Monthly Archives: January 2014

CA PUC Commissioner Quits, Farewell Letter Challenges Utilities, Questions Role of Agency Staff

California Public Utility Commission (CAPUC) Commissioner Mark Ferron resigned due to health reasons, and sent a public “Final Report” to his fellow Commissioners and the public on January 18, 2014.  In this remarkable document, he questions the legal strategy of utilities to do only the minimum required by law and regulation, stating ‘I am very Read more…

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Courts and FERC Consider Challenges to State Efforts to Determine Electric Capacity Resources and Prices

The federal courts and FERC are wrestling with complex issues arising from the “organized” capacity markets for electricity created in the “restructured” states — where local utilities sold off their power plants and now purchase electricity for their customers in wholesale markets under FERC jurisdiction.   Retail utilities are required to have enough “capacity” lined Read more…

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Utility Project Opposes Proposed Con Edison Electric and Gas Rate Case Settlement; PSC Seeks Public Comment

The Utility Project filed its Statement of Opposition and Testimony in Opposition to the “Joint Proposal” for settlement of the Con Edison rate cases, which was announced December 31, 2013.  The proposed settlement, which is subject to approval by the PSC, provides for a “freeze” of gas and electric rates during a two and three Read more…

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