A fire crew battles the Zogg Fire on October 2, 2020. (Photo: California Conservation Corps/Wikimedia Commons)
Posted in News Utilities Wild Fire

PG&E Charged With Manslaughter

11 Felony Counts— 2020 Zogg Fire “PG&E has a history with a repeated pattern of causing wildfires that is not getting better,” said Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett. “It’s only getting worse.” by Brett Wilkens, Common…

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Posted in Investigations Utilities

Utility companies owe millions to California regulatory agency. The problem? The agency can’t track what it’s owed.

When a whistleblower alleged that $200 million was missing from the California Public Utilities Commission, the agency says it took steps to collect. Yet an audit uncovered more missing money and cited flaws in the agency’s…

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Posted in Investigations Pro Publica Utilities

She Noticed $200 Million Missing, Then She Was Fired

Alice Stebbins was hired to fix the finances of California’s powerful utility regulator. She was fired after finding $200 million for the state’s deaf, blind and poor residents was missing. by Scott Morris, Bay City News…

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Posted in Analysis Investigations Pro Publica Utilities

Four types of scandals utility companies get into with money from your electric bills

When power companies across the country fight for favorable legislation, sometimes their efforts cross the line and customers pay the price. by Patrick Wilson, Richmond Times-Dispatch Saturday, October10 Across the country, electric utilities have worked the…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Energy Pro Publica Utilities

Inside the utility company lobbying blitz that will hike electric bills

Democrats who campaigned against Virginia’s largest public utility, Dominion Energy, swept into office. Then the company’s lobbying efforts kicked into high gear. Here’s how it fought against legislation meant to lower residents’ electric bills. by Patrick…

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More than 800 groups called on Congress to include relief from water and utility shutoffs in any new coronavirus relief package. (Photo: Peter Werkman/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net Utilities

Justice groups say next coronavirus relief package must include moratorium on utility shutoffs

“It’s unconscionable that Senate Republicans chose to protect corporate America over families in the last rescue package.”     by Julia Conley, staff writer With more than a quarter of Americans reporting lost income as a…

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Posted in Coronavirus National News Public Health Public Policy Safety Net Utilities Water

Some towns still haven’t halted utility shut-offs for unpaid water bills during coronavirus, even as federal lawmakers demand it

While some municipalities with only a few cases of the coronavirus have stopped disconnecting water service for residents with overdue bills, a few utility companies at the coronavirus epicenter in Washington have made no such promises….

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Coal Fired Power Plant Chesterfield Virginia
Posted in Citizen Power Energy Mining News Utilities

Virginia passes clean energy legislation

The Virginia Clean Economy Act follows other states in capping energy bills of low-income ratepayers at no more that 6% of a family’s income for electricity and 10% for gas use. It creates a “social cost…

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Posted in Columns Communications Community organizing Economy Internet Neighborhoods Public Policy Utilities Wade Rathke

Cooperatives need to get broadband to the countryside

New Orleans       How can I say this plainly?  Electric cooperatives have become increasingly less cooperative, and, frankly, not even all that electric.  What was a huge breakthrough in taking electricity the last mile into rural…

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