power shut-offs pose fire risk due to Smart Meters

In the report I released this summer on Smart Meter fire and electrical hazards, I explained the dangers which electrical surges pose to digital electronic meters. This week PG&E will activate Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in many California counties. … Continue reading

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Boiling point: CPUC considers converting Pacific Gas and Electric into a publicly owned utility; sweeping measures proposed to resolve chronic safety problems

Investigation 15-08-019 (I.15-08-019) Order Instituting Investigation on the Commission’s Own Motion to Determine Whether Pacific Gas and Electric Company and PG&E Corporation’s Organizational Culture and Governance Prioritize Safety. Given PG&E’s record and the dangers inherent in PG&E’s service territory, the Commission … Continue reading

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California: Former PG&E executive Nancy McFadden named 2017 most influential person in state capitol — “she runs the government”

Every year, Capitol Weekly picks the top 100 most influential, behind-the-scenes power players in California government. In August, Capitol Weekly named former PG&E executive Nancy McFadden as # 1 for 2017 — the most influential person in Sacramento. “She runs the … Continue reading

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Power struggle: PG&E fights California towns to install Smart Meters

From Marin Independent Journal PG&E to defy Fairfax wireless meter ban by Richard Halstead January 5, 2017 Michael Peevey listens to testimony in San Francisco in 2014 while he was president of the California Public Utilities Commission. In a 2010 email, … Continue reading

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PG&E hired 101 unqualified pipeline inspectors in 2014. Over 18,000 severe corrosion problems detected throughout California by re-inspections

– Over 18,000 severe corrosion problems – Four years after San Bruno. – A light slap-on-the-wrist fine of $5.45 million by the PUC. – “Did not result in any injuries or property damage” or deaths…….. this time. – The “sad, … Continue reading

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PG&E’s new more powerful Smart Meters

PG&E has posted information on its website about Meter-Connectors, a much more powerful multi-function Smart Meter When did PG&E start using these 2 watt meters? How much antenna gain is used? How would someone know if they had one? Do … Continue reading

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San Jose Mercury: PG&E leniency demands explanation

PG&E had taken money from ratepayers for gas pipeline maintenance and instead used it for shareholder dividends and executive bonuses. These are facts. San Jose Mercury News August 2, 2016 The federal attorneys who so effectively prosecuted the criminal case … Continue reading

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Prosecutors ripped after slashing potential PG&E San Bruno fine by 99 percent

From CBS, Sacramento August 3, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A surprising decision by federal prosecutors in San Francisco to drop their pursuit of a potential $562 million fine against one of the nation’s largest utilities after a deadly pipeline … Continue reading

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“Unbelievable”: federal prosecutors abruptly drop fines 99% at PG&E trial

From the San Jose Mercury PG&E trial: Prosecution unexpectedly drops maximum potential penalty to $6 million By George Avalos, gavalos@bayareanewsgroup.com August 3, 2016 See related stories below. PG&E will no longer face more than $500 million in fines if it … Continue reading

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