California Regulators Say Utility Falsified Pipeline Safety Records

Article 0 Comments Regulators have accused one of California’s largest utilities of falsifying safety documents for natural gas pipelines for years following its criminal conviction and multimillion-dollar fine for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people near San Francisco. The California Public Utilities Commission said an investigation by its safety […]

California Regulator Requiring PG&E to Implement Safety Recommendations

Article 0 Comments California’s top utilities regulator on Thursday ordered the embattled power utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to implement safety recommendations the agency’s staff outlined in an independent third-party report. The move by the California Public Utilities Commission comes as it investigates the cause of the Camp Fire […]

Power Customers in California File Claims in Pre-Emptive Wildfire Outage

Article 0 Comments A Northern California utility received 146 demands for reimbursement from customers who say Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s controversial decision to cut power to prevent wildfires hurt them economically. The utility said Wednesday in a report to California regulators that it won’t pay any claims. PG&E shut […]

California to Cite Utilities More than $13M for Safety Violations

Article 0 Comments California regulators have fined two utilities more than $13 million for violations of safety rules for incidents that caused injuries. The Public Utilities Commission hit Southern California Edison with an $8 million citation for a downed power line that was run over by an off-road vehicle in […]

California Train Agency Fined $650K in 2 Worker Deaths

Article 0 Comments Regulators fined the San Francisco Bay Area’s transit agency $650,000 on Thursday for safety failures that led a commuter train to strike and kill two workers inspecting track five years ago during a union strike. The California Public Utilities Commission also placed the Bay Area Rapid Transit […]

PG&E to California Governor on Fire Liability Plan: It’s Not Enough

Article 0 Comments California Governor Jerry Brown issued a plan this week to help the state’s embattled utilities facing liabilities from wildfires. For PG&E Corp., it’s not good enough. “It’s insufficient,” PG&E Chief Executive Officer Geisha Williams said on the company’s second-quarter earnings call. “It’s just one of many things […]

California Mulling New Rules for Autonomous Cars to Pick Up Passengers

Article 0 Comments California’s public utility regulator signaled it would allow self-driving car companies to transport passengers without a backup driver in the vehicle, a step forward for autonomous car developers just as the industry faces heightened scrutiny over safety concerns. The California Public Utilities Commission, the body that regulates […]

California Utilities Commissioner Wants to Regulate Uber Like Tour Buses, Limos

Article 0 Comments Uber Technologies Inc. should be classified as the same type of transportation as limousines and tour buses, a California regulator said on Monday in a proposal that could change how the ride-hailing company is regulated in its home state. A commissioner for the California Public Utilities Commission, […]