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Los Angeles Times

Marc Lifsher

Writer

Marc Lifsher is a former business reporter for the Los Angeles Times, based in Sacramento. He previously worked for the Wall Street Journal, Orange County Register, Dallas Times Herald and United Press International. He spent a decade as a foreign correspondent, covering most of the nations of Latin America.

Recent Articles

  • Advocates seek to kill deal that sticks ratepayers with San Onofre costs

    Advocates seek to kill deal that sticks ratepayers with San Onofre costs

    Consumer advocates, outraged by a secret negotiation in Poland over the $5-billion cost of closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant, are asking the California Public Utilities Commission to reconsider a deal that sticks utility customers with the bulk of the bill. The groups demanded Friday that...

  • California ratepayers getting electric bill rebates

    California ratepayers getting electric bill rebates

    Almost 11 million customers of the state's for-profit electric utilities will be getting credits averaging $27 per household on either their April or May bills. The rebates come courtesy of a complex California program that requires polluting industries to pay for the right to release into the...

  • California regulators fine PG&E a record $1.6 billion in San Bruno blast

    California regulators fine PG&E a record $1.6 billion in San Bruno blast

    California regulators approved a record $1.6-billion fine against the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even as the new president of the Public Utilities Commission publicly questioned the company’s commitment to safety. The fine for violating state and federal pipeline safety...

  • Ex-PUC chief Michael Peevey's talks with UCLA are investigated

    Ex-PUC chief Michael Peevey's talks with UCLA are investigated

    Federal investigators probing the activities of former Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey have been talking to a UCLA administrator about possible PUC money being spent for energy-related research. Stephanie Pincetl, the director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities...

  • PUC to vote on record $1.6-billion fine for PG&E in San Bruno blast

    PUC to vote on record $1.6-billion fine for PG&E in San Bruno blast

    California utility regulators are poised to hit Pacific Gas & Electric Co. with a record-high, $1.6-billion penalty for negligence leading to the deadly natural gas explosion in San Bruno. The penalty, if approved in a Thursday vote of the Public Utilities Commission, would dwarf all previous enforcement...

  • Assembly utility committee chair goes on controversial junket

    Assembly utility committee chair goes on controversial junket

    The leader of a powerful state Assembly committee that oversees utilities and telecommunications last week traveled to Singapore for an Easter break "study trip" sponsored by a nonprofit foundation that's financed by business, labor and environmental groups. Advocates questioned the propriety of...

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