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Not enough money in the pipeline

Steven Weissman, associate director, Center for Law, Energy and the Environment | June 6, 2013

When regulators approve rates for a utility such as Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), they are making their best guess as to how much money the company will need to cover various kinds of activities. The utility starts out the process by offering its position on how much it will need for things like … Continue reading »

Multiple failures exposed Diablo Canyon to higher risk

Steven Weissman, associate director, Center for Law, Energy and the Environment | March 21, 2011

It is a coincidence that the Union of Concerned Scientists has released  a new report on nuclear power plant safety while the Japanese nuclear crisis continues to unfold. Yet, the heightened awareness that many people now have of the importance of nuclear plant cooling systems may put us in a better position to understand the … Continue reading »

Two cheers for PG&E “Democracy”

Robin Lakoff, professor emerita of linguistics | June 13, 2010

The results of last Tuesday’s primary elections were mixed. But one result gives me hope: the failure of Prop 16, PG&E’s so-called Taxpayers Right to Vote ballot initiative. I am cheered not so much because of what the proposition was about (requiring a vote to municipalize utilities), as because of the way in which it … Continue reading »