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In The Media - 2000

Sacramento Bee - Dec 31, 2000   
Legislators to tackle utility crisis
They insist gifts from industry won't sway them
When the state Legislature begins its new session in earnest this week, the utility companies and electricity generators at odds over the state's power woes will be familiar faces at the Capitol... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 30, 2000   
NATURAL GAS SUPPLIERS ARE REFUSING TO SELL TO PG&E
UTILITY SAYS THE COMPANIES FEAR IT MAY NOT HAVE MONEY FOR FUTURE CONTRACTS. IT IS ASKING STATE FOR RATE HIKES.
More than 15 natural gas suppliers are refusing to sell gas to cash-squeezed Pacific Gas & Electric beyond their current contracts for fear they won't be paid, the utility said Friday... more


San Francisco Daily Journal - Dec 29, 2000   
Ouster of PUC Official Sought -- Attorney General Bill Lockyer approved the 'quo warranto' suit against PUC member Henry Duque. 
SAN FRANCISCO - A state public utilities commissioner should be ousted because he bought stock in a company he regulates, a government watchdog group claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday.         In a rare quo warranto lawsuit targeting a state official, t... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 29, 2000   
EDISON SEEKS OK FOR 2 YEARS OF RATE HIKES
THE COMPANY'S PROPOSAL WOULD ALLOW INCREASES EVERY SIX MONTHS. THE CUMULATIVE BOOST COULD BE AS HIGH AS 76%
In addition to demanding an immediate 30% increase in electricity rates, Southern California Edison is asking the state Public Utilities Commission for the right to continue raising bills for the next two years, officials said Thursday.... more


The Associated Press - Dec 29, 2000   
Utilities, consumers, governor ponder looming rate hike
State regulators have given electrical utilities extra time to show their financial hardship merits a significant rate hike for 24 million Californians.... more


The Sacramento Bee - Dec 29, 2000   
Nader, utilities clash at PUC: Power firms seek double-digit hikes
SAN FRANCISCO -- With national focus on California's electricity crisis growing, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. began notifying customers that it wants to boost their electric bills up to 40 percent by the end of 2001.... more


San Diego Union-Tribune - Dec 29, 2000   
Let debt-ridden utilities go bankrupt, says Nader
PG&E aide labels idea irresponsible
SAN FRANCISCO -- Consumer activist Ralph Nader stepped into the battle over California's failed electrical deregulation yesterday, urging the state to allow Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison to go bankrupt.... more


National Public Radio MORNING EDITION - Dec 28, 2000   
CALIFORNIA CONSUMERS FACED WITH RISING ELECTRIC COSTS WHILE POWER COMPANIES SAY THEY'RE ON THE VERGE OF BANKRUPTCY
California's two largest utilities have stated their case for sharply raising electricity rates.... more


THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE (RIVERSIDE, CA.) - Dec 28, 2000   
Edison seeks 30% rate hike: "In order to keep the lights on, we need more cash," a utility lawyer tells the PUC.
Southern California Edison pleaded for a 30 percent rate hike Wednesday, warning of rotating blackouts and possible bankruptcy if it doesn't receive a quick infusion of cash.... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 28, 2000   
ELECTRIC UTILITIES SEEK UP TO 30% RATE HIKE
EDISON AND PG&E PRESS FOR INCREASE AS THE PUC OPENS HEARINGS. CONSUMER GROUPS SAY COMPANIES GAMBLED WITH DEREGULATION AND SHOULD PAY THE PRICE.
California's two biggest public utilities began pressing their case Wednesday for electricity rate hikes of up to 30%, the costly legacy of their ill-starred plunge into deregulation.... more


The Associated Press - Dec 28, 2000   
Utilities seek immediate rate hike to avoid insolvency
Two huge utilities are seeking permission to make consumers pay as much as 30 percent more for their electricity, saying the deregulated energy market has left them $9 billion in the red.... more


The New York Times - Dec 28, 2000   
As an Energy Crunch Continues, California's Utilities and Their Customers Clash Over Rates
While California's governor was in Washington discussing the state's energy crisis with President Clinton, representatives of dozens of interested parties converged on an emergency meeting here today to debate whether consumers should pay sharply higher e... more


San Jose Mercury News - Dec 28, 2000   
Hearings get heated over bearing brunt of electricity deregulation
SAN JOSE, Calif._As utility executives pleaded for an electricity rate increase of up to 30 percent, angry consumer advocates denounced the state's deregulated energy system Wednesday and insisted that the public shouldn't bear the cost of its failures.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Dec 28, 2000   
Groups see little room for accord
State consumer groups -- several of which continue to work on plans to overturn electricity deregulation through a ballot initiative -- will be in no mood to compromise when they discuss the crisis today with Gov. Gray Davis and executives of the state's... more


MARKETPLACE - Dec 28, 2000   
CALIFORNIA UTILITIES FACE BANKRUPTCY
California regulators today considered whether to lift rate caps on electric bills that were a condition of deregulation of the power industry in the state.... more


The Associated Press - Dec 27, 2000   
California considers rate hikes as Davis, Clinton meet
A two-day hearing opened Wednesday with wildly divergent suggestions for dealing with California's electricity crisis.... more


The Washington Times - Dec 27, 2000   
Irate Californians eye ballot initiative
LOS ANGELES - A rising anger among consumers over California's electric power crunch threatens to boil over into a 2002 ballot initiative that would order the state government to buy most power plants and power lines.... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 27, 2000   
POWER CRISIS GENERATES WINDFALL FOR SUPPLIERS
A JUMP IN PROFITS IS FORECAST FOR FIRMS THAT PROVIDE THE STATE'S ENERGY. DAVIS SEEKS ADVICE FROM GREENSPAN.
California's power crisis surged through the political and financial worlds Tuesday as a sharp jump in the profit outlook of major electricity generators supplying California renewed controversy over alleged price gouging on the eve of public hearings to... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 27, 2000   
A BITTERSWEET OUTCOME
HARVEY ROSENFIELD, WHO WARNED AGAINST ELECTRICITY DEREGULATION, SAYS HE HAS BEEN PROVED RIGHT BUT REGRETS THAT IT HAS COME AT SUCH A COST TO THE PUBLIC. STILL H
As power outages and higher utility bills loom in California, Harvey Rosenfield--the man who unsuccessfully fought electricity deregulation four years ago--doesn't say, "I told you so."... more


Riverside Press-Enterprise - Dec 27, 2000   
Electricity rate hike debate heats up
Utility companies and consumer groups escalated their rhetoric Tuesday as the state Public Utilities Commission prepares to take testimony on electric rate hikes.... more


Ventura County Star - Dec 25, 2000   
Davis' ties to utilities energizes power debate
More than $450,00 has gone to his campaign since 1998; governor denies bias.
SANTA ANA -- California Gov. Gray Davis has taken more than $450,000 in campaign contributions since 1998 from the two utility giants he's negotiating with to help save from possible bankruptcy. ... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 24, 2000   
CONSUMERS BITTER AS THEY AWAIT ELECTRICITY PRICE HIKES
MANY PEOPLE WORRY ABOUT THE EFFECTS ON FAMILY FINANCES. ACTIVISTS WARN OF THE POSSIBILITY OF A 'RATEPAYER REBELLION' AS CUSTOMERS FACE POSSIBLE INCREASES OF AT
As California's energy crisis threatens to boil over, Los Angeles-area consumers facing the likely prospect of higher electricity bills are steaming.... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 24, 2000   
WILL DAVIS ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION?
In the throes of an energy crisis, many Californians are worrying about rolling blackouts and power rationing during the holidays. The state's governor, however, must face his own threat: "Grayout.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Dec 23, 2000   
Politicians try to dodge energy crisis
The economic and technological aspects of California's electric power crisis are extremely complicated, but the political scramble now under way among politicians, particularly Gov. Gray Davis, to minimize their exposure, is fairly simple. In fact, if it... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 23, 2000   
EDISON TO CUT 400 JOBS, DIVIDEND AMID CRISIS
POWER COMPANY ANNOUNCES CASH-CONSERVING MEASURES, INCLUDING A $100-MILLION REDUCTION IN CAPITAL SPENDING
'gD  nt company of Southern California Edison announced Friday that it will eliminate 400 contractor jobs, suspend the quarterly dividend paid to its common shareholders and cut $ 100 million in capital spending as part of its effort to stave off finan... more


The New York Times - Dec 23, 2000   
In California, Woes on Power Set Off Clashes
California's great experiment with utility deregulation relies on the wisdom of the marketplace to keep things running, but as the threat of utility bankruptcies, sharply rising electric rates and dimmed Christmas lights grip the state, the marketplace... more


Associated Press - Dec 23, 2000   
Compromise nearing in electricity crisis
Elements of a plan to ease California's electricity crisis include a 10 percent rate hike, coupled with long-term cost protections for residential customers and a requirement that two huge utilities absorb a large chunk of their losses from this summer's... more


The Washington Post - Dec 22, 2000   
Californians Face Power Rate Rise
Regulators Say Increase Is Necessary to Keep Utilities Solvent
In the strongest sign yet that electric bills will soon rise sharply for millions of Californians, state utility regulators said Thursday customers should pay more to keep the state's largest electric companies from going bankrupt.... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 22, 2000   
PUC SETS STAGE FOR INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY BILLS
RELUCTANT COMMISSIONERS PREPARE TO REPEAL THE RATE CAP AS EARLY AS JAN. 4. CONSUMER GROUPS OBJECT, SAYING THE COMMISSION SHOULD PROTECT TAXPAYERS.
The state Public Utilities Commission on Thursday moved to rescue the state's largest electric utilities from soaring power costs by clearing the way for rate hikes as soon as Jan. 4.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Dec 22, 2000   
California's two largest utilities could lose credit rating on Wall St.
SAN JOSE, Calif._Intensifying pressure on state officials, a leading Wall Street rating firm said it will drastically lower the credit status of California's two largest electric utilities unless the state approves a consumer rate increase this week.... more


Associated Press - Dec 22, 2000   
SoCal Edison announces cost-cutting amid state energy crisis
Southern California Edison Co., one of two huge investor-owned utilities shaken by California's electricity crisis, announced cutbacks impacting 400 jobs Friday - a day after state regulators favored customer rate hikes in January to rescue the utilities.... more


Contra Costa Times - Dec 22, 2000   
Stocks of California Utilities Rebound as Commission Pursues Rate Increases
 SACRAMENTO, Calif.--Power use across the state dropped on Friday as schools, businesses and government offices shut down for the Christmas weekend, and energy officials predicted smoother sledding for the state's beleaguered power grid in coming days.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 22, 2000   
Energy Crisis Is Forcing Davis Into a Balancing Act
Gov. Gray Davis has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions from some of the very same energy companies he now says are gouging California consumers.... more


The Associated Press - Dec 21, 2000   
S&P threatens to slash credit ratings on California utilities
Raising the stakes in California's energy crisis, Standard & Poor's warned Wednesday that it will cut off the financial lifelines of the state's two largest utilities unless electricity rate increases are approved by the end of the week.... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 21, 2000   
AN EQUAL CHANCE
CONSUMERS DEPRIVED OF A VOICE IN UTILITY RATE TALKS
How surprising and disappointing it is that the state's big consumer organizations--most of them leery of electricity deregulation from the start--have now been kept out of the discussions as deregulation falls into ever worse disaster and rate increases... more


San Diego Union-Tribune - Dec 21, 2000   
Utilities paint a blackout scenario
A nightmare before Christmas could be in store for much of Northern and Central California this weekend if the state's two largest utilities resort to rolling blackouts after running out of money.... more


San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 21, 2000   
Impasse Pulls Plug on Power Bailout
Talks with Davis collapse after PG&E, Edison refuse to accept rate increase, sources say
A secret deal brokered by Gov. Gray Davis to bail out California's two biggest utilities fell apart yesterday as both sides reached an impasse over the size of a proposed rate increase, sources said.... more


Los Angeles Daily News - Dec 21, 2000   
Power rate hikes mulled
Under pressure from Gov. Gray Davis to bail out the power industry, the state Public Utilities Commission planned to consider today whether to raise rates charged consumers in the face of California's energy crisis.... more


Stockton Record - Dec 21, 2000   
Power firms' credit rating hinges on rise in rates
SACRAMENTO -- Bad news from Wall Street on Wednesday stepped up a public relations battle over California's electricity crisis that is giving middle-of-the-road Gov. Gray Davis a hard time finding any middle ground.... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 20, 2000   
RATE HIKE NEEDED TO RESCUE ELECTRIC UTILITIES, DAVIS SAYS
NO INCREASE WAS TO BE ALLOWED THIS SOON, BUT EDISON WARNS IT IS ON BRINK OF BANKRUPTCY. CRITICS DECRY 'RATEPAYER BAILOUT.' L.A., SOME OTHER AREAS UNAFFECTED.
More than 20 million California consumers can soon expect to be hit with bigger electricity bills, Gov. Gray Davis acknowledged Tuesday as the big utilities increased pressure on state and federal officials to rescue them from the ravages of a runaway ene... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 20, 2000   
DAMAGE CONTROL A PRIORITY FOR DAVIS, UTILITIES
As electricity rate hikes loom for millions of California consumers, Gov. Gray Davis and the state's three major utility companies are waging an intense war to insulate themselves from a consumer backlash.... more


The Sacramento Bee - Dec 20, 2000   
Davis sees utility bills going up: Otherwise, power firms will go bust, he says
Gov. Gray Davis acknowledged Tuesday that he expects California ratepayers to bear some of the burden for the state's failed attempt at electricity deregulation, saying the alternative -- utility insolvency -- is an unacceptable scenario that would leav... more


The Orange County Register - Dec 20, 2000   
Davis may have to support rate hikes
'Everyone needs to be part of the solution,' he says, but he pledges it won't lead to an unfair burden for energy consumers.
SACRAMENTO -- Electricity rate increases, once too taboo to mention, suddenly may not be looking so bad to politicians, particularly Gov. Gray Davis.... more


The Stockton Record - Dec 20, 2000   
Davis tries to slow rise in energy costs
Supply shortage worsening
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Gray Davis on Tuesday began personally negotiating the scope of a rate increase proposed by the state's major utilities, while a critical power-generation shortage once again threatened to cause the collapse of California's electricity... more


San Diego Union-tribune - Dec 20, 2000   
Davis fights for a cap on power rates
He says thousands of utility workers could face layoffs
Thousands of utility workers could be laid off in California if the electricity crisis continues, Gov. Gray Davis warned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington yesterday. ... more


Contra Costa Times - Dec 20, 2000   
California Consumers to Shoulder Debt of California Utility Firms
 SACRAMENTO, Calif.--California consumers will be forced to shoulder millions of dollars of debt incurred by utility companies under a deal being brokered by Gov. Gray Davis.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Dec 19, 2000   
Bankruptcy not imminent for California utility
SAN JOSE, Calif._Despite spending far more to buy electricity than it charges consumers, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. isn't facing the imminent bankruptcy that politicians fear, say financial analysts. Right now the company can pay its bills, and investors... more


San Diego Union-Tribune - Dec 19, 2000   
Averting disaster with state utilities
There are two power crises in California today. One is the electricity debacle, the other, a political power crisis.... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 18, 2000   
RATEPAYERS SHOULDN'T BAIL OUT EDISON
California's largest utility company, Southern California Edison, has thrown down the gauntlet to Gov. Gray Davis: Force the ratepayers to bail us out or we'll declare bankruptcy.... more


The New York Times - Dec 16, 2000   
Government Acts to Calm California's Energy Market
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission took action today to protect Californians against the recent volatility in the wholesale electricity market that has brought soaring power prices, threats of blackouts and perils of insolvency for the state's large... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 16, 2000   
STATE CRITICAL AS U.S. TRIES TO KEEP POWER ON
THE ENERGY REGULATORY PANEL ACTS TO CALM THE MARKET. OFFICIALS SAY THE EFFORT IS TOO TIMID TO WORK.
Calling deregulation of California's electric power industry a worthy effort that has unfolded disastrously, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday launched a multipronged effort to calm a crazed electricity market and keep the lights on acros... more


Contra Costa Times - Dec 16, 2000   
Debate begins over who will pay PG&E's $4.6 billion power bill
WALNUT CREEK, Calif._There's an unpaid electricity bill of $4.6 billion in Pacific Gas & Electric's San Francisco headquarters. Now the debate begins on who is going to pay it.... more


Contra Costa Times - Dec 16, 2000   
Davis disappointed after feds fail to curb skyrocketing power prices
WALNUT CREEK, Calif._Californians who were hoping to be awakened from an electricity deregulation nightmare were sorely disappointed on Friday when a key federal commission adopted a slate of market reforms that stopped short of offering direct relief for... more


Sacramento Bee - Dec 15, 2000   
Utility woes put Davis in hot seat
Governor says power to end crisis is limited
Consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield makes his living holding corporate and government feet to the fire, but even he is feeling a little sorry for Gov. Gray Davis these days.... more


NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT - Dec 15, 2000   
NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT
YASTINE: Well, Paul, federal energy regulators OK'd new rules to prevent power shortages in California as that state deals with sharp spikes in electricity prices. California was once considered a model for utility deregulation, but as Pat Anson repor... more


CBS EVENING NEWS - Dec 14, 2000   
POWER SHORTAGE IN CALIFORNIA
DAN RATHER, anchor: More stormy weather coming in the Pacific Northwest could make it harder to keep the lights on in California. California is already struggling to beg, borrow or buy power from neighboring grids. CBS' Sandra Hughes has been digging in... more


San Jose Mercury News - Dec 14, 2000   
California power companies on brink of bankruptcy
SAN JOSE, Calif._Wednesday's fast-emerging concern about the financial health of the state's major utility firms is prompting an alarming possibility: that taxpayers will get stuck paying the companies' multi-billion-dollar debts.... more


The Associated Press - Dec 14, 2000   
California regulators, utilities look to feds to ease woes
A federal regulator is promising strong action to ease California's electricity woes after the state's second brush with blackouts in a week.... more


Sacramento Bee - Dec 13, 2000   
Wholesale electric prices soar anew
With wholesale prices again soaring on California's biggest power-trading market, grid operators called the year's 30th "stage two" electric emergency Tuesday.... more


The Associated Press - Dec 13, 2000   
Spiraling prices roil utility market as supplies remain pinched
With wholesale electricity prices roaring upward, Wall Street is worried about utilities' economic health and a consumer group has urged the state immediately to seize and run the strapped $20 billion electricity system.... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 13, 2000   
FORECAST BRIGHTER BUT ELECTRICITY PRICE SOARS
NORTHWEST SENDS MORE POWER TO CALIFORNIA, BUT DISRUPTION FROM UTAH PROMPTS STAGE 2 ALERT
Day 9 of California's electricity emergency promised an improving supply picture both within the state and through more imports from the Pacific Northwest, which on Tuesday continued to dodge the expected hit from an Arctic cold front.... more


Los Angeles Times   - Dec 12, 2000   
STATE WAITS FOR BREAK IN POWER CRISIS
SHORTAGE: LOW SUPPLIES ARE PREDICTED FOR THE WEEK. WALL STREET DOWNGRADES UTILITIES UNABLE TO PASS ALONG RECORD PRICES FOR ELECTRICITY TO CONSUMERS
With scant power supplies forecast for the entire week, California's electricity emergency dragged into an eighth day Monday as record electricity prices darkened the outlook for the state's biggest utilities.... more


Oakland Tribune - Dec 09, 2000   
Plants shut for pollution return to ease shortage
Consumer and environmental groups decried the hasty arrangements as a sacrifice of environmental protections, triggered by corporate attempts to profit from the crisis and a failed state government effort to deregulate the electricity industry.... more


The New York Times - Dec 09, 2000   
After Summer of Power Woes, California Is Hurting Again
It was not supposed to be like this. Families asked to turn off their Christmas lights. Businesses required to shut down for hours for days on end. Utility executives demanding relief from the governor, warning that the state's electrical system is on... more


City News Service - Dec 08, 2000   
Consumer Group: Electricity Crisis Is Actually Utility Profiteering
The threat of rolling blackouts is masking the deregulated energy industry's attempts to manipulate electricity supplies to increase profits, a consumer advocacy group charged today.... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 08, 2000   
STATE DECLARES FIRST STAGE 3 POWER ALERT; 
EXPORTS ARE CURTAILED, OTHER STEPS TAKEN AS RESERVES DROP TO JUST 1.5%. OFFICIALS EXPECT FURTHER PROBLEMS
California's energy nightmare nearly came true Thursday as the strained electricity grid almost ran out of juice, threatening blackouts across the state.... more


San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 08, 2000   
PUC Commissioner Won't Quit
Besieged PUC Commissioner Rejects Calls for Resignation
One of the California's top utility commissioners yesterday rejected demands that he resign, despite a finding last week that he broke state rules by investing in a wireless company his agency regulates.... more


The Associated Press - Dec 02, 2000   
Governor outlines electricity plan; consumer advocates criticize it
Gov. Gray Davis outlined his plan to deal with the state's burgeoning electricity problems, but the long-awaited announcement drew criticism from consumer advocates.... more


Contra Costa Times - Dec 02, 2000   
California Governor Proposes Plan to Boost Deregulated Electricity Market
 SACRAMENTO, Calif.--Gov. Gray Davis offered a slate of modest proposals on Friday to invigorate California's deregulated electricity market and said the measures would remain "limited" and "transitional" as long as federal authorities crackdown on wholes... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 02, 2000   
CRITICS OF PUC MEMBER DELAY OUSTER SUIT
UTILITIES: GROUP WILL GIVE HENRY DUQUE A FEW DAYS TO RESIGN. HE DENIES KNOWING ABOUT CONFLICT OF INTEREST.
A consumer group pushing to remove a member of the powerful California Public Utilities Commission said Friday it will give him a few days to consider resigning before it files a lawsuit in state court to try to force him out over alleged conflict-of-inte... more


The New York Times - Dec 02, 2000   
California Governor Offers Steps on State Energy Policy
Gov. Gray Davis outlined his initial steps today to deal with California's energy problems, but consumer advocates said he did little to provide a reasonable solution for them.... more


Sacramento Bee - Dec 02, 2000   
Move to oust PUC member gets OK
Attorney General Bill Lockyer's office Friday gave the go-ahead for a consumer watchdog group to seek the removal of a member of the state Public Utilities Commission who bought stock of a company the PUC regulates.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Dec 02, 2000   
Davis offers proposals to invigorate deregulated electricity market
SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Gov. Gray Davis offered a collection of modest measures Friday to deal with the state's energy crisis, but he is considering a more sweeping recommendation that could cost consumers billions of dollars.... more


The Associated Press - Dec 02, 2000   
Governor wants utilities to halt sell-off of power-generating facilities
Gov. Gray Davis said Friday that utilities should be barred from selling off any more power plants and dams until California's turbulent wholesale electricity market smooths out.... more


San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 02, 2000   
Suit to Remove PUC Commissioner Gets Attorney General's Go-Ahead
Attorney General Bill Lockyer gave a Santa Monica watchdog group permission yesterday to file a lawsuit to remove one of the state's five utilities commissioners because the official bought stock in a wireless company his agency regulates.... more


The Associated Press - Dec 01, 2000   
Lockyer says consumer rights group can seek PUC member's dismissal
A consumer rights group can seek the removal of Henry Duque, a member of the state Public Utilities Commission, for conflict of interest violations stemming from a $10,000 stock purchase, the state attorney general said Friday.... more


Los Angeles Times - Dec 01, 2000   
STATE MUST CONSIDER REGULATION OF ELECTRICITY INDUSTRY, BURTON SAYS
UTILITIES: SENATE LEADER SEES PUBLIC POWER SYSTEM AS A POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOR CONSUMERS HIT BY RISING BILLS
State Senate leader John L. Burton agreed Thursday that Gov. Gray Davis and the Legislature must examine possible conversion of California's electricity industry to a public power system.... more


La Opinión - Nov 30, 2000   
Proponen revertir la desregularización de energía eléctrica
La lucha por mantener bajos los costos de electricidad podría llegar a las urnas electorales si la Legislatura y el gobernador no actúan de una manera apropiada en contra de las compañías de energía eléctrica, advirtió ayer un grupo de protección al consu... more


La Opinion - Nov 30, 2000   
Proponen revertir la desregularización de energía eléctrica
SACRAMENTO - La lucha por mantener bajos los costos de electricidad podría llegar a las urnas electorales si la Legislatura y el gobernador no actúan de una manera apropiada en contra de las compañías de energía eléctrica, advirtió ayer un grupo de protec... more


The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC) - Nov 29, 2000   
Group seeks reversal of utility deregulation
Sacramento, California -- A consumer group outraged at spiraling electric bills wants to put a ballot initiative before voters that would reverse the 1996 law deregulating California's power industry.... more


The Fresno Bee - Nov 29, 2000   
PG&E bills likely to go even higher
Utility says gas costs for December will shoot up by 65%.
Hang on to your wallet and lower your thermostat -- again. Pacific Gas and Electric Co., after calculating its natural gas rates for December, now says that household bills for California's most common heating fuel will surpass the dismal forecast it is... more


Los Angeles Times   - Nov 29, 2000   
ACTIVISTS PROPOSE BALLOT INITIATIVE TO REREGULATE ELECTRICITY INDUSTRY
ENERGY: GROUP PLANS 2002 MEASURE-- ALLOWING A STATE TAKEOVER--UNLESS THE LEGISLATURE AND THE GOVERNOR ACT FIRST
A consumer advocacy group announced a proposed ballot initiative Tuesday that would allow a takeover of the multibillion-dollar electricity industry in California by the state government.... more


Contra Costa Times - Nov 29, 2000   
Consumer group plans to bring electric costs to ballot box
SACRAMENTO, Calif._A consumer group vowed Tuesday to pursue an initiative that would re-regulate the electric utility industry if state lawmakers fail to take strong action in coming months to protect consumers.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Nov 29, 2000   
Group Plans Initiative to Limit Profit of California Electric Suppliers
 An advocacy group unveiled plans Tuesday for a statewide initiative that would limit how much profit electricity suppliers can make, require them to refund to consumers part of what they earned this year and essentially re-regulate the energy markets. ... more


Sacramento Bee - Nov 29, 2000   
End power woes or we'll turn to ballot, consumer group says
If California lawmakers don't re-regulate electric rates and create a new statewide public power system, both issues will go to the voters in a 2002 ballot initiative, one consumer group vowed Tuesday.... more


The Orange County Register - Nov 29, 2000   
Let state own electric utilities, group says
Proposed ballot initiative could pressure Gov. Davis to consider public ownership
SACRAMENTO - The state should buy out private utility companies and replace them with a government-run agency that would produce and deliver electricity, a consumer group proposed Tuesday, unveiling its solution for the state's troubled power system.... more


Riverside Press-Enterprise - Nov 29, 2000   
Activist targets utilities for ballot measure
The proposal in the works for the 2002 election would restore regulation of privately owned power firms.
SACRAMENTO Depicting producers and distributors of electricity as a menace to California's prosperity, a consumer activist vowed Tuesday to organize a ratepayers' revolt in the next statewide general election.... more


The Wall Street Journal - Nov 29, 2000   
Consumer Activist Pushes Ballot Initiative To Undo California-Power Deregulation
LOS ANGELES -- Harvey Rosenfield, a consumer activist who has made a career of tapping public anger at corporate interests, is drafting a ballot initiative aimed at reversing electricity deregulation in California.... more


San Diego Union-Tribune - Nov 29, 2000   
State electricity takeover may be put on ballot
SACRAMENTO -- An influential consumer advocate is drafting a voter initiative that would replace California's troubled move into a deregulated electrical market with a state-owned power system... more


San Francisco Chronicle - Nov 29, 2000   
Electricity Regulation Proposed for State Ballot
Consumer group wants agency to run power grid
Sacramento -- Raising the stakes in the debate over skyrocketing energy prices, a leading consumer advocate proposed a ballot initiative yesterday to scrap California's deregulated electricity market and transform it into a state-run system.... more


Associated Press - Nov 28, 2000   
Consumer advocate eyes ballot initiative on deregulation
A consumer group, outraged at spiraling electric bills, is crafting a ballot initiative to let the public run California's flawed electricity system unless politicians protect ratepayers from price spikes. ... more


Dow Jones Newswires - Nov 28, 2000   
Calif Consumer Group Submits Elec Rereg Ballot Initiative
LOS ANGELES -(Dow Jones)- A California consumer group submitted a draft ballot initiative to the governor and state legislature Tuesday calling for a publicly owned and controlled electricity system. ... more


San Jose Mercury News - Nov 23, 2000   
PG&E plan to raise rates 16 percent sparks outcry from consumers
SAN JOSE, Calif._Beginning Jan. 1, the typical Bay Area resident's electric bill could rise $9 a month _ a 16.5 percent jump that could be followed by several more over the next few years. ... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Nov 18, 2000   
Edison to pursue issue of market manipulation
LOS ANGELES -- Southern California Edison said yesterday that in a filing next Wednesday it would "hammer home" to federal regulators its belief that there was manipulation of California's electricity market this summer. Wednesday is the deadline for... more


Los Angeles Times   - Nov 18, 2000   
SCE SEEKS RATE HIKE, RATE-SETTING AUTHORITY
POWER: EDISON'S PROPOSAL TO PUC WOULD BOOST THE CUSTOMER'S COST BY 9.9% AND ASKS FOR AN EARLY END TO THE FREEZE
Southern California Edison is increasing the pressure on state regulators to allow it to pass high wholesale electricity rates on to customers through an initial rate hike of nearly 10% plus new authority to set its own rates--a combination that could mea... more


Los Angeles Times - Nov 15, 2000   
DAVIS SEEKS PRICE CONTROLS ON ELECTRICITY
GOVERNOR ALSO ASKS FEDERAL REGULATORS TO GIVE REFUNDS TO CALIFORNIA CONSUMERS WHO FELT THE IMPACT OF DEREGULATION THIS SUMMER WITH HIGH BILLS
Gov. Gray Davis warned federal energy regulators Tuesday of a "ratepayer revolt" unless they order refunds and immediate price controls to keep bills from skyrocketing under California's newly deregulated electricity market.... more


Stockton Record - Nov 12, 2000   
Politicians, activists seek utility re-regulation
Five months after California's experiment with deregulation sent electricity prices soaring, state policy-makers haven't come anywhere close to a consensus on how to solve the problem.... more


Los Angeles Times - Nov 03, 2000   
State Utilities Left With Burden of Reclaiming Costs From Crisis
Issue will remain unsettled until next year when a new agreement is reached and flaws in deregulation are fixed
The $6-billion wrecking ball that is waiting to slam either California consumers or the utility industry is back in the control of state officials after a federal commission this week failed to even address the problem.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Nov 02, 2000   
Feds say power companies overcharged but won't order refunds
SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Federal regulators Wednesday said California's electricity rates last summer were "unjust and unreasonable" but found no grounds to order refunds in a much-anticipated report that left many in the state disappointed. State leaders, ut... more


Los Angeles Times - Nov 02, 2000   
U.S. Urges Major Fixes For State's Power Market
Federal Panel Says Electricity Crisis Is Product Of Flaws In Deregulation, But It Stops Short Of Ordering Reductions In Sky-High Prices
California's electricity crisis is the product of flaws in the deregulated market and a long-term shortage of power in the state, federal regulators said Wednesday, proposing sweeping changes to fix the $ 23-billion electricity trade.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Nov 02, 2000   
Feds say power companies overcharged but won't order refunds
Federal regulators Wednesday said California's electricity rates last summer were "unjust and unreasonable" but found no grounds to order refunds in a much-anticipated report that left many in the state disappointed.... more


San Francisco Chronicle - Nov 02, 2000   
U.S Nudges State Over Energy Prices
Changes proposed in deregulation plan
However, consumer groups dismissed these moves as a ``whitewash.'' They lashed out at the commission for not ordering ratepayer refunds despite regulators concluding that California electricity costs are ``unjust and unreasonable.'' ... more


Los Angeles Times - Oct 27, 2000   
Edison, Consumer Advocates Disagree On Rate Plan
Electricity: At Hearing Today, The Utilities Are Expected To Push For An End To The Freeze, While Aiming For A 10% Increase
Southern California Edison executives said Thursday that their proposal to boost electricity rates would increase a typical residential bill by about $ 5.50 a month. But consumer advocates viewed the matter differently,... more


Orange County Register - Oct 23, 2000   
Who'll pay $5.1 billion electric bill?
UTILITIES: Deregulation and soaring costs have created a politically charged dilemma.
Customers of the state's two largest power companies will soon learn whether they'll have to pay a $5.1 billion electric bill.... more


Chicago Tribune - Oct 19, 2000   
Oil Companies Created Midwest Gap, Group Says
A California-based consumer watchdog group on Wednesday accused the major oil companies of creating a gasoline shortage that sent prices soaring to more than $2 a gallon in Chicago and Milwaukee by shipping inventories to other states and abroad.... more


Chicago Sun-Times - Oct 19, 2000   
Oil Sent Out of Midwest on Purpose, Study Says
The oil industry intentionally sent reserves out of the Midwest and exported other supplies to foreign countries earlier this year to artificially create shortages, a new study asserts.... more


Associated Press - Oct 18, 2000   
Report Accuses Oil Companies of Cutting Inventory
A nonprofit consumer rights organization released a study Wednesday accusing oil companies of intentionally sending reserves out of the Midwest to create shortages that sent prices higher than $2 a gallon in some parts of the region last summer. ... more


United Press International - Oct 18, 2000   
Gas Hikes Could Become Annual Event
A consumer group sympathetic to environmental interests said Wednesday the gasoline price hikes of the summer of 2000 could become an annual event unless the federal government intervenes.... more


San Francisco Chronicle - Oct 05, 2000   
Watchdog Group Goes After PUC Commissioner Duque
A government watchdog group launched a legal maneuver yesterday to oust one of the state's five utility commissioners because he invested nearly $10,000 in a mobile-phone company his agency regulates.... more


San Diego Union Tribune - Sep 27, 2000   
PG&E, Edison seek OK to bill consumers for price-hike debt
The crisis caused by electrical deregulation -- which has blown budgets across San Diego -- is now leading Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric to press for approval to back-charge their customers more than $4 billion for this summer's pr... more


Stockton Record - Sep 27, 2000   
Utility bills may charge up election
A second major utility has announced its intention to bill customers for costs associated with this summer's skyrocketing power prices, but consumer advocates tried to throw up a roadblock Tuesday by injecting the issue into state political races.... more


Los Angeles Times - Sep 27, 2000   
Consumer Groups Seek Rate Protection
Electricity: Activists push legislators to promise that customers won't be forced to cover rising wholesale costs
Consumer activists on Tuesday blasted increasingly aggressive strategies by Southern California Edison and the state's other big utilities to recover their mounting wholesale electricity costs and called for lawmakers to promise that ratepayers won't bear... more


San Francisco Chronicle - Sep 25, 2000   
Power Plants Ask for Huge Tax Breaks
Counties resist pressure to reduce valuations
Companies that bought up power plants under the state's deregulation program are now filing challenges to county tax assessments, arguing in some cases that the plants are worth only a fraction of their sale prices. ... more


San Jose Mercury News - Sep 21, 2000   
PG&E rate shock feared
Higher charges will be sought, but CEO says they would be spread out
PG&E may seek to lift a state cap on Northern California's electric rates later this year, the company's top official said Wednesday, potentially exposing consumers to rate hikes months earlier than the utility company had indicated last week. ... more


Stockton Record - Sep 18, 2000   
Higher utility bills a step closer
PUC to hear companies' plans to pass costs onto customers
The California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday opened a door that could allow utilities to double the price their customers pay for electricity despite a state-imposed rate freeze. ... more


Sacramento Bee - Aug 31, 2000   
Race Is On To Provide Help On Electric Woes
With their final adjournment scheduled for midnight tonight, state legislators are in a frantic, last-minute struggle to ease the sky-high electric bills enraging San Diego-area residents and head off possible rate increases for millions of other Californ... more


Associated Press - Aug 30, 2000   
Electricity Compromise Emerges In Legislature
A rescue plan for San Diego's strapped utility customers moved through the Legislature on Wednesday night, offering a $150 million bailout, lower rates and a speedup in power plant construction.... more


Los Angeles Times - Aug 29, 2000   
San Diego Officials Decry Rate Plan
 Camped in Sacramento to plead for relief from electricity bills that have cost San Diegans hundreds of million of dollars extra this summer, San Diego County supervisors on Monday attacked Gov. Gray Davis' proposed rate relief plan as a sham. ... more


Associated Press - Aug 06, 2000   
Hundreds of bills, dozens of fund-raisers set for end of session
The legislative equivalent of crunch time starts Monday when lawmakers return from a monthlong recess to decide hundreds of issues ranging from skyrocketing electricity rates to more money for bicycle lanes.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jul 21, 2000   
Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Utility Bills
Energy: Reacting to complaints about soaring costs in San Diego County, they plan to consider amending, delaying or killing deregulation bill
Faced with growing public outrage over soaring utility bills in San Diego and southern Orange County, state legislators Thursday agreed to hold a hearing on whether to amend, delay or even repeal the utility deregulation bill blamed for the increases.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jul 20, 2000   
Oxy Cashes In On Oil Price Spikes
 In the first of a series of oil industry reports likely to rekindle consumer charges of profiteering, Occidental Petroleum Corp. said Wednesday that its profit surged to a record high... more


Los Angeles Times - Jul 20, 2000   
Oxy Cashes In On Oil Price Spike
Energy: Soaring Profit Reflects Run- Up In Cost Of Crude Oil From A Year Ago. Other Companies Are Expected To Report Similar Results.
 In the first of a series of oil industry reports likely to rekindle consumer charges of profiteering, Occidental Petroleum Corp. said Wednesday that its profit surged to a record high.... more


San Diego Union Tribune - Jul 08, 2000   
S.D. urged to make best of a bad electric deal
Long-term contract would lock in prices
The proponents of electrical deregulation in California -- who promised that open markets would bring an array of consumer choices and lower prices -- are now encouraging San Diego to contract for years with a single power provider at prices likely far hi... more


San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 16, 2000   
Break Oil Companies' Hold On Gas Prices
The consistently high gasoline prices in the Bay Area have been blamed on price "spikes" caused by shortages of fuel due to California refinery outages, crude oil production cuts by the OPEC cartel and California's special clean-burning fuel standards.... more


San Francisco Examiner - Jan 30, 2000   
Lynch ready to energize PUC post
Longtime Davis ally expected to be named commission president
Never one to straddle the fence, Loretta Lynch climbed over one last spring to get to an important meeting with Gov. Davis and a land developer... more


In The Media - Pre-2000


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