The embattled Public Utility Commission's legal bill for criminal defense by an outside law firm is growing rapidly.
Money collected from ratepayers and earmarked for pipeline safety was instead spent on executive pay raises by the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., in the months before a deadly pipeline explosion in 2010, lawmakers were told Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO — For years, business lobbyists complained about what they derided as "job killer" laws that drive employers out of California.
A Los Angeles County lawmaker is asking state regulators to reopen a legal settlement that apportioned costs of permanently closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Clemente.
The state's top utilities regulator said Monday he had qualms about a deal to apportion the costs of closing the giant San Onofre nuclear power plant but voted for it anyway.
California regulators are intensifying efforts to wring every possible electron out of common household devices.
The new head of the Public Utilities Commission wants to increase financial penalties against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to a record $1.6 billion for negligence related to the 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a neighborhood in the Bay Area suburb of San Bruno.
The scandal-wracked California Public Utilities Commission has named a veteran staff lawyer as its new top legal counsel.