2602, 2020

Commission Proposes a Path for Utility Takeover

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While PG&E is continuing on its path to emerge from bankruptcy, California Public Utilities Commission (Commission) President Marybel Batjer outlined a proposed process on February 18 as to how the State could revoke the utility’s operating license if the utility again commits serious safety violations without adequately addressing them.

2401, 2020

SONGS 8-10 Year Demolition to Begin in February

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Nearly eight years after the emergency shut-down at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) due to a faulty boiler and the release of radioactive gas, demolition of the facility is scheduled to begin on February 22, 2020, according to a notice issued by Southern California Edison (SCE) this week.

2012, 2019

Creditors Group Offers All-Cash Deal in New Proposal to PG&E Victims

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In an attempt to salvage their bid to take control of PG&E, a group of creditors led by Elliott Management Corporation (Elliott) and Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) said late Friday that they would commit to addressing Governor Newsom’s concerns with PG&E, including the formation of a new board and making provisions for the option of a state takeover.

110, 2019

Tubbs Fire Trial Set for January 2020

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San Francisco Superior Court Judge Teri Jackson said this week that the upcoming trial regarding PG&E’s role in the 2017 Tubbs Fire is set to last eight weeks and will likely have one jury weighing all the issues involved in the proceedings.

2009, 2019

CPUC/DOGGR: Update on the SoCal Gas Pipeline Work

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Capacity on the SoCal Gas lines is expected to drop for the foreseeable future. This week SoCal Gas is expected to start working on Line 4000 which extends from East of Barstow to Cajon. The company plans for the line to be out of commission for two months as it makes repairs. Based on the time it is taking to make other repairs, it looks like it may take longer than scheduled. SoCal Gas has pushed back the estimated return-to-service date for Line 235-2 yet again. The line which runs approximately 50 miles between Victorville to east of Barstow, ruptured [...]

1207, 2019

GovOps Secretary Marybel Batjer Appointed CPUC President

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Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the appointment of Marybel Batjer to serve as president of the California Public Utilities Commission. Batjer will first conclude her work this month leading the DMV Strike Team effort which the governor appointed her upon taking office. Batjer was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as the first secretary of the Government Operations Agency in 2013 that was organized to include the California Technology Agency, now called the California Department of Technology. She also served as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's first cabinet secretary from 2003 to 2004 and was chief of staff to Nevada [...]

2106, 2019

DOGGR/CPUC: SoCal Gas Pipeline Woes Continue

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This week, SoCal Gas announced that it would take longer to reopen one of its gas lines. Line 235-2, which runs approximately 50 miles between Victorville to east of Barstow, ruptured on October 1, 2017 and has been closed ever since. The pipeline is a 1957 vintage and appeared close to reopening. However, additional leaks were found recently, delaying the reopening of the gas line to late July at the earliest. This is not the only gas line facing problems. Two other gas lines, Line 3000 and Line 4000, have had reduced capacity for over a year now. SoCal Gas [...]

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