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Tell Governor Brown: New Leadership Is Needed at CPUC

The NTSB's investigation into the San Bruno explosion revealed not only that PG&E negligence caused the blast, but also that regulators bore responsibility. The report makes it clear that change is needed not only at PG&E, but at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as well

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Board’s investigation into the San Bruno explosion revealed not only that PG&E negligence caused the blast, but also that regulators bore responsibility. 

The report makes it clear that change is needed not only at PG&E, but at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as well.

A Toothless Watchdog

The current president, Michael Peevey, a former utility executive, has exercised leadership at the agency for close to 10 years now, years in which PG&E has seen profits, executive pay—and serious accidents—soar. Under Peevey’s watch, repeated and serious gas safety violations by PG&E did not result in a single fine, not even after the fatal explosion in Rancho Cordova in 2008. 

Peevey's Commission has been guided by a misguided philosophy—regulation in the corporate interest. It has rubber-stamped millions in unjustified rate hikes, pushed PG&E into an overpriced and unpopular smart meter program and allowed energy efficiency to become a utility slush fund, all the while insulating PG&E from its mistakes with guaranteed high profits. 

Time for a Change

What Californians need is a CPUC guided by the philosophy that puts customers first—regulation in the public interest. The public is wants stricter oversight and quality assurance, and wants PG&E held accountable for past failures. That means requiring shareholders, rather than customers, to shoulder the costs when PG&E has to play catch-up to fix neglected pipelines. And it means making sure PG&E doesn’t make one penny of profits on overdue safety investments. 

The NTSB findings cry out for a response from Governor Brown. Just days after the NTSB released its report, another explosion occurred on a PG&E gas line, this time in Cupertino. It is time for Governor Brown to step in and replace Michael Peevey with a new president who prioritizes the safety and pocketbooks of Californians over exorbitant profits and pay for utilities and their executives.

Send a letter to the Governor NOW: 
New Leadership is Needed at CPUC


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