SAN FRANCISCO—State energy regulators are telling Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to put an end to a component of its campaign against Marin County's new public power program.
In a letter sent Monday to PG&E, the California Public Utilities Commission said the utility's phone calls and newspaper ads encouraging Marin residents to drop the program violate state regulations.
The commission says PG&E is supposed to cooperate with the new Marin Energy Authority, not try to undermine it, under a 2002 state law.
The authority is expected to begin buying power and supplying it to local residents over PG&E transmission lines on Friday. Its power supply will include more renewable energy.
PG&E says it is reviewing the commission's letter and will respond in the coming days.