CPUC shows its inbred corruption
Over a period of several years, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) cozied up to its buddies at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which cares about utility profits, but not about ratepayer fairness. SDG&E wanted its ratepayers to pick up uninsured costs for the damage it caused in the 2007 fires. A division of the CPUC had pointed the finger at SDG&E for negligence in those fires.
San Diego attorney Michael J. Aguirre took up the cause for San Diego ratepayers. He battled with pro-utility administrative law judges. He was able to block SDG&E’s disingenuous attempt to misrepresent the mission: the utility kept insisting it only wanted indemnification for future fires, but as the fine print revealed, it really wanted coverage for the 2007 fires, for which it was found responsible.
Also, Southern California Edison (SCE), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), and SDG&E claimed there was an insurance crisis. Aguirre showed there was no such crisis. SCE and PG&E, realizing the truth, backed down, leaving SDG&E standing there naked. After Aguirre caught SDG&E in these ruses, the CPUC reluctantly sided with Aguirre, saving San Diego ratepayers millions of dollars.
On March 6, 2014, the CPUC got its revenge. Aguirre had asked for $224,545 as costs of his work on the case, called intervenor fees. So, the CPUC refused to give Aguirre one penny. The chief administrative law judge claimed that Aguirre did not make “a substantial contribution to the decision.”
The truth is exactly the reverse of that. I watched that case from the beginning. The CPUC administrative judge said Aguirre was “obstructive, rather than helpful.” That is the key. The CPUC wants intervenors to play ball, to give it deference, reverence. It deserves nothing of the sort.
I doubt if this is over.
Since the CPUC continues to penitalize those that speak out against its actions, is it any wonder that most attorneys simply will not take CPUC Utility related cases, which is exactly what both the CPUC and our Big Utilities want to prevent!
The CPUC cares only about profits of utilities and cares not a whit about financial stability of ratepayers. San Diego has been the victim time after time. Meanwhile, stock of Sempra, parent of SDG&E, keeps soaring.
Our Regulators work for the Utilities not the ratepayers, because if they really worked for ratepayers, CA would have much lower energy rates and much more competition instead of a few high priced energy monopolies, whose shareholders have made record profits year after year after year!
The threat to public safety is worse than we know, per an NBC News post today: “U.S. Nuclear Agency Hid Concerns, Hailed Safety Record as Fukushima “ U.S. Nuclear Agency Hid Concerns, Hailed Safety Record ..
There is obviously more that the NRC is covering up about SCE and CPUC threats to public safety from SONGS, and there is much more to their criminal negligence than we know.