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In The Media - 2001

The San Diego Union-Tribune - Dec 28, 2001   
Paying the light bill
Battles over deregulation will be fought
For months, SDG&E residential customers have opened their statements and considered themselves lucky -- lucky they\'ve emerged from the energy crisis with bills often just 25 percent higher than before.... more


Communications Daily - Dec 26, 2001   
TELECOM
Cal. state court is expected to decide by end of Jan. on lawsuit over Cal. PUC Comr. Henry Duque's ownership in 1999 and 2000 of stock in wireless carrier Nextel.... more


East Bay Express - Dec 26, 2001   
Gas Pains
Texans snickered, but we all got snookered in the end
On January 16, 2001, California utility giants Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison officially defaulted on payments to power companies around the country. On January 17, the first rolling blackouts began across the state.... more


Modesto Bee - Dec 23, 2001   
PUC CHIEF JOINS CROWD URGING NEW LOOK AT POWER DEALS
LITTLE CHOICE BUT TO SIGN LAST WINTER, LYNCH SAYS, BUT CALIFORNIA NEEDS TO RENEGOTIATE
In hindsight, state Public Utilities Commission President Loretta Lynch doesn't think Gov. Davis had much choice but to sign a batch of expensive long-term contracts for electricity last spring.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 23, 2001   
More losers than winners in power play
It's going to take state and federal investigators a while longer to figure out who was naughty and nice in California's energy crisis. The facts are still coming to light even as the last blackout fades into memory.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 21, 2001   
State auditor is critical of energy deals
Assessment says consumers could be stuck for billions
Gov. Gray Davis and California energy officials spent too much on long-term power contracts that also leave the state vulnerable to electricity shortages during peak demand times, the California state auditor said yesterday.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Dec 21, 2001   
Audit slams weaknesses in state's power purchases
In their rush to sign $42.6 billion in long-term electricity contracts earlier this year, California authorities failed to adequately protect consumers against price spikes and blackouts, the state auditor reported Thursday.... more


The Associated Press - Dec 20, 2001   
Enron's California customers analyze their power options
The roughly 40,000 California customers of fallen energy giant Enron Corp. are in a pickle.... more


The Associated Press - Dec 18, 2001   
Duque says he didn't know PUC regulated wireless industry
Henry Duque, a six-year member of the California Public Utilities Commission, testified Monday that he didn't know until last year that his agency regulates the wireless telecommunications industry.... more


Associated Press - Dec 18, 2001   
California utility commissioner said he didn't know commission regulates wireless companies
A member of the California Public Utilities Commission who invested $10,000 in one of the nation's largest wireless communications companies said he did not know the PUC regulated the industry.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 18, 2001   
Utility commissioner pleads case in stock deal
Fending off a suit to remove him from office, one of the state's top utility commissioners testified yesterday that he had no idea investing $27,000 in a mobile-phone company violated state law until a Chronicle reporter asked him about it 15 months late... more


San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 18, 2001   
Utility commissioner pleads case in stock deal
PUC official pleads case in stock deal
Fending off a suit to remove him from office, one of the state\'s top utility commissioners testified yesterday that he had no idea investing $27, 000 in a mobile-phone company violated state law until a Chronicle reporter asked him about it 15 months lat... more


Community Television Foundation of South Florida - Dec 14, 2001   
Nightly Business Report
(Partial Transcript)
Well, what a difference a year makes. In California a year ago, electricity prices were soaring, supplies were dropping and the state was hit with rolling blackouts.... more


United Press International - Dec 04, 2001   
Analysis: New calls for 're-regulation'
Enron's dramatic plunge into bankruptcy this week has stirred up visceral emotions over more than just the images of hundreds of employees at Enron's Houston headquarters being cashiered just in time for Christmas.... more


Financial Times (London) - Dec 03, 2001   
DEREGULATION: The collapse of Enron
Collapse will not halt pressure for change
Enron's collapse is unlikely to reverse the steady march towards a deregulated US electricity market, but it provides new ammunition for opponents who fear that consumers will get crushed by energy giants.... more


The Fresno Bee - Dec 02, 2001   
Some feel in dark on power crisis after utility backs holiday lighting
One issue on the street this holiday season seems something like belief in the anti-Santa. Do you or did you believe ardently enough in the energy crisis to go without Christmas lights?... more


Los Angeles Times - Nov 30, 2001   
Enron Gets Zapped by Its Own Greed
When the stock of energy giant Enron fell to 36 cents per share this week from a high of $84 this year, the market finally accepted the reality... more


Los Angeles Times - Nov 25, 2001   
California Wary of Dynegy Bid to Buy Out Enron
Both companies are prominent players in the state's power market. The move to combine their strength is raising some concerns.
Dynegy Inc. of Houston has been hailed as a hero on Wall Street, as it rides to deliver cross-town rival Enron Corp. from its self-inflicted ills... more


San Antonio Express-News - Nov 24, 2001   
California may have energy surplus
After having to scrounge for enough electricity to keep the lights on this year, this state could find itself stuck with a big - and costly - surplus of power over the next decade, a California analysis says.... more


Contra Costa Times - Nov 20, 2001   
Enron: The power that was
The dramatic fall of Enron Corp., the Houston trading firm that pioneered and profited from increased competition in the electricity and natural gas industries, puts an additional note of discord into California's troubled experiment in deregulation.... more


San Diego Union Tribune - Nov 17, 2001   
Power to the people?
As electricity crisis eases, so does push for public ownership
As California slid into the electricity crisis last year, a move toward a publicly owned power system gathered steam as the solution to failed deregulation and runaway prices.... more


Los Angeles Times - Nov 16, 2001   
Generators Add to Davis Coffers
To critics' dismay, he accepts $50,000 from energy firms, saying they're not on 'gougers list.'
Gov. Gray Davis accepted $50,000 in campaign donations from power companies in October, after having sworn off raising money from them as the energy crisis worsened earlier this year, campaign finance reports show.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Nov 16, 2001   
Governor's greased lighting
Davis criticized for accepting money from power companies
After having sworn off campaign contributions from energy companies, Gov. Gray Davis has started taking money from power providers seeking to do business with the state.... more


Los Angeles Times - Nov 12, 2001   
'Champagne Campaign' Pops as Riordan Launches
The armband brigade at the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights does some cutting and folding to put the Legislature on notice.... more


Los Angeles Times - Nov 10, 2001   
Smaller Rival to Acquire Teetering Enron
Energy giant that pressed for deregulation in California is on the brink of collapse.
Enron Corp., the once-highflying energy giant whose aggressive efforts to profit from California\'s energy deregulation made it a target of consumer and political backlash, on Friday agreed to be saved from possible financial collapse through a proposed a... more


The Associated Press - Nov 09, 2001   
Judge refuses to grant stay in $3.3 billion settlement
Opponents promised to take their case to a higher court after a federal judge refused Friday to block a $3.3 billion settlement between Southern California Edison and power regulators.... more


The Associated Press - Nov 09, 2001   
Enron not California's largest power supplier, but merger could affect prices
When Houston-based Dynegy Inc. announced Friday that it had bought Enron, its larger rival for $7.8 billion shares of stock, some energy traders predicted fluctuating power prices in the coming months throughout the West as the market settles into a new h... more


The Associated Press - Nov 08, 2001   
Powerful committee chairman has multiple fund-raising activities going
When Assemblyman Rod Wright cut short a committee hearing last August, he said lawmakers needed more time to study a complicated utility bailout plan before voting on it.... more


Los Angeles Times - Nov 08, 2001   
Enron in Takeover Talks With Dynegy
Enron Corp., the troubled energy-trading giant, was in talks Wednesday over a possible takeover by Houston neighbor and rival Dynegy Inc., industry sources said.... more


The Houston Chronicle - Nov 04, 2001   
California tones down insults as Enron experiences woes of its own
If there's one market that might applaud the mounting financial woes facing energy giant Enron Corp., it's California, whose power sector was shattered by the market deregulation that Enron tirelessly champions.... more


The Associated Press - Oct 31, 2001   
Federal court temporarily blocks Edison debt payment plan
A federal appeals court temporarily has blocked a settlement between California's second-largest utility and state power regulators that would keep electric rates at record highs for the next two years.... more


Energy Daily - Oct 31, 2001   
Court Halts Southern California Edison Rescue
Throwing a wrench in state plans to rescue financially ailing Southern California Edison, an appeals court Tuesday gave consumer groups a reason to cheer by temporarily staying an agreement between the utility and state regulators, sending it back before... more


The Associated Press - Oct 26, 2001   
Low demand led state to give away power, pay utilities to take it
Demand for electricity in California has been so low at times that the state has had to give away power and even pay utilities to take it, according to state financial records.... more


Los Angeles Times - Oct 20, 2001   
State's Electric Bill Gets Lighter
Davis and the PUC clash over why only a fraction of the 20% reduction will be passed on to consumers.
California now expects its electricity bill to be 20% less than estimated as recently as two months ago, opening the door for utility rate reductions or a smaller energy bond sale, the Davis administration said Friday.... more


Contra Costa Times - Oct 20, 2001   
California Battle over Electricity Rate-Setting Shows No Signs of Letting Up
Gov. Gray Davis wants control of your electricity bills, a power that has been held for nearly a century by an independent state commission that is extremely reluctant to give it away.... more


Los Angeles Times - Oct 19, 2001   
Project to Boost Flow of Energy
Firms, agencies would build new line to ease clog that helped cause rolling blackouts.
A group of major energy companies will play a key role in building a new power transmission line to ease a notorious bottleneck that limits the flow of electricity from Southern to Northern California, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced Thursday.... more


The Associated Press - Oct 18, 2001   
State officials to start renegotiating long-term power deals
State power officials plan to rework some of the long-term state's long-term energy contracts, which an administration official says commit the state to buying more power than it needs.... more


Power Markets Week - Oct 15, 2001   
CONSUMER GROUPS, QFS LINE UP TO FIGHT PUC-SOCAL ED DEAL, COLLUSION ALLEGED
Southern California Edison's settlement with the state Public Utilities Commission is not facing a smooth road to acceptance by everyone in California, with at least two consumer groups planning to appeal... more


Los Angeles Times - Oct 08, 2001   
DreamWorks Trio Lend Clout to Exec's Council Bid
The battle may be largely over now that the state Public Utilities Commission has reached a settlement to allow Southern California Edison to avoid bankruptcy, but a leading opponent of any bailout condemned the utility... more


The Recorder - Oct 08, 2001   
FOES FIGHT ON AS JUDGE OKS EDISON DEAL
A Los Angeles federal judge signed off on a $3.3 billion settlement between the California Public Utilities Commission and Southern California Edison Friday, angering consumer groups who called the ruling a "travesty of justice."... more


Sacramento Bee - Oct 06, 2001   
Judge OKs rescue plan for Edison Consumer groups plan to appeal the ruling, and two generators threaten other action.
Its multibillion-dollar rescue plan OK'd by a federal judge Friday, Southern California Edison pledged to repay its debts by next March.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Oct 06, 2001   
Judge OKs $3.3 billion Edison rescue
Consumer groups irate over secret deal to keep utility out of bankruptcy
A federal judge approved a $3.3 billion rescue plan yesterday for Southern California Edison, just three days after the state's Public Utilities Commission endorsed the plan.... more


Utility Environment Report - Oct 05, 2001   
DAVIS, CONSUMER GROUPS WORRY THAT PG&E REORGANIZATION EVADES STATE REGULATION
While Pacific Gas and Electric\'s chief executive says the utility\'s plan to reorganize as part of its bankruptcy recovery plan will assure customers of stable rates and allow the company to emerge from bankruptcy without a state bailout, California Gov... more


The New York Times - Oct 05, 2001   
Power Crisis Abates, but It Hounds Gov. Davis
Gov. Gray Davis spoke animatedly with a cluster of national guardsmen today at a training compound here just south of Los Angeles, emphasizing his support for their critical mission: protecting airports.... more


The Associated Press - Oct 05, 2001   
Federal judge mulls Edison-PUC settlement as parties weigh in
A federal judge on Friday will consider a settlement designed to keep Southern California Edison out of bankruptcy.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Oct 04, 2001   
Davis walks energy tightrope;
Governor can now distance himself from Edison deal
Gray Davis said this week's from-out-of-nowhere deal to save Southern California Edison wasn't his idea, but it is one more example of how he has maneuvered through energy crisis politics.... more


The Associated Press - Oct 04, 2001   
Edison rates to remain high under utility's deal with state
Consumer advocates warn that Southern California Edison customers, already saddled with last spring's record rate increase until 2003, could face even more rate hikes in the months ahead.... more


La Opinión - Oct 04, 2001   
Lanzan críticas contra el acuerdo con Edison
Defensores del consumidor denuncian que la PUC dio la espalda a los usuarios
Un día después que la compañía de suministro eléctrico Southern California Edison llegara a un acuerdo con la Comisión de Servicios Públicos (PUC) para pagar su deuda, grupos de defensa del consumidor han atacado la decisión... more


The Associated Press - Oct 04, 2001   
The effects of Southern California Edison's settlement
Q: What does Edison's proposed settlement with state regulators mean for customers?... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Oct 03, 2001   
PUC won't OK state's long-term contracts
Edison settlement avoids bankruptcy
In a pair of actions that could reshape California's energy strategy, state utility regulators blocked a payment plan yesterday for state power contracts they consider too costly... more


Contra Costa Times - Oct 03, 2001   
PUC shocks Gov. Davis on rates, utility bailout
In a memorable Tuesday, the California Public Utilities Commission defied Gov. Gray Davis and reaffirmed its power to set electricity rates. Then, after lunch, it bailed out the state\'s second largest utility.... more


La Opinión - Oct 03, 2001   
Acuerdo para salvar a Southern California Edison
El gobernador cancela la sesión extraordinaria de la Legislatura
En un inesperado desarrollo en el debate por rescatar a la compañía de suministro eléctrico Southern California Edison de la bancarrota, la Comisión de Servicios Públicos de California (PUC), un organismo cuyos miembros son nominados por el gobernador... more


Sacramento Bee - Oct 03, 2001   
PUC, Edison reach deal on debts
Ending months of lawsuits and legislative debate, utility regulators and Southern California Edison struck a deal Tuesday that both say could keep the state's second-largest utility from following Pacific Gas and Electric Co. into bankruptcy court.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Oct 03, 2001   
PUC halts $12.5 billion bond sale, aids Edison rescue
State power regulators appointed by Gov. Gray Davis defied him yesterday by blocking a $12.5 billion bond to repay the state for power purchases, potentially forcing big cuts in state programs next year.... more


La Opinión - Oct 02, 2001   
Se acerca el rescate de la Edison
Aunque hay mucho que negociar, prometen que habrá acuerdo
Una semana más tarde de lo anticipado, se llevará a cabo la sesión extraordinaria de la Legislatura para rescatar de la bancarrota a la empresa de distribución de electricidad Southern California Edison... more


The Associated Press - Oct 02, 2001   
Regulators announce Edison rescue plan, consumers claim bailout
State power regulators on Tuesday settled a suit by Southern California Edison, allowing the utility to pay its estimated $3 billion debt in part by retaining record rate hikes levied on customers this spring.... more


City News Service of Los Angeles - Oct 02, 2001   
SCE Settlement
A federal judge held off today on signing a proposed settlement that Southern California Edison reached with the state's utilities commission, until all interested parties have time to comment on it.... more


Ventura County Star - Sep 29, 2001   
Senator: Bailout will cost public
McClintock speaks to utility's workers, decries Gov. Davis' push for bill.
State Sen. Tom McClintock told 50 Southern California Edison employees outside his Thousand Oaks office Friday morning that he opposes a bill that allows the utility to sell bonds to erase a $2.9 billion debt.... more


Sacramento Bee - Sep 28, 2001   
Davis orders energy session Legislators are told to report back to discuss a plan for Edison as Angelides continues to push for a bond issue.
Gov. Gray Davis on Thursday formally summoned legislators back to the Capitol on Oct. 9 - one week later than expected - to devise a plan to put Southern California Edison back into the power-buying business.... more


Energy Daily - Sep 28, 2001   
PG&E Chief: FERC Delays Are Biggest Threat To Reorganization
Despite howls of protest from California officials and consumer groups, the head of PG&E Corp. said this week he is very confident that the reorganization plan the company submitted in bankruptcy court last week will be enacted.... more


Los Angeles Times - Sep 28, 2001   
Legislative Session to Aid Edison Is Delayed
Davis asks lawmakers to report Oct. 9 to vote on a plan, not yet devised, to keep the utility from filing for bankruptcy.
Gov. Gray Davis issued a proclamation Thursday calling for a special legislative session to begin Oct. 9 so he can push lawmakers to approve a rescue plan for Southern California Edison.... more


The Associated Press - Sep 27, 2001   
State treasurer urges regulators to set stage for bond sale
State Treasurer Phil Angelides said Thursday that delays by the California Public Utilities Commission mean the state won't issue $12.5 billion in energy bonds to repay the state general fund until next year.... more


Business Week Online - Sep 25, 2001   
PG&E's Solvency Plan Has Sparks Flying
The utility says it can get out of bankruptcy without any government funds, but critics see a scheme to evade state regulations
California's simmering electricity crisis got what seemed like a jolt of good news on Sept. 20, when PG&E (PCG), the nation's largest electricity and gas provider, announced a plan to get its utility business out of bankruptcy in record time -- and with... more


Contra Costa Times - Sep 21, 2001   
PG&E PARENT WOULD GET ITS ASSETS
BANKRUPTCY JUDGE WILL HAVE FINAL SAY ON STRATEGY TO PAY CREDITORS IN FULL
A plan to restore bankrupt PG&E to fiscal health would transfer its power plants to its parent corporation, a move that worries state officials who would no longer be able to regulate a potentially cheap energy source.... more


The Associated Press - Sep 19, 2001   
Deal to rescue Southern California Edison dies in Senate
Gov. Gray Davis called a third emergency legislative session early Saturday, after the Senate failed to vote on a plan to rescue Southern California Edison from bankruptcy.... more


Energy Daily - Sep 18, 2001   
California Lawmakers Punt On SCE Bailout; Governor To Try Again
The California Senate balked last week at legislation that would restore Southern California Edison to financial health, choosing instead to adjourn early Saturday without voting on the controversial bill.... more


The Electricity Daily - Sep 18, 2001   
Gov. Davis Calls Yet Another Session
It's the California version of "The Perils of Pauline." California Gov. Gray Davis has promised to haul lawmakers back for a third "extraordinary session" ....... more


The Associated Press - Sep 17, 2001   
Burton: No Special Session Necessary for Energy Issues
Consumer groups and the Senate's top Democrat said Monday there's no need for an extra legislative attempt to save beleaguered Southern California Edison from bankruptcy.... more


The Associated Press - Sep 17, 2001   
Developments in California's Energy Crisis
Senate Leader John Burton and a consumer group question the need for the another extraordinary legislative session to deal with Southern California's financial woes... more


Los Angeles Times - Sep 16, 2001   
Meter Is Running on Fate of Edison
The governor orders lawmakers to reconvene to solve the utility's problems, but bankruptcy might happen first.
Now that the state Legislature has failed to pass a bill to rescue Southern California Edison, the state's second-largest electricity utility lingers in a dangerous limbo between nervous creditors and a rebellious state Senate that is refusing to back the... more


The Associated Press - Sep 15, 2001   
Lawmakers scramble to find Edison solution
A Senate version of a plan to keep Southern California Edison from going bankrupt won't work, Gov. Gray Davis said Friday as the Legislature's time to act was running out.... more


Sacramento Bee - Sep 15, 2001   
No Edison deal as Senate adjourns
Prospects for the Assembly-passed bill were dim in the Senate.
The state Senate adjourned for the year early today without reaching agreement on an effort to keep Southern California Edison out of bankruptcy, prompting Gov. Gray Davis to say he will call lawmakers back to try again in a special session within two wee... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Sep 15, 2001   
Lawmakers dive into mountains of bills
With American flags draped over some of their desks, lawmakers yesterday spent the last day of their 2001 session plowing through bills ranging from a rescue plan for one of the state's utilities to financial aid to the victims of New York's terrorist a... more


The Associated Press - Sep 14, 2001   
Time running out on Edison deal
Gov. Gray Davis said Friday he's concerned that a version of his deal to save Southern California Edison that's currently under consideration by the Senate won't keep the utility from bankruptcy.... more


The Associated Press - Sep 13, 2001   
Time running out on Edison deal
State lawmakers prepared to rush through hundreds of measures in the remaining two days of the legislative session, but one massive issue remained unsolved Thursday - if and how the state will help Southern California Edison avoid bankruptcy.... more


Sacramento News & Review - Sep 13, 2001   
Watchdogs Prowl the Capitol
Volunteers from the "War Room" lobby to stop the Edison bailout bill
Today's battle would be crucial. If this mostly volunteer army could stop the offensive by Governor Gray Davis and the Democrats, there was hope for killing the $2.9 billion bailout package to Southern California Edison, and maybe even restoring the prosp... more


THE ELECTRICITY DAILY - Sep 11, 2001   
Tying a Yellow Ribbon Around SoCal Edison
While the California Legislature's Southern California Edison rescue bill goes to conference committee where details may be worked out by the end of session Sept. 14, lawmakers who have been pushing the bailout are skeptical that any compromise will a... more


The Bond Buyer - Sep 10, 2001   
It's Back to California's Senate for Proposed Edison Rescue
The California Senate today may consider an amended version of a bill, narrowly approved by the Assembly last week, that would keep Southern California Edison out of bankruptcy.... more


Los Angeles Times - Sep 10, 2001   
State Faces Crunch Time to Deal With Electricity Costs
With one week left in legislative session, lawmakers and regulators want to resolve questions on how California will recoup its expenditures during power crisis
After a summer of delays, California regulators and legislators are aiming in one final week to resolve issues crucial to millions of electricity customers and the financial stability of the state and its utilities.... more


Los Angeles Times - Sep 10, 2001   
Rosenfield Looks Down on Bailout
From a suite on the 13th floor of Sacramento's newest hotel, consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield has been plotting a guerrilla operation aimed at thwarting the proposed government bailout of Southern California Edison, which was moving through the Assemb... more


Energy Daily - Sep 10, 2001   
Cal. Assembly OKs SCE Rescue Deal
California's State Assembly narrowly approved its version of a rescue plan for Southern California Edison late last week, although the $2.9 billion deal still faces an imminent, possibly nasty battle in the Senate.... more


Associated Press - Sep 08, 2001   
Bailout of Edison utility could ignite voter battle
Consumer advocates say if the bill to help the utility passes they will try to overturn it with a ballot measure next year
As lawmakers advance a plan to rescue Southern California Edison from bankruptcy, consumer advocates are gearing up for the ballot-box fight to overturn it.... more


Los Angeles Times - Sep 08, 2001   
Assembly OKs Bill to Rebuild Edison's Finances
Foes say the plan, which faces hurdles in the Senate, is a bailout.
Despite threats of a ballot backlash, the state Assembly late Thursday approved a $2.9-billion bill to restore Southern California Edison to something close to financial health.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Sep 07, 2001   
Assembly passes bill to rescue Edison
The Assembly narrowly approved a rescue plan for Southern California Edison yesterday, but the controversial legislation still faces an uphill battle before becoming law.... more


Los Angeles Times - Sep 07, 2001   
Assembly OKs Bill to Rebuild Edison's Finances
Lawmakers battle late into the night over the $2.9-billion package pushed by Gov. Davis. Foes say the plan, which faces hurdles in the Senate, is a bailout.
Despite threats of a ballot backlash, the state Assembly late Thursday approved a $2.9-billion bill to restore Southern California Edison to something close to financial health. ... more


LA Weekly - Sep 07, 2001   
PROGRESSIVES TO SCE'S RESCUE
It's the yellow armbands against the dark suits, as consumer activists (the ones with the yellow armbands) go up against Governor Gray Davis and his Edison International allies... more


LA Weekly - Sep 07, 2001   
LIGHT AND DARKNESS
The California Power Authority is up and running amid widespread criticism not just from the right, which has always opposed it, but from the left.... more


The Associated Press - Sep 06, 2001   
Assembly approves deal to rescue Southern California Edison
The state Assembly approved a bill Thursday evening that would let Southern California Edison shift repayment of much of its $3.9 billion debt to business customers.... more


Los Angeles Times - Sep 04, 2001   
Now Davis Doing Too Much, Energy Critics Say
Faulted early on for responding sluggishly to the energy crisis, Gov. Gray Davis has reversed course in dramatic fashion, wielding his executive powers in a way critics now say edges toward imperiousness.... more


Sacramento Bee - Sep 04, 2001   
It's the season for fund raising
'Capitol tradition' is at the climax of the session's legislation.
They're the most expensive meals in town. A $1,000 smoothie, a $2,000 plate of Mexican food, some $750 calamari - all served with the smiling face of your favorite politician.... more


The Associated Press - Sep 04, 2001   
Assembly committee approves Edison rescue plan
A key Assembly committee approved a bill Tuesday to rescue near-bankrupt Southern California Edison, sending the measure to the full Assembly for approval.... more


Utility Business - Sep 01, 2001   
The Struggle To Move On
California has made it through the summer. Now it faces the consequences of its energy woes.... more


Dow Jones Newswires - Aug 31, 2001   
Calif Assembly Committee Passes Elec Profits Tax Bill 5-2
A Senate bill that would place a windfall-profits tax on electricity sales in California passed the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee late Thursday on a 5-2 vote along party lines. ... more


San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 30, 2001   
Assembly OKs bailout plan for Edison
Consumer advocates say costly bailout would be a disaster
In a battle that pitted the yellow armbands against the dark suits, an Assembly committee yesterday approved a plan it hopes will keep Southern California Edison out of bankruptcy.... more


Sacramento Bee - Aug 30, 2001   
Assembly panel OKs Edison rescue plan
The bill won't require the utility to transfer Sierra land to a state trust.
A $2.9 billion rescue plan to save Southern California Edison from bankruptcy narrowly passed the Assembly energy committee Wednesday after the last tangible asset for taxpayers -- thousands of acres of Sierra land -- was stripped from the deal.... more


The Associated Press - Aug 30, 2001   
Assembly committee approves Edison deal
A key Assembly committee approved a $2.9 billion proposal to rescue financially ailing Southern California Edison on Wednesday, following a third straight day of deliberations.... more


DOW JONES NEWSWIRES - Aug 30, 2001   
Calif GOP Member Helps SoCal Ed Rescue Through Committee
Vowing for months that California Assembly Republicans wouldn't support legislation to rescue utility Southern California Edison from the brink of bankruptcy, one of the GOP's members crossed party lines to help push through a bill... more


Megawatt Daily - Aug 29, 2001   
Calif. legislators continue debate on SoCalEd deal
A California Assembly committee yesterday continued hearings on a controversial bill to rescue Southern California Edison from the threat of bankruptcy after moving forward with several amendments to a measure approved by the state Senate last month.... more


The Sacramento Bee - Aug 29, 2001   
Edison bailout plan is oddest piece of legislation in recent memory
Senate Bill 78XX may be the most unusual legislation to hit the Capitol in decades, in terms of both its content and its convoluted political dynamics.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Aug 29, 2001   
Stakes high in final push for Edison rescue plan
BAILOUT TO AFFECT CONSUMER rates
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Gray Davis' plan for the state's energy future faces a crucial test in the next three weeks as he seeks to sell legislators on his multibillion-dollar plan to bail out the state's second-largest utility.... more


The Associated Press - Aug 28, 2001   
Assembly delays vote on Edison rescue again
A key legislative committee delayed voting Tuesday on a reworked bill intended to help Southern California Edison regain its financial health.... more


The Oakland Tribune - Aug 28, 2001   
Gov. Davis in power showdown
Commission would yield authority over rate hikes
Energy regulators Monday backed the Davis administration in keeping what critics call the lion's share of California's largest electricity rate hike... more


The Associated Press - Aug 28, 2001   
Watchdog group pledges to fight aid for Edison
A consumer watchdog group pledged to fight lawmakers' efforts to give financial support to Southern California Edison, saying the bill amounted to a bailout at the expense of taxpayers.... more


Sacramento Bee - Aug 28, 2001   
Committee debates Edison's rescue
As a hotly contested $2.9 billion rescue plan for Southern California Edison inched toward a vote in a key Assembly committee late Monday, consumer leaders gathered to lead a voters' revolt against the proposal.... more


Sacramento Bee - Aug 28, 2001   
Edison rescue won't require sale of lines
A key Assembly committee voted Monday night to support acquiring a five-year option to purchase Southern California Edison's transmission lines at double their book value as part of a $2.9 billion state rescue plan.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Aug 28, 2001   
Lawmakers besieged over energy rescue deal
On the 13th floor of Sacramento's newest upscale hotel, California's most vocal consumer advocate hunkered down with his allies Monday and declared war.... more


San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 28, 2001   
PG&E's customers facing biggest share of power bill
State's debt for electricity must be repaid
Utility customers in Northern California may have to pay $500 million more than those to the south to cover the state's costs of purchasing electricity for debt-ridden utilities, it was announced yesterday.... more


Dow Jones Newswires - Aug 27, 2001   
Calif Consumer Group Steps Up Opposition To SoCal Ed Bill
Three weeks before the state legislature adjourns, a California consumer group is stepping up efforts to oppose a rescue deal for Edison International's insolvent utility... more


Associated Press - Aug 27, 2001   
Assembly committee considers aid for Southern California Edison
As lawmakers Monday considered giving financial support to Southern California Edison, a consumer watchdog group called the effort a "bailout" and pledged to fight it -- even if it meant calling for a statewide referendum.... more


The Associated Press - Aug 27, 2001   
Utility commission boosts San Diego rates, recoups state money
California regulators moved Monday to recoup the state's electricity purchases, boosting rates for San Diego customers an average of 12 percent and blocking big businesses from bypassing utilities to buy power.... more


La Opinión - Aug 25, 2001   
Activistas irán a Sacramento
Invitan al público para que los acompañen; intentarán influenciar a los legisladores para que no rescanten financieramente a compañía eléctrica
Los residentes del Sur de California podrían terminar pagando cientos de millones de dólares si la Legislatura estatal ayuda a Southern California Edison a salir de la crisis económica que sufre esa compañía, afirmaron ayer organizaciones del consumidor.... more


San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 25, 2001   
Quirk in law lets regulators buy utility stocks
The courts cannot punish a utility commissioner for deliberately flouting state rules by buying stock in PG&E Corp., Verizon Communications or other regulated companies, a San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled yesterday.... more


La Opinion - Aug 25, 2001   
Activistas irán a Sacramento
Invitan al público para que los acompañen; intentarán influenciar a los legisladores para que no rescanten financieramente a compañía eléctrica
Los residentes del Sur de California podrían terminar pagando cientos de millones de dólares si la Legislatura estatal ayuda a Southern California Edison a salir de la crisis económica que sufre esa compañía, afirmaron ayer organizaciones del consumidor.... more


The Orange County Register - Aug 24, 2001   
Energy companies and utilities spend millions to try to sway views
Energy companies, utilities, even the state itself have put blue-chip lobbyists on the payroll at an unprecedented rate in a struggle to wield behind-the-scenes influence during California\'s energy crisis.... more


Los Angeles Times - Aug 24, 2001   
State Power Authority to Take Energy Reins Today
Agency has $5 billion to spend and broad discretion. Critics say it's unnecessary.
When Chairman S. David Freeman gavels the new state Public Power Authority into session today, he will launch an agency that is the centerpiece of California's plan to tame its volatile electricity market.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 24, 2001   
PUC conflict case off to rocky start
Judge says court lacks authority to boot commissioner
A San Francisco Superior Court judge yesterday rejected a watchdog group's request to oust a state utility commissioner for investing roughly $27,000 in a mobile-phone company his agency helps regulate.... more


San Diego Union-Tribune - Aug 24, 2001   
Californians should reject utility bailout
Term-limited California legislators often behave as if history began six years ago. But statehouse politicians who are being strong-armed this week by Gov. Gray Davis and Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg to support a $7 billion public bailout of Southern... more


Energy Daily - Aug 23, 2001   
Governor, Legislators Agree On Scaled-Down SCE Rescue Package
California Gov. Gray Davis and leaders of the California Assembly late Tuesday approved the rough outlines of a deal aimed at keeping Southern California Edison out of bankruptcy, but the proposal has been blasted by state consumer groups as a bail-out.... more


Contra Costa Times - Aug 22, 2001   
Little Progress Is Made in Fixing California Electricity Crisis
The quest for billions of dollars to restore stability to California's troubled electricity industry continued on several fronts Tuesday but at the end of the day there was little visible progress toward ending the year-long crisis.... more


Sacramento Bee - Aug 22, 2001   
Davis backs Edison rescue plan
The $2.9 billion proposal draws fire from many sides.
Gov. Gray Davis and Assembly Democratic leaders reached agreement Tuesday on a $2.9 billion rescue plan for the state's second-largest utility, but the pact was immediately blasted by business, consumer and other critics.... more


Los Angeles Times - Aug 22, 2001   
Scaled-Back Edison Bailout Plan Emerges
Possible deal to keep the company afloat would not cover all of its debts. Passage is still iffy.
The rough outlines of a possible deal to keep Southern California Edison out of bankruptcy began to emerge Tuesday as Gov. Gray Davis made a personal plea for lawmakers to approve a scaled-back bailout plan and company officials backed away from opposing... more


The Associated Press - Aug 21, 2001   
Consumer advocates vow initiative if Edison bailed out
A vocal consumers rights group has teamed up with a consultant from the successful 1978 property tax revolt initiative to try to roll back any bailout of electric utilities approved by the state Legislature.... more


Sacramento Bee - Aug 19, 2001   
Energy firms tackle image
Tired of being lambasted in California, out-of-state power generators are fighting back.
In the span of months, energy generators with headquarters outside the Golden State have gone from invisible players to public enemy No. 1.... more


LA Weekly - Aug 17, 2001   
COLOR DAVIS' ENERGY POLICY GREEN
When the Los Angeles Times called for the ouster of Governor Gray Davis' press secretary -- for buying a few hundred shares in power generator Calpine -- it focused on a small story at the expense of a bigger one.... more


Sacramento Bee - Aug 17, 2001   
More than ever is spent on lobbying
A record $344 million was spent to influence California lawmakers and regulatory agencies during the two-year legislative session ending Dec. 31, according to a report issued Thursday.... more


Los Angeles Times - Aug 15, 2001   
Edison Hangs Hopes on Sacramento
Execs say debt load can't be eased without legislative help. A deadline passes without action.
Legislative action in the next month probably will determine whether Southern California Edison escapes filing for bankruptcy, executives at the troubled electric utility said Tuesday.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 14, 2001   
Davis reveals makeup of Power Authority
Gov. Gray Davis drew yesterday from his own inner circle and the business world to create a public Power Authority that takes control this week over California's energy future.... more


Los Angeles Times - Aug 12, 2001   
Chaos, Inexperience Hobbled Power Buyers
State electricity purchasers often finished second against veteran industry traders.
It was the night before the darkest day of the winter energy crisis, when California's first wave of rolling blackouts paralyzed cities from Bakersfield to Eureka.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 12, 2001   
State Power Authority takes first step
California enters undiscovered territory this week with the launch of a new Power Authority that will have unprecedented control over the state's energy system.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Aug 11, 2001   
Californians Ponder Power Officials' Ethics During Energy Crisis
Californians who suspect they have been victimized by profiteering energy companies have something new to ponder.... more


The Associated Press - Aug 09, 2001   
State agency files revised money needs, but no details
An administrative law judge with the Public Utilities Commission has given utilities and consumer groups until Tuesday to comment on the state's latest estimate of how much money it needs to keep buying power.... more


The Associated Press - Aug 08, 2001   
State still not sure if electric rate increase is needed
California consumer's electric rates won't climb any higher, according to officials from the agency that has spent more than $9 billion buying power on behalf of millions of utility customers.... more


The Associated Press - Aug 08, 2001   
Developments in California's energy crisis
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. tells state power regulators the amount of electricity each household can buy at the cheapest rate should be adjusted upward.... more


The Washington Times - Aug 06, 2001   
Deregulation drive running out of gas
California's disaster plays spoilsport
California has seen no rolling electricity blackouts since late April and has even had to sell off surplus power. But the fallout from the state's energy mess is nevertheless stalling the power industry's national drive toward deregulation... more


The Associated Press - Aug 03, 2001   
Davis dodges blackouts, but embroiled in conflict scandal
In California this summer, energy prices have stabilized, the lights have stayed on and Gov. Gray Davis keeps raising millions of dollars for his re-election bid.... more


City News Service - Aug 02, 2001   
Santa Monica Group Urges PUC to Reject DWR Rate Agreement Proposal
A Santa Monica group appealed again today for the state utilities commission to reject its president's proposal to leave electric rate-setting up to the Department of Water Resources.... more


Sacramento Bee - Aug 02, 2001   
Chaos obscured energy conflicts
An adviser says the focus for buyers was keeping lights on in the state.
It was Jan. 17, and Californians were suffering through their first day of planned, widespread outages. The state's two largest utilities were facing financial ruin and unable to buy the electricity they needed.... more


The Associated Press - Aug 01, 2001   
Energy companies spent $6 million-plus to influence state
Although mired in the state's power crisis, energy companies spent more than $6 million to influence state government in the first half of the year, with the bulk going to sway voters to help bail out Southern California Edison.... more


Sacramento Bee - Aug 01, 2001   
Davis administration in bind over energy disclosures
It was Jan. 17, and Californians were suffering through their first day of planned, widespread outages. The state's two largest utilities were facing financial ruin and unable to buy the electricity they needed.... more


The Associated Press - Aug 01, 2001   
Utilities, consumer group file response to regulator rate plan
The state's two largest utilities and a vocal consumer advocacy group have asked the California Public Utilities Commission to scrap a proposal that would allow the agency buying power for the state to raise electric rates without public hearings and rev... more


San Jose Mercury News - Aug 01, 2001   
California Governor, San Jose-Based Energy Company Deny Special Deal
With Gray Davis' foes heaping criticism on state officials who invested in Calpine, the San Jose company became the focus of questions Tuesday about its warm relationship with the administration during the energy crisis.... more


Salon.com - Jul 31, 2001   
Gray Davis' Edison problem
The governor struggles to orchestrate a multimillion-dollar bailout of the utility that has spent big bucks on his campaign.
Ever since his January State of the State address, in which he dwelled on the state's power crisis but neglected to mention private utilities' central role in devising the deregulation scheme that caused it, California Gov. Gray Davis has been searching... more


The Orange County Register - Jul 31, 2001   
Power firms amp up lobbying
Edison spends $5.5 million to gain support for bailout to prevent bankruptcy.
Edison International has spent more than $5.5 million this year to enlist residents and stockholders to lobby the Legislature to bail out its subsidiary Southern California Edison and save it from bankruptcy, reports released Monday show. ... more


The Associated Press - Jul 27, 2001   
Assembly plan allows state to help finance Edison's new plants
State Assembly members won't meet this week to consider alternatives to Gov. Gray Davis' deal to rescue Southern California Edison, but will continue working on the complex plan to keep the utility from bankruptcy.... more


The Associated Press - Jul 27, 2001   
California lawmaker enjoys utility's largesse
makes no apologies for taking contributions
Whenever the Los Angeles Lakers play in Sacramento, state Assemblyman Rod Wright calls around to lobbyists to try to get tickets. Often, Southern California Edison obliges.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jul 25, 2001   
State sells surplus electricity at a loss
BUY HIGH, SELL LOW: $14 million deficit
California has lost $14 million during the past three weeks selling surplus electricity back to power generators as mild temperatures and energy conservation slackened demand statewide.... more


The Associated Press - Jul 24, 2001   
PUC agrees to adjust electric rates if necessary
The California Public Utilities Commission might relinquish its control over electricity rates to the state Department of Water Resources... more


Sacramento Bee - Jul 24, 2001   
Energy-related ballot initiative is drawn up
Amid higher utility rates, the threat of rolling blackouts and legislative indecision on how to solve California's energy problems, there is one proposal to get voters involved. ... more


The Orange County Register - Jul 21, 2001   
Power scramble feels like deja vu
Many fear a special session to fix deregulation will repeat '96 disaster that created it.
The frenzy and confusion in the Legislature surrounding a multibillion-dollar bailout for Southern California Edison reminds veteran lawmakers, staff and lobbyists of the 1996 battle over deregulation... more


The Times (London) - Jul 20, 2001   
Golden state goes from cuts to surplus
California has new energy troubles -a surplus. After weeks of blackouts because of power shortages this year, the state is now selling surplus energy at a loss.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jul 20, 2001   
Edison May Avert Bankruptcy Filing
Thanks to a rate increase and natural gas price drop, the utility's improved cash flow may cover its electricity costs.
For the first time in months, Southern California Edison is collecting more money than it is spending on electricity, a shift that could enable the utility to avoid bankruptcy... more


The New York Times - Jul 19, 2001   
California's New Problem: Sudden Surplus of Energy
After months of warnings about power shortages and forced blackouts, an unusually cool July and surprisingly effective conservation efforts have put California in a stunning position... more


San Jose Mercury News - Jul 19, 2001   
California Energy Regulators Give Up Power to Question Rate Hikes
State energy regulators have reluctantly signed away one of their most fundamental consumer protection roles: the right to question and reject requests for higher power rates.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jul 19, 2001   
Assembly panel OKs two bills to help Southern California Edison
Two sharply contrasting plans to prevent debt-ridden Southern California Edison from being dragged into bankruptcy cleared a key Assembly committee last night, but a third measure stalled in the Senate.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Jul 19, 2001   
PUC reveals plan to transfer much of watchdog role
The California Public Utilities Commission laid out a framework yesterday for transferring much of its watchdog role in ensuring fair electricity rates to the state Department of Water Resources.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jul 19, 2001   
PUC May Cede Control Over Electricity Rates
Chief says letting the state water agency set prices would ensure that ratepayers cover costs. Others say plan would leave public unprotected.
California's chief utility regulator proposed Wednesday to provide rubber-stamp approvals of any future electricity rate increases that state power buyers find necessary.... more


San Diego Union Tribune - Jul 19, 2001   
PUC reveals plan to transfer much of watchdog role
The California Public Utilities Commission laid out a framework yesterday for transferring much of its watchdog role in ensuring fair electricity rates to the state Department of Water Resources.... more


Contra Costa Times - Jul 19, 2001   
California Regulators Issue Proposal to Deal with Power Crisis
The state would have unfettered access to proceeds from electricity bills and lock itself into the business of buying electricity for 15 years or more under a proposal released Wednesday by the state's top utility regulator.... more


Orange County Register - Jul 19, 2001   
2 Edison bailout bills advance in Assembly Energy
The competing plans clear committees and may face the full chamber today.


Sacramento Bee - Jul 18, 2001   
PUC discusses raising rates
Sparking accusations that it's abandoning its watchdog role, the Public Utilities Commission took the first step Wednesday toward promising to raise rates as much as necessary to pay the state's electricity bills.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jul 18, 2001   
Lawmakers devise rival bailout plans for Edison
Push to come up with alternative to bankruptcy before recess
Lawmakers are struggling this week to agree on a plan to keep Southern California Edison from declaring bankruptcy as they rush to complete business before Friday's scheduled summer recess.... more


The Orange County Register - Jul 18, 2001   
Assembly panel to vote on Edison bailout today
Two proposals are vying for lawmakers' support. The utility says both fall short.
After three months of political wrangling, a bill that would bail out financially crippled Southern California Edison will finally be voted on in the Legislature today.... more


The Associated Press - Jul 18, 2001   
PUC agrees to adjust electric rates if necessary
A proposed agreement between state power regulators and the agency that buys electricity for millions of Californians would allow the state to raise electric rates with no outside review... more


Sacramento Bee - Jul 17, 2001   
Crucial debate begins over Edison's financial future
Divided legislators began grappling Tuesday with competing proposals to keep one of California's largest private utilities, Southern California Edison, from going bankrupt.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Jul 17, 2001   
Edison rescue plan is facing an overhaul
Southern California Edison appeared to move a step closer to bankruptcy yesterday as business and consumer groups criticized a rescue plan written by Democratic leaders in the Assembly.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Jul 17, 2001   
Power refunds likely to fall into many hands before consumers'
Even if federal regulators agree to the multibillion-dollar refund that California officials are demanding from electricity suppliers, consumers shouldn't count on getting a fat check in the mail any time soon.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jul 17, 2001   
No Accord Near on Edison Rescue
With Davis' proposal languishing and rival versions being crafted, the issue continues to be divisive.
The California Assembly has yet to begin debating an alternative plan to save Southern California Edison from bankruptcy—but already Monday, fissures were emerging that could signal trouble for the measure by Democratic leaders.... more


The Associated Press - Jul 17, 2001   
Record $344.3 million spent lobbying Legislature, agencies
Spending to lobby the Legislature and state regulators jumped nearly 18 percent to a record $344.3 million over the two-year period ending last Dec. 31, the secretary of state\'s office said.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jul 16, 2001   
Municipal power firms cleaned up
Public producers charged state far more than private
From the start of the state's energy meltdown, Gov. Gray Davis and many lawmakers have cast private out-of-state energy companies -- especially those in Texas -- as pirates plundering California's economy.... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Jul 16, 2001   
DID DAVIS 'FIDDLE' AMID FUEL CRISIS?
To Gov. Gray Davis, commander in chief of California's energy war, the enemy lies bunkered in out-of-state power companies that ripped off $8.9 billion in overcharges.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Jul 16, 2001   
California Consumers Unlikely to Benefit Much from Any Energy Refund
Even if federal regulators agree to the multibillion-dollar refund that California officials are demanding from electricity suppliers, consumers shouldn't count on getting a fat check in the mail any time soon.... more


THE SUNDAY OKLAHOMAN - Jul 15, 2001   
Williams defends energy profits
Oklahoma company blamed for California problems
Anthony Spano doesn't blame out-of-state energy companies, like Tulsa-based Williams Cos. Inc., for reaping huge profits on the electricity they sell in his home state of California.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jul 08, 2001   
PAYING THE ENERGY BILL
Crying Foul Over Energy Baselines
Down by the sea in Santa Monica, a month of electricity can cost a mere $2.32 with a bit of determination, a tiny home and energy-efficient appliances.... more


The Associated Press - Jul 08, 2001   
Some calling energy baselines unfair
The state's method of setting "baseline" power levels - a key ingredient in distributing rate hikes - is being criticized as unfair by consumer advocates and some customers.... more


Contra Costa Times - Jul 07, 2001   
PR firm wins role in PG&E bankruptcy
The public relations gurus behind California's anti-smoking campaign have signed on a major new client -- the committee representing Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s tens of thousands of creditors.... more


The Associated Press - Jul 07, 2001   
PG&E creditors look to hire high-profile public relations firm
The committee representing the companies that Pacific Gas & Electric owes billions of dollars is looking to hire one of the most influential public relations firms in the state.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Jul 05, 2001   
New regulator seems tuned to state's energy woes
Texan may be named next FERC chairman
During his first weeks at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Pat Wood has set a decidedly different tone in the agency's strained relationship with California.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Jul 04, 2001   
Electricity price-cap tests spark allegations
Suppliers said to have held back; industry blames ISO
The first emergency tests of new electricity price controls have generated accusations that suppliers were withholding power and questions that the caps might need to be revised or scrapped.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Jul 03, 2001   
Davis paying millions to energy consultants, contracts reveal
Gov. Gray Davis has agreed to pay more than $17 million to a small group of financial experts and political consultants -- some of them dubbed by critics as "a den of thieves"... more


Daily Texan - Jun 28, 2001   
Texas public utility appointee concerns consumer groups
The man named by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to chair the Public Utility Commission, the board that will oversee the deregulation of retail energy providers in Texas, has concerned consumer groups who fear the appointment of the former energy company executive... more


San Jose Mercury News - Jun 28, 2001   
Judge rules that state must disclose power purchase records
The state must disclose everything about California's power purchases, including spot sales, contract details and tapes of negotiations, a judge ruled Wednesday.... more


The Associated Press - Jun 27, 2001   
State energy crisis may imperil future of deregulation, consumer choice
California's energy crisis may claim a substantial victim: deregulation itself.... more


The Washington Post - Jun 20, 2001   
Davis Finds Hope in Calif. Power Crunch
Sinking in the polls, under attack by a new Republican advertising campaign and still struggling to avert a summer of blackouts, California Gov. Gray Davis... more


The New York Times - Jun 20, 2001   
Federal Order Fuels a California Dispute
Most sides involved in California's energy crisis called the decision by federal regulators to place tighter limits on the wholesale price of power a positive if limited step... more


Los Angeles Times - Jun 20, 2001   
Plan Won't Raise Rates, Davis Says
Governor seeks to assure Senate, where Democrats say action is a bailout of nearly bankrupt utility.
Gov. Gray Davis sought to assure the state Senate on Tuesday that his plan to save Southern California Edison from threatened financial collapse would work without increasing customer rates.... more


La Opinión - Jun 20, 2001   
Oposición al 'rescate' de Edison
El acuerdo tentativo para "rescatar" de la bancarrota a la compañía Southern California Edison costará casi dos mil dólares a cada usuario californiano y debería ser rechazado por la Legislatura estatal... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jun 19, 2001   
Governor strikes a deal to erase San Diego Gas & Electric's debt
Gov. Gray Davis announced a deal with San Diego Gas & Electric yesterday that will eliminate the utility's past debt without rate increases and give the state the option to purchase its transmission lines.... more


The Associated Press - Jun 19, 2001   
Hearings begin into Southern California Edison assistance proposal
More than two months after Gov. Gray Davis agreed to help financially strapped Southern California Edison in exchange for buying its power transmission lines, skeptical senators began weeks of hearings on the proposal Tuesday.... more


Sacramento Bee - Jun 19, 2001   
Davis critics wary of bid to buy grid
Gov. Gray Davis unveiled a new agreement Monday to purchase portions of the state's electricity transmission grid, a move he considers key to solving the current crisis, but critics warned that the state may be moving too fast in the wrong direction.... more


Sacramento Bee - Jun 19, 2001   
'Soft cap' a win for Davis, cover for GOP
It was more than Gov. Gray Davis might have expected from a regulatory agency in a Republican administration that has repeatedly and flatly denounced wholesale energy price controls as counterproductive.... more


National Public Radio - Jun 19, 2001   
CALIFORNIANS AND WESTERN POWER CONCERNS GIVE PLUSES AND MINUSES OF THE FERC'S DECISION TO CAP ELECTRICITY PRICES THERE
In California, there was mixed reaction to the FERC's decision to limit energy prices.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jun 17, 2001   
State's future power hinges on unbuilt plants
Big part of supply to come from facilities that don't exist yet
A whopping 420 million megawatt hours of the electricity California has contracted to buy over the next decade is from power plants that have not yet been built.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jun 16, 2001   
Power Debate Heats Up as Davis Reveals Contracts
After months of resisting disclosure, Gov. Gray Davis on Friday released 38 long-term power contracts that aides said show the administration is deftly managing the energy crisis... more


The Orange County Register - Jun 16, 2001   
Businesses still pushing for electricity competition in fight with regulators
California's business community is locked in a battle with energy regulators and lawmakers about how deregulation will ultimately pan out... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jun 16, 2001   
Utilities to give 2-day warnings of blackouts
PG&E to post maps on Web showing location of outages
Energy customers will know as early as two days in advance that they could lose power this summer under a plan unveiled yesterday... more


The Orange County Register - Jun 16, 2001   
Electricity rates today may not be grounded
Davis adviser says recent hikes will cover 20-year pacts. But detractors say read the fine print.
The price tag for California's electricity crisis will show up in customers' bills for at least the next two decades.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jun 15, 2001   
Davis Chided for Using Consultants
Potential rival Jones says they also advise Edison but are paid with tax dollars.
Secretary of State Bill Jones on Thursday slammed Gov. Gray Davis for using taxpayer money to hire two communications consultants and said the advisors must disclose their income sources to reveal any conflicts of interest.... more


The Associated Press - Jun 14, 2001   
Daily power cost dips below $30 million as state readies contract release
Gov. Gray Davis says the long-term contracts he\'s releasing Friday helped put the state's daily power purchases below $30 million for the first time since the state began buying electricity on behalf of three cash-strapped utilities Jan. 17.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Jun 14, 2001   
Judge orders Davis to disclose electricity contracts state signed with energy companies
A state judge Wednesday ordered Gov. Gray Davis to disclose the electricity contracts the state signed with energy companies amid growing concern that the deals lock in years of expensive power while prices are falling.... more


San Diego Union Tribune - Jun 14, 2001   
State must bare secret energy deals
The state's secret energy deals won't be secret much longer.... more


The Associated Press - Jun 13, 2001   
Governor plans to release details on state's power purchases
California signed long-term electricity contracts at prices higher than those now available on the daily spot market, Gov. Gray Davis acknowledged Wednesday as a judge ordered him to release the pacts' details.... more


Daily News, Los Angeles - Jun 13, 2001   
Los Angeles Power Department, California Officials Clash over Electricity
Tensions between the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the state escalated Tuesday amid accusations that the city has engaged in price-gouging for its excess energy supply.... more


Fox News Network - THE O'REILLY FACTOR - Jun 12, 2001   
Are Energy Companies Rigging Prices?
"The Factor" has been investigating the mysterious world of gasoline prices, which seem to jump around all the time and seem to be coordinated by competing gas stations, or are we paranoid?... more


Sacramento Bee - Jun 11, 2001   
Who'll pay billions in PG&E debt? Consumers, taxpayers and asset sales are among the options
A judge's decision not to meddle with electric rates has left open the biggest question in the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. bankruptcy case: Who will pay the utility's nearly $10 billion in bills?... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Jun 11, 2001   
New law bypasses PUC rate review; Change in process alarms consumers
SDG&E customers begin treading a path today to two rate increases likely to raise their bills 35 percent, or about $1.7 billion, during the next year.... more


The Fresno Bee - Jun 09, 2001   
Tier-able Rate Hike
New power bills based on a tier system are hitting PG&E and Southern California Edison customers.
The latest bad news about the electricity crisis is coming to your mailbox soon. It\'s the rate increase passed by the California Public Utilities Commission, and some critics think you may need to be clairvoyant to understand it.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jun 08, 2001   
Legislators considered acquisition of PG&E
Plan also included buying Edison firm
State lawmakers quietly circulated a proposal last month that California's government buy Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Southern California Edison for more than $3 billion.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jun 08, 2001   
Paying for Power a Struggle for Some
Consumers on tight budgets face crises. Requests for aid flood agencies, but many of those eligible for discount programs are not signing up.
In San Francisco, a retired music teacher with polio came within 48 hours of losing gas to heat his apartment and electricity to charge the motorized scooter that takes him to the doctor and to church.... more


Copley News Service - Jun 07, 2001   
California electricity prices fall, but still high
Experts say state electricity prices are falling because of a surprising level of hydropower, cooler weather, increased supplies and pressure from investigations into industry practices.... more


The Orange County Register - Jun 07, 2001   
Power crisis generating lots of heat
Probes Pursuing allegations of price-fixing and other misdeeds produces frustration, friction.
Detectives would seem to be tripping over each other to discover who did what to whom, and why, in California's energy crisis.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Jun 07, 2001   
Increased hydropower behind price drop
Experts say state electricity prices are falling because of a surprising level of hydropower, cooler weather, increased supplies and pressure from investigations into industry practices.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jun 07, 2001   
Power Is Assured, Buyers Insist
Runaway market coming under control, they say, with 43% of daily need accounted for. They now can turn down offers they deem outlandish.
Eager to take credit for a sudden plunge in electricity prices, state power buyers said Wednesday that they had helped rein in California's runaway market by locking up power in long-term contracts.... more


Fox News Network - THE O'REILLY FACTOR - Jun 05, 2001   
Unresolved Problems
Did President Bush Blunder in Not Helping California With Its Energy Crisis?
In the "Unresolved Problems" segment tonight, did President Bush blunder in not helping California out with its energy mess? The president's job approval rating is down 8 points since April... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jun 05, 2001   
PG&E creditors approve bonuses
Utility must file reorganization plan by end of year, or CEO only gets $600,000 extra
PG&E's creditors have agreed to management's plan to shower top executives with $17.5 million in bonuses but balked at the bankrupt utility's initial demand that the cash come with no strings attached... more


Los Angeles Times - Jun 02, 2001   
Duke Charged Record Price for Electricity
But energy firm agrees to waive 80% of its $3,880-per-megawatt-hour tab, if it gets paid.
Duke Energy Corp., one of the power wholesalers that the state has accused of price gouging, charged $3,880 per megawatt-hour for electricity during a brief period last winter--by far the highest price yet disclosed for emergency power.... more


The Orange County Register - Jun 01, 2001   
New Edison plan means business
An Assembly proposal for bailing out the utility would tap big industrial users. Business interests say it\'s a political escape.
Assembly leaders are drafting a new rescue plan for Southern California Edison that would force the state's largest businesses to pay for a $3.1 billion bailout of the state's second- largest utility.... more


Fox News Network - THE O'REILLY FACTOR - May 31, 2001   
Should Americans Be Suffering From High Gas Prices While Oil Companies Thrive?
In the \"Impact\" segment tonight, ExxonMobil profits are in for the first quarter, up 45 percent from last year to a record $5-plus billion for one quarter. Meantime, high gas prices are hurting all working Americans. So what\'s going on?... more


Financial Times - May 31, 2001   
PG&E sails into bonus storm
PG&E, the Californian utility driven to bankruptcy proceedings by the state\'s power crisis, drew a storm of criticism yesterday over a request to be allowed to pay top managers Dollars 17.5m in bonuses.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - May 31, 2001   
Plan would have biggest customers pay Edison's debt
Legislative leaders are drafting a new rescue plan for Southern California Edison that would put the utility back on its feet financially at the expense of its biggest customers.... more


San Jose Mercury News - May 31, 2001   
Non-disclosure Pacts Keep California Taxpayers in Dark about Power Deals
As state officials cut deals in recent months to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase electricity, they signed agreements not to reveal the terms of those contracts to the public.... more


Dow Jones Newswires - May 30, 2001   
Top Consumer Advocate: SoCal Ed Bailout May Be Illegal
A bailout of Edison International utility Southern California Edison is unaffordable, unfair, unnecessary and probably unlawful, leading consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield wrote state legislators Tuesday.... more


SF Weekly - May 30, 2001   
Contract Killings
How the state's contracts with crucial electric power providers actually encourage them to gouge us
As California's energy crisis heads into what promises to be a brutal summer, the degree of dysfunction within the state's electricity market is already painfully apparent.... more


The Orange County Register - May 29, 2001   
California's power crisis generating lots of heat
Detectives would seem to be tripping over each other to discover who did what to whom, and why, in California's energy crisis.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - May 27, 2001   
Average Joes sought for protests
The Pig People will be there. So will Medea Benjamin, the former Green Party candidate who likes to throw herself in front of the Public Utilities Commission and TV cameras.... more


OC Weekly - May 25, 2001   
EDISON'S CON GAME
In early May, Southern California Edison launched a new statewide television- and radio-advertising campaign designed to convince the public that it should assume additional responsibility for the privately owned utility's massive debts. Don't laugh.... more


The Fresno Bee - May 24, 2001   
Valley heat doesn't drain state power
What happened to the rolling blackouts? With temperatures hitting 100 degrees and higher the last three days, Central California braced for the sweaty reality of the state's electricity crisis.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - May 24, 2001   
Davis to order 1-hour notice of blackouts
Plan also in works to give law enforcement even earlier alerts
Gov. Gray Davis will issue an executive order today requiring that Californians be given at least one hour's notice before blackouts hit, according to a top administration official.... more


The Associated Press - May 23, 2001   
Legislature accused of neglecting issues because of power
Preoccupied by the power crisis, lawmakers are leaving much of the taxpayers' pressing business undone, a coalition of consumer, labor and environmental groups charged Monday.... more


La Opinion - May 23, 2001   
Pronostican que Bush hará bajar los precios de energía
Activistas aseguran que la crisis podría crear recesión en el país en el verano
En el verano, el presidente George W. Bush deberá hacer bajar los precios de la electricidad para evitar que la crisis económica de California se convierta en depresión en todo Estados Unidos, pronosticó ayer Harvey Rosenfield, presidente de la Coalición... more


Los Angeles Times - May 19, 2001   
PG&E Judge Bars Panel of Customers
Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s 4 million customers are not entitled to a committee to represent interests in bankruptcy case.
In a decision that outraged consumer groups, a judge ruled Friday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s 4 million customers are not legally entitled to a separate ratepayers committee that would represent their interests in the utility's bankruptcy case.... more


Contra Costa Times - May 19, 2001   
Judge rules ratepayers won't be able to participate in PG&E's bankruptcy
Ratepayers won't have their own seat at the table during Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s bankruptcy, a federal judge ruled Friday, disbanding a committee that represented the utility's 4.8 million customers.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - May 19, 2001   
Consumers have no say in PG&E bankruptcy, judge says
Utility had challenged trustee's decision to allow committee
Ratepayer groups have no legal right to defend their interests in Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s bankruptcy proceedings, the judge presiding over the case ruled yesterday.... more


Dow Jones Newswires - May 18, 2001   
Great News! Long-Term Contracts Jeopardized


The Associated Press - May 18, 2001   
Advocacy group will not force referendum on $13 billion bonds for power
An influential consumer advocacy group has decided not to seek a public referendum on the state\'s plan to issue $13 billion in bonds for power purchases.... more


Contra Costa Times - May 18, 2001   
California Democrats, Republicans Divided over Bush Energy Plan
Using a two-pronged strategy, Gov. Gray Davis responded to President Bush\'s energy plan Thursday by assailing its lack of immediate help for California while at the same time making a plea for greater assistance.... more


The Times (London) - May 17, 2001   
Power-hungry Californians hit by electric shock
Where\'s all the outrage?CALIFORNIANS, who have enjoyed almost unlimited cheap electricity for decades to power their air-conditioning, catering-size fridges and outdoor pools, are to be charged up to a third more for usage... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - May 16, 2001   
PUC tags consumers with huge rate boost
Burden shifts from business to heavy residential users
The largest electricity rate increase in California history was adopted yesterday by state regulators after a one-day delay in which the burden on residential consumers was raised by more than $100 million.... more


National Public Radio - May 16, 2001   
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COSTS ON THE RISE
In California, the costs of power shortages keep rising. Many Californians will see a record increase in electricity rates when they open their June utility bills. The shock is just beginning to register... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - May 16, 2001   
PUC tags consumers with huge rate boost
Burden shifts from business to heavy residential users
The largest electricity rate increase in California history was adopted yesterday by state regulators after a one-day delay in which the burden on residential consumers was raised by more than $100 million.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - May 16, 2001   
PUC doles out increases
Customers of Edison, PG&E get rate shock. SDG&E spared for now
In the preview of a movie SDG&E customers don\'t want to see, the state Public Utilities Commission walloped customers of California\'s other major utilities with electricity rate increases as high as 50 percent yesterday.... more


Los Angeles Times - May 16, 2001   
$5.7-Billion Energy Rate Hike Is OKd
PUC shifts some of the increase away from businesses and farms to residential users. The rates, designed to reward those who conserve, are retroactive to March
Voicing fears for the health of California\'s economy, the state\'s chief utility regulator Tuesday shifted some of a $5.7-billion rate increase away from agricultural and industrial customers and placed it on millions of residential customers... more


NPR - ALL THINGS CONSIDERED - May 16, 2001   
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COSTS ON THE RISE
In California, the costs of power shortages keep rising.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - May 15, 2001   
PUC stalls decision on rate boost
Consumer group says big business to benefit
State regulators yesterday delayed until this afternoon a vote on the most sweeping electricity rate increase in California history so they could reduce the effect on heavyweight corporate customers.... more


Las Vegas Business Press - May 14, 2001   
Local leader blasts FTC investigation
News of the Federal Trade Commission exonerating oil companies against charges of violating antitrust laws and collusion in several Western states didn\'t Surprise one local official who participated in the three-year investigation.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - May 13, 2001   
ARGUMENTS
Who can keep California turned on?
Two energy-policy experts agree that the status quo is a disaster, but they differ on how to fix it. In this e-mail debate, Harvey Rosenfield says the state should take over, while Adrian Moore thinks the free market can do a better job.... more


The Associated Press - May 12, 2001   
Plants closed for maintenance more than before power crisis
The frequency of temporary closures of California power plants for maintenance and repairs has increased as much as four times since electricity prices began to rise last summer.... more


Los Angeles Times - May 12, 2001   
Plant Shutdowns Tied to Power Costs
Generators insist maintenance was needed. State contends firms created false shortage.
Since the moment electricity prices began to soar in May 2000, California power plants have been shutting down--purportedly for repairs and maintenance--at rates two, three and four times higher than before, according to figures made public by the state E... more


The Bond Buyer - May 11, 2001   
Fight the Power
A consumer watchdog group in California is considering collecting signatures to put legislation authorizing the state\'s multibillion-dollar power bond issuance to a voter referendum.... more


Los Angeles Times - May 10, 2001   
Rate Hikes Up to 60% Proposed by PUC Chief
Lynch says about half the residential customers of Edison, PG&E would escape increases. Her plan draws fire from all sides.
About 4 million California residential electricity customers will face increases in their monthly bills of up to about 60% under a proposal unveiled Wednesday by the state\'s chief utility regulator.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - May 10, 2001   
Power bills set to skyrocket for heavy users
Graduated rate increase would take effect in June
As state regulators outlined plans to raise residential electricity bills by as much as 40 percent, the head of the Public Utilities Commission warned yesterday that power rates could soar even higher.... more


Minneapolis Star Tribune - May 09, 2001   
As gas prices soar, angry accusations fly
Consumers suspicious; industry says it can't control pump costs
Gas prices shoot through the roof, so the duet begins anew. First verse: Consumer advocates and oil industry critics scream about collusion, price gouging and obscene profits.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - May 09, 2001   
ISO caught short by off-line plants and breakdowns
Ah, the glorious change of seasons in the deregulated electricity business. Supplies are tight, the lights flicker, and electricity costs go through the roof.... more


The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - May 09, 2001   
Power Talks
JIM LEHRER: Finally tonight, a California power update, Spencer Michels reports.... more


The Associated Press - May 08, 2001   
Assembly vote opens bond measure up to referendum, delays
Despite dodging Republican opposition to $13.4 billion in bonds for power buys, Democratic lawmakers have opened the potential for a referendum and delays in repaying the state treasury.... more


Los Angeles Times - May 08, 2001   
In 1st Hearing, PUC Urged to Lift Rate Hike
Speakers call on the agency to rescind the increase approved last month. Officials caution that they are focusing on 'who pays and how much.'
The lights were out to save energy in a Santa Monica hearing room, but the heat was on as consumers and business representatives urged the California Public Utilities Commission on Monday to spread the pain of rate increases fairly... more


The Washington Times - May 06, 2001   
Gas Tabs and Hot Air
Having just returned to my home in Michigan from a driving trip to the East Coast, it's easy to understand the anger and frustration of motorists contemplating gasoline prices of $2 a gallon or more in many parts of the country.... more


San Jose Mercury News - May 05, 2001   
Calif. power grid execs admit to bloated budget
The non-profit agency that runs most of California's electric grid and sits at the hub of the state's collapsing power system spends far more than any other grid operator in the country on everything from telephones to salaries.... more


Los Angeles Times - May 05, 2001   
State Agrees to Buy Power From Sempra
Separately, Edison begins $3-million ad campaign to gain support for deal to sell its transmission grid to California.
Governor Gray Davis announced a $7-billion agreement Friday to buy electricity for 10 years from the most robust of California's utility companies, Sempra Energy, parent of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. ... more


The Orange County Register - May 05, 2001   
Energy costs rise -- pay of execs, too
Generators' CEOs get big raises. Some say they're worthy, others greedy.
Executives at the largest energy companies selling power into California saw their compensation rise an average of 253 percent last year, with one top executive collecting more than $100 million.... more


The Associated Press - May 03, 2001   
Federal judge dismisses $10 billion PG&E lawsuit
A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed against the state\'s Public Utilities Commission by California\'s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., that sought $10 billion from California ratepayers.... more


San Jose Mercury News - May 03, 2001   
California Decision May Lead to Future Tax Break for Energy Firms
Even as they announce record profits, energy companies from Texas, North Carolina and other states could see a windfall of another kind for years to come... more


Associated Press - May 03, 2001   
Calif. Senate Oks Power Authority
State lawmakers approved a bill Thursday to create a public power authority, sending the measure to Gov. Gray Davis for his signature that would put California in the power business.... more


The Associated Press - May 03, 2001   
California consumer groups unhappy with settlement involving Williams
Williams Cos. should have paid California more than the $8 million it was forced to in a settlement with federal regulators over the company\'s power charges, California consumer watchdogs say.... more


The Associated Press - May 03, 2001   
Legislature sends power authority bill to governor
California is poised to enter the power business after the state Senate approved the creation of a public power authority and sent its bill to Gov. Gray Davis Thursday.... more


The Associated Press - May 03, 2001   
GOP candidate says Davis policies mean socialism, bankruptcy
Secretary of State Bill Jones on Thursday released his plan to solve California\'s energy woes and accused Gov. Gray Davis of running up \"massive debt while socializing the delivery of power.\"... more


The Orange County Register - May 03, 2001   
Utilities spend to keep the lobbying heat on
Although strapped for cash, California\'s three largest utilities spent nearly $1.18 million during the first three months of the year to lobby lawmakers and regulators... more


The Associated Press - May 01, 2001   
California power supplier settles overcharge suit
Consumer advocates say the $8 million refund a Tulsa-based energy company agreed to pay in a settlement with federal regulators represents the \"tip of the iceberg\" of what California has been overcharged for power.... more


Sacramento Bee - Apr 30, 2001   
Straight talk about energy crisis? It's not on a 'going-forward' basis
Stressful times breed tortured language.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Apr 30, 2001   
NEWSMAKER PROFILE - Nettie Hoge
Taking on power; Consumer advocate revels in uphill battle
Given a choice, Nettie Hoge would rather be out in her garden right about now, digging in the dirt.... more


The Washington Post - Apr 27, 2001   
FERC Taken to Task Over Calif. Energy Crisis
Even before President Bush took office, he and his staff were trying keep California\'s energy crisis a long arm\'s length away, saying it was primarily California\'s problem to solve.... more


Chicago Tribune - Apr 27, 2001   
Oil firms' profits gush
Critics want to reinstitute price controls
As the price of gasoline soars, nearing last summer's record levels, oil companies are raking in huge profits.... more


Gannett News Service - Apr 27, 2001   
GNS Special Report
Until recently, the concept of "deregulation" commanded great respect in many corners of the nation. But severe woes in the air travel and electric power industries have brought it under vigorous attack.... more


Gannett News Service - Apr 27, 2001   
GNS Special Report
The deregulatory headaches that have afflicted California in restructuring its electricity supply have produced interesting questions: Question: Why are Californians so angry with Texas? ... more


The Associated Press - Apr 21, 2001   
Governor's office reveals more details of Edison deal
Hoping to convince lawmakers to support his rescue plan for Southern California Edison, Gov. Gray Davis' staff has disclosed additional details to legislators... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Apr 20, 2001   
Utility urges lawmakers to head off bankruptcy
Although lawmakers are skeptical of the state\'s multibillion-dollar deal to acquire the power lines of Southern California Edison, the head of the utility\'s parent company warned yesterday that failure to approve the accord could lead to a long and cost... more


The Orange County Register - Apr 19, 2001   
State's power tab may soon double
Energy Experts predict a daily rate of $150 million this summer, as Davis considers not paying beyond a set rate.
The state's tab for buying electricity is expected to double to $150 million a day during the summer's peak-usage periods, experts said Wednesday, meaning an even faster depletion of the state surplus... more


The Associated Press - Apr 17, 2001   
PG&E Corp. still finds positives amid $4.1 billion fourth-quarter loss
Even as it reported a $4.1 billion fourth-quarter loss Monday, PG&E Corp. still found something to brag about.... more


Communications Daily - Apr 17, 2001   
TELEPHONY
Cal. consumer watchdog group that last Dec. sued to oust PUC Comr. Henry Duque for investing in Nextel mobile phone stock, has raised questions about some of his other investments.... more


The Associated Press - Apr 16, 2001   
PG&E sent hard-nosed proposal to Davis demanding no regulation
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials demanded the utility be cut free from state regulation and be allowed to push huge rate increases onto its customers, two weeks before negotiations with Gov. Gray Davis broke off, the San Francisco Chronicle reported... more


In These Times - Apr 16, 2001   
Greed Fuels Energy Crisis
Deregulation of the energy industry was supposed to bring lower prices through the invisible hand of the free market. It didn't. Ask any electricity consumer in California, natural gas consumer in the Midwest or home heating oil consumer in the Northea... more


The Associated Press - Apr 16, 2001   
Power company pitches short-term plan for energy crisis
Officials from Reliant Energy Inc., one of the energy companies widely blamed for the power crisis in California, met with Gov. Mike Leavitt Monday to pitch a solution for this summer\'s energy shortages.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Apr 16, 2001   
Plan to Save Edison Faces Skepticism in Sacramento
No legislative clamor for Davis' bailout deal
Gov. Gray Davis may have a hard time persuading skeptical lawmakers to approve the deal he reached last week to rescue Southern California Edison.... more


San Diego Union Tribune - Apr 15, 2001   
State could get zapped by cost of power buys come summer
The Legislature returns from spring break today facing what some fear could become a deepening crisis runaway spending for power this summer that seriously undermines the state budget.... more


Sacramento Bee - Apr 15, 2001   
Edison could get big breaks If state buys utility\'s grid, deal includes financial gains, curb of investigation.
From the start, some consumer groups and lawmakers had doubts about shoring up shaky utility finances through a state purchase of their high-voltage lines.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Apr 15, 2001   
PG&E Took Hard Line, Dooming State Talks
Secret plan shows utility demanded less regulation
PG&E\'s bailout talks with Gov. Gray Davis fell apart after the utility demanded unprecedented freedom from regulatory oversight and the ability to pass along huge rate increases to consumers, The Chronicle has learned.... more


San Diego Union Tribune - Apr 13, 2001   
Dynegy threatens to shut down California power plants
Houston\'s Dynegy Corp. is threatening to stop selling energy from its San Diego plants into the California power grid, a move that could deprive the state of enough electricity to serve more than 250,000 homes.... more


Sacramento Bee - Apr 13, 2001   
Lawmakers pushing envelope for solutions to crisis
Here's what some California lawmakers see as a trump card in solving the state's energy crisis: Gouge the public, lose your power plant.... more


Bloomberg News - Apr 12, 2001   
Calif. Board Asked to Stop Paying Member's Law Bills
California's Public Utilities Commission should stop paying legal fees for defending Commissioner Henry Duque against a conflict-of-interest lawsuit, the consumer group that brought the suit said.... more


San Francisco Chronicle - Apr 12, 2001   
PUC Official's Investments Questioned
Group already filed suit, charging conflict of interest
A consumer watchdog group, which filed suit last year to oust one of the state\'s top utility regulators for investing in a mobile phone company, is now questioning some of his other holdings.... more


The Baltimore Sun - Apr 11, 2001   
Calif. puts its energy in blame
A blame game over California\'s electricity crisis is in full swing in the wake of the declaration of bankruptcy by one of the state\'s two biggest power utilities and a deal by beleaguered Democratic Gov. Gray Davis to avoid bankruptcy by the other.... more


The New York Times - Apr 10, 2001   
Deal Struck With Utility, California Governor Says
Gov. Gray Davis announced today that he had signed an agreement with Southern California Edison, the state\'s second-largest utility, that is intended to restore the troubled utility to financial health.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Apr 10, 2001   
Davis Seals Power Deal With Edison to Buy Lines
10-YEAR PACT: $2.76 billion swap buys low-cost electricity
Gov. Gray Davis and Southern California Edison reached final agreement yesterday on a $2.8 billion bailout deal that includes the state taking possession of the utility\'s 12,000 miles of power lines. ... more


MARKETPLACE - Apr 10, 2001   
WALL STREET GIVES THUMBS UP TO CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR GRAY DAVIS\' PROPOSED DEAL TO BUY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
Wall Street is giving a big thumbs up to California Governor Gray Davis\' proposed deal to buy Southern California Edison\'s transmission lines for $ 2.7 billion and to allow Edison to recoup part of its multibillion-dollar debt from consumers.... more


Contra Costa Times - Apr 10, 2001   
California to Purchase Transmission Lines for $ 2.76 Billion
Gov. Gray Davis reached an agreement Monday to buy high-voltage transmission lines in Southern California for $ 2.76 billion... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Apr 10, 2001   
BAILOUT OR BUYOUT?
STATE TO PAY EDISON $2.76 BILLION FOR POWER LINES
Under a deal to keep cash-strapped Southern California Edison out of bankruptcy, Gov. Gray Davis said Monday the state has agreed to buy the utility\'s power lines for $2.76 billion.... more


Sacramento Bee - Apr 10, 2001   
Takeover of grid in doubt PG&E's bankruptcy filing complicates the state's plan to acquire power lines.
Can California be nourished by part of a hot dog?... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Apr 09, 2001   
Power Grab -- Some Democrats Favor Seizing Plants
With the prospect that state power buyers could burn through more than $2 billion a month this summer, some state Democratic leaders are pushing for a takeover of private power plants... more


The Associated Press - Apr 09, 2001   
California's biggest utility files for bankruptcy
California's biggest utility filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, seeking relief from the state's energy deregulation debacle. The surprise move will not turn out the lights but could mean political and financial turmoil for years to come.... more


USA TODAY - Apr 09, 2001   
Utility's bankruptcy filing adds to California's confusion
California's largest utility threw more heat than light on the state's energy muddle by filing for bankruptcy, power players in the deepening 9-month drama say.... more


Associated Press - Apr 09, 2001   
Calif. Gov. Achieves Power Deal
In a bid to pull the state\'s second biggest utility back from the brink of bankruptcy, Gov. Gray Davis announced a deal on Monday for the state to buy power lines from Southern California Edison for $2.76 billion.... more


Sacramento Bee - Apr 09, 2001   
Davis agrees to buy transmission lines from Edison
Just three days after Pacific Gas and Electric Co. filed for bankruptcy protection and cut off negotiations with the state, Gov. Gray Davis on Monday announced an agreement with Southern California Edison... more


USA TODAY - Apr 09, 2001   
Utility's bankruptcy filing adds to California's confusion
California's largest utility threw more heat than light on the state's energy muddle by filing for bankruptcy, power players in the deepening 9-month drama say.... more


Los Angeles Times - Apr 08, 2001   
PG&E GAVE BONUSES PRIOR TO BANKRUPTCY
BEFORE ITS FILING, THE UTILITY ALSO HAD $2.5 BILLION ON HAND AND HAD RESTARTED SERVICES SUSPENDED EARLIER BECAUSE OF SHAKY FINANCES.
In the days approaching Pacific Gas & Electric Co.\'s bankruptcy filing, the debt-ridden utility had more than $ 2.5 billion in cash on hand and was restarting services suspended earlier this year because of its shaky finances.... more


Sacramento Bee - Apr 08, 2001   
Ratepayers lose clout PG&E filing cuts consumers' ability to exert pressure on a rescue plan.
Short of electricity and even shorter of patience, consumers suddenly have lost some influence in California's energy crisis: their ability to exert political pressure over a rescue plan for the state's biggest utility.... more


Agence France Presse - Apr 07, 2001   
California utility files for bankruptcy
Frustrated with stalled negotiations with California state officials to stop financial hemorrhaging, Pacific Gas and Electric Company filed Friday for bankruptcy protection.... more


Associated Press - Apr 07, 2001   
Pacific G&E Files for Chapter 11
Gov. Gray Davis lashed out Pacific Gas and Electric\'s decision to file for bankruptcy, calling it selfish and "a slap in the face for Californians."... more


The Associated Press - Apr 07, 2001   
What people are saying about utility's bankruptcy filing
Here's what lawmakers, residents and others said Friday about Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s bankruptcy filing:... more


The Boston Herald - Apr 07, 2001   
Pacific Gas bankruptcy shouldn't hurt Mass.
Yesterday's bankruptcy filing by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. should have little or no impact on Massachusetts plants owned by a sister subsidiary, experts said yesterday.... more


Contra Costa Times - Apr 07, 2001   
California's largest utility files for bankruptcy
California's 11-month-old electricity crisis took a dramatic turn Friday when the venerable Pacific Gas & Electric Co. unexpectedly filed for bankruptcy, stunning state officials, consumers and investors. ... more


Los Angeles Times - Apr 07, 2001   
PG&E DECLARES BANKRUPTCY; STATE'S CRISIS PLANS COLLAPSE
CHAPTER 11 FILING, THIRD-LARGEST IN HISTORY, PUTS THE UTILITY'S FATE IN A JUDGE\'S HANDS. COMPANY SAYS RESCUE TALKS WERE 'GOING NOWHERE'
California's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, filed for federal bankruptcy protection Friday, unraveling the state's efforts to resolve the energy crisis and effectively turning the utility's future over to a federal judge.... more


San Diego Union Tribune - Apr 07, 2001   
Power crisis divides Calif. congressional delegation
Back in 1997, as California's experiment with electricity deregulation was about to get under way, the state's entire House delegation signed a letter assuring congressional leaders that the plan would ''provide tremendous benefits to the citizens... more


Ventura County Star - Apr 07, 2001   
Bankrupt PG&E files for protection
CHAPTER 11: Gov. Davis says action complicates negotiations with Edison.
Pacific Gas and Electric, which delivers power to 13 million users in Northern California, filed for bankruptcy Friday, turning its back on Gov. Gray Davis and abandoning hopes for a negotiated resolution to the state\'s energy crisis.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Apr 07, 2001   
PG&E Bombshell Leaves Customers Grumpy, Cynical
Rates expected to soar, blackouts to proliferate
Your lights are still on.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Apr 07, 2001   
PG&E Bombshell Leaves Customers Grumpy, Cynical
Rates expected to soar, blackouts to proliferate
Your lights are still on.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Apr 07, 2001   
California's largest utility files for bankruptcy
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. filed for bankruptcy Friday, rejecting the governor's desperate attempts to stabilize California's power supply and throwing the contentious issue of electricity rates into the hands of a little-known federal judge. ... more


Sacramento Bee - Apr 07, 2001   
Crisis out of politicians' hands But some think PG&E move could bring order to a chaotic process.
With the Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s fate in the hands of a federal bankruptcy judge, state officials acknowledged Friday they have largely lost what power they had over the ultimate outcome of California's energy crisis.... more


La Opinion - Apr 06, 2001   
Davis propone plan energético
Pide al público racionamiento voluntario de electricidad; recibe críticas
En una alocución transmitida en vivo por la mayoría de las estaciones de radio y televisión del estado, el gobernador Gray Davis anunció ayer un plan destinado a hacer menos penoso para la mayoría de los residentes de California los aumentos en las tarifa... more


The Orange County Register - Apr 06, 2001   
Davis pulls energy switch
His proposal for a rate hike, weighted toward heavy electricity users, represents a shift from previous position.
Gov. Gray Davis said Thursday that Californians\' electricity rates must be raised to ease the state\'s energy crisis, and that some of the money should help bail out the strapped utilities, which have rung up $14 billion in debt.... more


Contra Costa Times - Apr 06, 2001   
Davis admits rate hikes unavoidable in any plan
After months of assuring Californians he could find a solution to the state\'s energy crisis without raising electricity rates, Gov. Gray Davis used a live televised address Thursday evening to reverse course and endorse a rate hike.... more


The New York Times - Apr 06, 2001   
In California, Reversal on Energy Rates
Bowing to the inevitable, Gov. Gray Davis of California tonight dropped his longstanding opposition to higher electricity rates... more


San Jose Mercury News - Apr 06, 2001   
Davis abandons struggle to keep electricity rates low, proposes hike for half of state\'s residents
In a rare statewide television address, Gov. Gray Davis on Thursday abandoned his struggle to keep electricity rates from skyrocketing and proposed an increase of about 26.5 percent for almost half of the state's residents.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Apr 06, 2001   
Davis Proposes Tiered Plan To Boost Rates
Governor wants slightly lower increases than PUC adopted
After months of denying that rate increases were needed to pull California out of its energy crisis, Gov. Gray Davis yesterday proposed an average 37 percent increase for residential users served by PG&E.... more


The Washington Post - Apr 06, 2001   
Davis Has Warning, Plea for Californians
Governor Urges Conservation as Energy Woes -- and Criticism of His Record -- Grow
Gov. Gray Davis (D) tonight delivered an urgent warning to California\'s residents that more severe power shortages and blackouts soon lie ahead... more


The Associated Press - Apr 06, 2001   
Ratepayers, consumer advocates, power suppliers score Davis\' speech
Ratepayers and consumer advocates found themselves in rare agreement Thursday with big power companies on at least one segment of California's energy crisis... more


City News Service - Apr 06, 2001   
Reaction Mixed on PG&E's Bankruptcy Filing Announcement
PG&E's announcement today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection was derided by the mayor of Los Angeles and a Santa Monica public watchdog group -- and questioned by a PUC commissioner.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Apr 06, 2001   
Governor proposes rate hike; Some S. D. County homes exempt but others could see bills rise average 27%
Gov. Gray Davis dropped his opposition to an electricity rate hike yesterday and proposed an increase -- exempting San Diego County residences that use relatively little power and upping the monthly bill for others by an average of 27 percent.... more


Orange County Register - Apr 04, 2001   
Supervisor wants O.C. utility
Supervisor Charles V. Smith wants Orange County to establish its own power company, pointing to the success of Anaheim, Los Angeles and Sacramento... more


San Jose Mercury News - Apr 04, 2001   
California Looks to Build Its Own Power Plants
Step by step during the energy crisis, California has transformed itself into a power baron, spending billions on electricity and looking to buy 26,000 miles of transmission lines.... more


The Associated Press - Apr 02, 2001   
Developments in California's power crisis
State regulators declare a Stage 2 power alert as downed transmission lines hinders imports from the Pacific Northwest, reducing California\'s electricity reserves to around 5 percent.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Apr 01, 2001   
Rate Increases May Be Just Beginning
Unanswered questions now may mean higher bills soon
When regulators passed an average 40 percent electricity rate increase last week, they insisted this was the last time the state would be reaching into consumers\' pockets to pay for California\'s energy mess.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Mar 31, 2001   
San Francisco-Based Utility Contemplates Suing State
Despite a nearly 30 percent increase in rates approved this week, PG&E says it may have to take state regulators to court because almost all that money is going to the state for its power bills.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 31, 2001   
Talks At Standstill, PG&E Says
Firm may write off $4 billion in debt
California\'s energy problems grew even thornier yesterday as PG&E Corp. said its bailout talks with the governor have collapsed and that the company may write off more than $4 billion in debt.... more


Retail Services Report - Mar 30, 2001   
California still must parcel out impact of rate hike
big users seen hardest hit
California\'s Public Utilities Commission, claiming it needed to act to prevent blackouts this summer, Tuesday approved a 3-cent/kWh rate increase for all Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison customers.... more


Global Power Report - Mar 30, 2001   
CALIF. PUC HIKES RATES AS MUCH AS 46% SIGNALING POSSIBLE END TO ENERGY CRISIS
The California Public Utility Commission March 27 voted 5-to-0 in favor of a rate increase of between 42% and 46% in an effort to raise the money needed to help resolve the state\'s energy crisis.... more


Omaha World-Herald - Mar 29, 2001   
FOOD COSTS POISED TO RISE
Serving of Energy Price Woes Expected at the Dinner Table
There\'s an axiom in the food business that no matter how trying the economic times, people still have to eat.... more


Scripps Howard News Service - Mar 29, 2001   
Get ready for the sequel
If it were not so serious, the debate about California\'s electricity crisis would be as entertaining as a Hollywood thriller, thanks to its colorful cast of villains, dupes and victims.... more


San Diego Union Tribune - Mar 29, 2001   
PUC office accuses SDG&E of padding bills
San Diego Gas and Electric, which has steadfastly insisted it merely passes along high power prices without markup, is being accused of padding electricity bills... more


Associated Press - Mar 29, 2001   
Calpine Profits To Exceed Goals
Fast-growing power generator Calpine Corp. disclosed Thursday that it is cashing in on the rising cost of electricity even more than management anticipated.... more


Chicago Tribune - Mar 28, 2001   
CALIFORNIANS GET PRICE SHOCK
ELECTRICITY RATES RAISED BY STATE ON SLIDING SCALE
In a move that shocked and angered consumers, the California Public Utility Commission on Tuesday voted to increase electricity rates by up to 46 percent for almost all of the state's residents, the biggest increase in the state's history.... more


The Washington Post - Mar 28, 2001   
California Approves Huge Increases in Electricity Rates
Boosts as High as 46% Decried, Defended
The retail price of electricity in California began soaring today as state utility regulators desperate to solve the nation\'s most dire energy crisis resorted to raising consumer rates by as much as 46 percent.... more


Los Angeles Times - Mar 28, 2001   
PUC APPROVES LARGEST ELECTRICITY RATE INCREASE IN STATE'S HISTORY SOME CUSTOMERS WILL PAY UP TO 46% MORE.
COMMISSIONERS, FACING STRONG OPPOSITION BEFORE THEIR UNANIMOUS VOTE, SAY THEY ARE TRYING TO AVERT BLACKOUTS. CRITICS SAY MOVE WON'T SOLVE THE CRISIS.
With protesters jeering their disapproval, besieged utility regulators Tuesday adopted the largest electricity rate hike in the state's history and defended the action as the only way to keep the lights on for millions of customers.... more


Los Angeles Times - Mar 28, 2001   
PUC ACTION LEAVES QUESTIONS UNANSWERED, SUCH AS HOW TO HANDLE UTILITIES' DEBTS AND WHETHER TO BUY GRID.
As painful as Tuesday's electricity rate increase will be for some consumers, power experts across the ideological spectrum say California is not yet close to being free of the energy crisis that has engulfed it and threatened its economy.... more


Associated Press - Mar 28, 2001   
Calif. Regulators Raise Power Rates
Deli owner Sam Sahouria fears further leaps in electricity rates will run him out of business. Belinda Lazzerini says the laundry she uses has already doubled the price per load.... more


Associated Press - Mar 28, 2001   
SDG&E accused of overcharging ratepayers
A state consumer agency claimed Wednesday that San Diego Gas & Electric has overcharged ratepayers by more than $100 million, an allegation the utility denies.... more


Contra Costa Times - Mar 28, 2001   
Consumer activists say they will fight price hikes
Calling it the beginning of a ratepayer revolt, consumer activists descended on state regulators who approved a massive electricity rate increase on Tuesday and said they would eventually go to voters to try to get the price hikes reversed.... more


Ventura County Star - Mar 28, 2001   
Editorial: Will higher rates make you serious?
Few will be surprised that we're finally being asked to pay more -- much more
While Gov. Gray Davis has stubbornly staved off rate increases that the utilities and others have been clamoring for, it was perhaps inevitable that ratepayers would eventually have to pay more.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 28, 2001   
PUC Votes To Jack Up Power Rates
Tiered increases approved as protests disrupt meeting
The bill finally came due for California\'s experiment with electricity deregulation as consumers were hit yesterday with the largest rate increase in state history, an average 40 percent jump in monthly power costs.... more


Energy Daily - Mar 28, 2001   
Protesters Storm CPUC Over Rate Hike
Amid protesters\' chants of \"Rate hikes go away, make the energy companies pay,\" the California Public Utilities Commission unanimously but reluctantly approved a 3 cent per kilowatt-hour retail rate increase... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Mar 28, 2001   
RECORD RATE HIKE APPROVED
PROTESTERS SAY 'WE WON\'T PAY' AS HUGE POWER BOOST PASSED
The state Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved the largest electrical rate increase in California history Tuesday, hitting customers of two private utilities with 42 percent and 46 percent hikes.... more


San Diego Union Tribune - Mar 28, 2001   
Regulators prescribe biggest rate increase in state history
State regulators Tuesday approved the biggest rate increase in California history for the customers of Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison, but Gov. Gray Davis said the increase is premature.... more


Contra Costa Times - Mar 28, 2001   
Consumer activists say they will fight price hikes
Calling it the beginning of a ratepayer revolt, consumer activists descended on state regulators who approved a massive electricity rate increase on Tuesday and said they would eventually go to voters to try to get the price hikes reversed.... more


The Washington Times - Mar 28, 2001   
California regulators OK huge rate increases for power users
California regulators, in a complete reversal, yesterday tossed aside Gov. Gray Davis\' pledge not to raise consumer electricity rates and approved record rate increases of up to 46 percent for 25 million power customers.... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Mar 27, 2001   
RATES MAY SOAR 50%
CRISIS HAS MANY IN STATE FEELING POWERLESS


San Diego Union Tribune - Mar 27, 2001   
Rate hikes may be OK'd today
Regulators appointed by Gov. Gray Davis are expected to vote today on a proposal to raise electricity rates more than 40 percent, a move supported by business groups and Democratic legislative leaders but opposed by consumer groups.... more


Associated Press - Mar 27, 2001   
Higher Calif. Power Rates Considered
California's top energy regulator is considering raising rates by almost 50 percent to send a message to ''electricity hogs'' to ease up on power usage.... more


The Associated Press - Mar 27, 2001   
Rate hike prompts calls for state to seize plants
In his State of the State speech in January, Gov. Gray Davis said the state could seize power plants if its energy crisis worsened.... more


City News Service - Mar 27, 2001   
Tough Day for SCE Customers, But No Problem for DWP Ratepayers
On a day when a state panel authorized the biggest electricity rate hike in state history for SCE and PG&E, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power told its customers not to worry. ... more


City News Service - Mar 26, 2001   
Power
Southern California Edison said today a proposal by the California Public Utilities Commission president to raise electric rates by nearly 50 percent to help pay the state\'s power bills falls short of the mark.... more


Sacramento Bee - Mar 25, 2001   
Few share Davis' view on rate hike
Even aides predict big power cost boost
With new threats of fiscal distress descending on California's power industry and the state treasury, Gov. Gray Davis finds himself increasingly alone in his belief that the state can weather the energy crisis without significant electricity rate increas... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 25, 2001   
Power Hogs May Get Hit In Pocketbook
Davis favors tiered rate increases
Gov. Gray Davis, faced with the near inevitability of raising consumers' electricity bills, is leaning toward a rate system whereby those who use more power pay more than those who conserve, The Chronicle has learned.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 24, 2001   
Bombshell Warning on Power Cost
Spending may double and rates skyrocket, governor's office tells Legislature
Top Davis administration officials told lawmakers yesterday that the state may have to spend twice as much as expected on electricity purchases over the next two years - requiring rate increases of as much as 100 percent.... more


The Associated Press - Mar 24, 2001   
Davis reps warn lawmakers of possible 50 percent power rate hike
State power regulators may have to raise rates for customers of two financially strapped utilities at least 50 percent to cover the state\'s power purchases on their behalf, The Associated Press has learned.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 24, 2001   
Davis at Fund-Raiser as His Bill Languishes
Critics say he should have been at Capitol
While the Assembly struggled -- and failed -- to pass a bill aimed at keeping hundreds of small energy generators from bankruptcy, Gov. Gray Davis attended a $10,000-a-head golf fund-raiser yesterday in Palm Desert.... more


Los Angeles Times - Mar 23, 2001   
ESTIMATE OF POSSIBLE OVERCHARGES FOR ELECTRICITY RISES TO $6.3 BILLION
GRID OPERATOR SAYS IT HAS NOT ASSESSED HOW MUCH SHOULD BE REFUNDED. PRODUCERS DENY THAT THEY HAVE PROFITEERED.
California\'s power grid operator boosted its estimate of potential overcharges by major electricity suppliers from $ 5.5 billion to nearly $ 6.3 billion Thursday. But lawyers and industry observers said prospects for a massive refund are highly uncertain... more


La Opinión - Mar 23, 2001   
Pronostican que Bush hará bajar los precios de energía
Activistas aseguran que la crisis podría crear recesión en el país en el verano
En el verano, el presidente George W. Bush deberá hacer bajar los precios de la electricidad para evitar que la crisis económica de California se convierta en depresión en todo Estados Unidos, pronosticó ayer Harvey Rosenfield... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Mar 23, 2001   
ISO estimates price-fixing cost to consumers to be $6.2 billion
California\'s power grid managers said yesterday that energy company price fixing over a recent 10-month period has cost consumers at least $6.2 billion.... more


The Associated Press - Mar 22, 2001   
Out-of-state generators question power regulators' authority
At least three major out-of-state electricity generators are challenging the authority of the California Public Utilities Commission to investigate whether they deliberately reduced power supplies to drive up prices.... more


Associated Press - Mar 22, 2001   
Calif. Overcharged $6.2B for Power
California intensified scrutiny of soaring power prices Thursday, with grid managers accusing wholesalers of overcharging $6.2 billion and the state auditor blaming buyers and sellers for skyrocketing costs.... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Mar 21, 2001   
EDITORIAL; LIGHTS OUT, SACRAMENTO
THE STATE CAN'T EVEN IDENTIFY ITS ELECTRICITY PROBLEMS, LET ALONE FIX THEM
FOR the past three months, conventional wisdom has been that Sacramento was spending $45 million a day to keep the lights on.... more


Sacramento Bee - Mar 21, 2001   
Energy Mess II: This one belongs to the governor
Gov. Gray Davis' recent statement that if he'd wanted to raise electricity rates he could have fixed California's energy mess in 20 minutes may become one of those phrases that haunt politicians to the end of their careers.... more


Contra Costa Times - Mar 20, 2001   
Rolling blackouts again plague the Golden State
The financial collapse of the electric utilities spilled out into the power grid on Monday as money problems contributed to the most widespread outages in California since the term "rolling blackouts" became part of the state's lexicon.... more


The New York Times - Mar 20, 2001   
More Rolling Blackouts in Heat-Stricken California
In a preview of summer trouble, a heat wave combined with the sudden failure of two large power generators prompted hours of rotating blackouts today from San Francisco to Beverly Hills.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Mar 20, 2001   
Blackouts hit county; Plant fire, heat strain system statewide
From San Diego to Eureka, more than 1 million Californians endured power outages yesterday as warm weather created an unexpected surge in demand that stressed the state\'s power grid and provided a scary glimpse of what might happen this summer.... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Mar 20, 2001   
ROLLING BLACKMAIL?
SOUTHLAND'S FIRST ROTATING OUTAGES PROMPT CHARGES OF PRICE-FIXING, COLLUSION
Rolling power blackouts hit Southern California for the first time Monday as critics claimed the shortage was engineered by electricity generators to hold the state hostage.... more


GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Mar 20, 2001   
CALIFORNIA HIT BY BLACKOUTS DUE TO ENERGY CRISIS
SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR WILLIE BROWN TALKS ABOUT ENERGY CRISIS IN CALIFORNIA
FORD: And we are joined this morning from San Francisco by Mayor Willie Brown. Mayor Brown, good morning. Mayor WILLIE BROWN: Good morning. How are you, Jack? FORD: Good, thank you. Probably a little bit better than you folks are out there t... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Mar 17, 2001   
State may have claim on further overbilling; $55 million in refunds possible for February
Federal energy regulators said again yesterday that California may have paid too much for power, this time citing some $55 million in possible overcharges during February that could be subject to refund.... more


The Associated Press - Mar 16, 2001   
State will spend $51 million for energy consultants and ad campaign
Gov. Gray Davis will spend more than $51 million over two years on consultants to help negotiate power contracts and on an advertising campaign to educate the public about energy conservation.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Mar 16, 2001   
California Governor Outlines Plan to Research Energy Solutions
Gov. Gray Davis' administration plans to spend at least $ 10 million over the next two years on outside energy consultants, including current and former executives of the nearly bankrupt Southern California Edison Co.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Mar 14, 2001   
California Program Offers Rebates for Cutting Summer Power Consumption
Calling it a "patriotic duty" to save energy during the state's ongoing power crunch, Gov. Gray Davis unveiled plans Tuesday to offer a financial reward to Californians who slash their summer electricity use by one-fifth.... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Mar 14, 2001   
DAVIS ANNOUNCES REBATES FOR SUMMER POWER-SAVERS
Gov. Gray Davis ordered a 20 percent rebate Tuesday for customers of the state\'s three private utilities - residents and businesses - that cut 20 percent off their summer electricity use.... more


Associated Press - Mar 14, 2001   
Calif. Senate Opens Power Probe
In a move that could force out-of-state power suppliers to open their books and justify their profits, the state Senate is launching an investigation into whether they illegally manipulated California\'s electricity market.... more


Sacramento Bee - Mar 12, 2001   
Lawmakers find no energy idea shortage
Nearly everyone has an idea for responding to California's energy crisis... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Mar 11, 2001   
EDITORIAL: DAVIS - LOST AT SEA; GOVERNOR'S POWER PLAN FOUNDERS ON DOUBLETALK
TIMES of crisis like California's current energy shortages test our leaders' skill to sail the ship of state safely through the storm.... more


Contra Costa Times - Mar 10, 2001   
Federal Panel Orders Refunds from Power Generators in California Crisis
A federal panel that has staunchly defended the free market in the face of a collapsing electricity deregulation scheme in California ordered up to $ 69 million in refunds from power generators... more


The Orange County Register - Mar 10, 2001   
Plan for power lines could raise rates
Californians' electricity bills could climb 15 percent beyond the back-to-back increases already facing ratepayers as a result of the state's plan to buy transmission lines and power, a consumer group says.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Mar 10, 2001   
Regulators Say Wholesalers Sold Power at 'Unjust, Unreasonable' Prices
In the strongest indication yet that California's energy market is being manipulated, federal regulators said Friday that electricity wholesalers sold power during January at prices that appear to be "unjust and unreasonable,"... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 10, 2001   
Feds Hint at Power Bill Refunds
Firms ordered to justify high rates
Federal regulators warned power companies yesterday that they may have to refund $69 million to California ratepayers for charging unreasonable prices during recent electricity shortages.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Mar 10, 2001   
FERC might order power suppliers to give refunds
$69 million in overcharges for January may be rebated
Federal energy regulators, who resisted calls for refunds through eight months of California's electricity crisis, said yesterday they might order suppliers to rebate $69 million in overcharges for the month of January.... more


Copley News Service - Mar 09, 2001   
Negotiator for state is Edison consultant; consumer advocate says it's 'immoral, unethical'
When Gov. Gray Davis announced a record $43 billion portfolio of power contracts this week, he hailed the effort of a two-man team that led negotiations for the state as a key to resolving the state\'s power crisis.... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Mar 09, 2001   
LOONEY LIGHTS-OUT PLAN
GOVERNOR'S PLAN FOR 'POWER POLICE' MONITORING CALLED UNENFORCEABLE
Gov. Gray Davis' energy conservation plan that requires law enforcement agencies to police outdoor lighting at shopping malls and car dealerships is unenforceable and contains no funding for overtime or training... more


Sacramento Bee - Mar 09, 2001   
Energy-related legislative proposals piling up
Nearly everyone has an idea for responding to California\'s energy crisis:... more


Los Angeles Times - Mar 09, 2001   
LOBBYISTS FOR CONSUMERS ARE UNDERDOGS IN ELECTRICITY BATTLE
Doug Heller is aware of their presence: the lobbyists for Edison, Dynegy, Enron, Pacific Gas & Electric and other big-energy interests.... more


The Associated Press - Mar 09, 2001   
Lawmakers concerned power crunch may sap state's budget
With California spending $45 million a day just to keep its lights on in the midst of an unrelenting energy crisis, legislative leaders are beginning to worry... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 07, 2001   
State Taxpayers In Dark on Details Of Energy Deal
Few people would purchase a car simply because the dealer said, "Trust me, it's a great deal." Yet Gov. Gray Davis essentially is telling Californians just that about dozens of long-term power contracts.... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Mar 06, 2001   
STATE TIES DOWN DEAL FOR POWER
Gov. Gray Davis said Monday a new package of contracts to buy power will only provide about two-thirds of the amount needed during peak summer days.... more


Wall Street Journal - Mar 06, 2001   
For Gov. Davis, Worst Fear Is Electricity Ballot Initiative
Gov. Gray Davis was briefly diverted from worries about the state's energy crisis when an unexpected guest, former Carmel mayor and sometime golf partner Clint Eastwood, stopped by for a statehouse visit one recent night.... more


In These Times - Mar 05, 2001   
NO POWER FOR THE PEOPLE
It's hard to find anyone these days who would disagree with California Gov. Gray Davis' declaration that the state's 1996 electricity deregulation scheme "is a colossal and dangerous failure."... more


Business Week - Mar 05, 2001   
CALIFORNIA'S BITTER BAILOUT
Davis' power plan will cost taxpayers billions
Ten months into California's power crisis, a solution of sorts seems closer.... more


The Associated Press - Mar 03, 2001   
California to set aside another $500 million to buy power
State officials say they will set aside another $500 million to keep electricity crackling across California, bringing the cost of the state's power crisis to taxpayers to $3.2 billion so far.... more


The Associated Press - Mar 03, 2001   
Consumer advocates criticize parent company's loan deal
Consumer advocates are criticizing a deal under which Pacific Gas & Electric\'s parent company borrowed $1 billion to pay stockholders and its debts but not any of the billions owed by the utility.... more


Contra Costa Times - Mar 03, 2001   
PG&E used $1 billion loan to pay $116 million dividend to stockholders
PG&E Corp. used part of a $1 billion loan, which closed Friday, to pay a $116 million dividend to stockholders, even as state taxpayers continued to pick up the tab to buy the electricity needed by its utility subsidiary.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Mar 03, 2001   
San Francisco, Calif.-Based Utility Borrows Funds
In an announcement that infuriated some consumer advocates and lawmakers Friday, PG&E Corp. said it had borrowed $ 1 billion to pay its bills -- including a $ 116 million stockholder dividend... more


Copley News Service - Mar 02, 2001   
Cost to buy electric lines draws flak
The $2.76 billion price tag assigned by Gov. Gray Davis to the purchase of Southern California Edison's transmission lines is flipping some advocates of the idea into opponents or skeptics.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Feb 28, 2001   
Energy Experts Belie Davis' Rosy Prediction
Summer expected to be crunch time
Gov. Gray Davis' optimistic assessment that California may be on the "back side" of its energy crisis flies in the face of what many energy companies and other experts predict.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Feb 27, 2001   
California Senator Announces Plan to Reward Electricity Conservation
In a move that would financially reward consumers for conserving energy, State Sen. Don Perata unveiled a proposal Monday that would provide $ 1 billion in rebates to California residents who reduce their electricity use this summer.... more


Los Angeles Times - Feb 27, 2001   
ENERGY PLANS MUST BE WIRED TO WEATHER A BALLOT BACKLASH
As state leaders struggle to plot a course out of California's energy mess, many are haunted by a sense of dread that can be summed up in three words: What about Harvey?... more


Sacramento Bee - Feb 26, 2001   
Under plan, utility customers would get rebates
Customers of California's three private electric utilities would get rebates for conservation this summer under a proposal by Sen. Don Perata, D-Alameda.... more


Los Angeles Times - Feb 25, 2001   
DAVIS STRIKES DEAL WITH EDISON TO BUY GRID
STATE WOULD PAY $2.76 BILLION FOR GRID AND GUARANTEE BAILOUT BONDS. BUT THE PACT IS MET WITH MUCH SKEPTICISM AND PG&E IS BALKING AT A SIMILAR DEAL
Gov. Gray Davis announced a major breakthrough Friday in the struggle to bring stability to California\'s reeling electricity network... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Feb 24, 2001   
Edison to sell lines, Davis says
Reaching the first of three accords needed for his power-grid takeover plan, Gov. Gray Davis announced yesterday he has a tentative agreement with Southern California Edison Co. to buy its power lines... more


Contra Costa Times - Feb 24, 2001   
Davis reaches deal with Edison to buy transmission lines for $2.7 billion
Gov. Gray Davis has reached agreement with Southern California Edison for the state to buy its transmission lines for $2.7 billion... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Feb 24, 2001   
EDISON BUYOUT CLOSE
STATE OKS $2.76 BILLION TO ACQUIRE POWER LINES
Gov. Gray Davis announced Friday that the state has reached a tentative agreement with Southern California Edison Co. to buy its transmission lines... more


San Jose Mercury News - Feb 24, 2001   
Davis reaches tentative deal with Edison to buy power lines
After weeks of anticipation, Gov. Gray Davis emerged from high-stakes talks aimed at rescuing the state\'s two largest utilities with half a solution... more


Los Angeles Times - Feb 22, 2001   
FIRMS HANDLING BOND ISSUE HAVE ENERGY INDUSTRY TIES
MANY OF THE COMPANIES HIRED TO OVERSEE $10-BILLION DEAL THAT WILL ALLOW STATE TO BUY ELECTRICITY ALSO HAVE DONE BUSINESS WITH UTILITIES
More than half of the 26 financial firms hired to oversee California\\\'s record $ 10-billion bond issue to buy electricity reported business ties to utilities and energy companies... more


Copley News Service - Feb 21, 2001   
Federal regulators refuse to reconsider PG&E reorganization
Federal regulators on Wednesday refused to reconsider their decision to allow PG&E Corp. to transfer assets of several subsidiaries to a new company... more


The Associated Press - Feb 21, 2001   
Term limits leave California with legislative rookies to fix crisis
California's strict term limits have left the state with an inexperienced Legislature trying to untangle the electricity crisis - a task that may be unprecedented in its magnitude and complexity.... more


The Associated Press - Feb 21, 2001   
Senate approves power authority bill
Consumer advocates who have fought fiercely against rising utility rates remain skeptical about the state's energy crisis, but some are at least hopeful new legislation will help shift the power business into the state's hands.... more


The Associated Press - Feb 20, 2001   
Senate approves power authority bill
California's Senate gave Gov. Gray Davis more leverage in his negotiations with utility companies Tuesday, approving legislation that would allow the state to buy or build power plants.... more


Ventura County Star - Feb 19, 2001   
Power crisis sheds light on lobbying process
Utilities' donations raise questions of intent
As California's energy crisis approached, the owners of electricity-generating plants and their affiliated organizations began seeking political power in the Golden State... more


Sacramento Bee - Feb 18, 2001   
Light bill: $2 million per hour
Keep your eyes on the money. The numbers are staggering.... more


The Associated Press - Feb 18, 2001   
Taxpayer, ratepayer costs spiral in California energy crunch
Negotiations were to begin Monday on Gov. Gray Davis' multibillion dollar proposal to rescue two utilities from the brink of bankruptcy, in part by buying thousands of miles of electricity transmission lines.... more


The Orange County Register - Feb 17, 2001   
Davis' plan stirs talk of higher rates
Critics of the proposed utility bailout say consumers will have to be billed more to cover bonds.
A hefty electricity rate hike for consumers would be unavoidable under Gov. Gray Davis' plan to bail out California's cash-strapped utilities... more


Contra Costa Times - Feb 17, 2001   
San Francisco-Based Utility Rejects California Governor's Power Plan
Troubled PG&E turned a cold shoulder to a plan unveiled by Gov. Gray Davis Friday that proposes buying its transmission lines... more


Los Angeles Times - Feb 17, 2001   
ACCORD NEARER ON SALE OF POWER GRID TO STATE, GOVERNOR SAYS
DAVIS REPORTS TWO OF THREE FIRMS ARE AGREEABLE TO DEAL. BUT SOME UTILITY OFFICIALS REMAIN SHARPLY CRITICAL OF PLAN.
Proclaiming that efforts to rescue the state's utilities are reaching a new level, Gov. Gray Davis said Friday that two of the three companies are willing to negotiate... more


National Public Radio - Feb 17, 2001   
GOVERNOR GRAY DAVIS' NEW PLAN TO AVERT CALIFORNIA STATE'S UTILITIES FROM BANKRUPTCY
California Governor Gray Davis has announced his plan to divert the possible bankruptcy of utilities in his state.... more


The New York Times - Feb 17, 2001   
Plan to Stabilize Utilities Is Outlined in California
Gov. Gray Davis sketched the broad outlines today of a multibillion-dollar plan to stabilize California's nearly bankrupt electric utilities by buying their transmission lines... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Feb 17, 2001   
Davis Discloses Plan to Purchase Power Lines From Utilities
Lawsuits must be dropped, parent firms must return billions
Gov. Gray Davis took the first baby steps yesterday in negotiations with utilities that could leave California with ownership of a huge part of the power system and customers with the prospect of higher rates.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Feb 17, 2001   
Davis Discloses Plan to Purchase Power Lines From Utilities
In the long run, utilities likely to benefit at expense of ratepayers
So, will it work? Not even Gov. Gray Davis seems to know for sure whether his plan to rescue California's cash-poor utilities will leave consumers holding the bag.... more


THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE (RIVERSIDE, CA.) - Feb 17, 2001   
Davis offers way to rescue state utilities
Republicans and consumer advocates assail the plan, saying it invites higher retail rates in the future.
California's collapsing electric utilities would "go back in business and keep the lights on" under a rescue plan Gov. Davis proposed Friday.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Feb 17, 2001   
Davis outlines plan to rescue ailing utilities
Grid purchase, bonds key to proposal; PG&E objects
Gov. Gray Davis proposed a plan yesterday to rescue nearly bankrupt utilities by buying their transmission grids and letting them use part of their current rates to finance bonds to pay off their huge debts.... more


Retail Services Report - Feb 16, 2001   
State assistance keeps advancing as Calif. IOU bailout talks continue
California lawmakers and consumer advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief early this week when a federal district court in Los Angeles denied Southern California Edison\'s request for a preliminary injunction against the state Public Utilities Comm... more


The Associated Press - Feb 16, 2001   
California governor proposes state power line purchase
Plunging California deeper into the energy business, Gov. Gray Davis proposed a multibillion-dollar plan Friday to rescue two utilities from the brink of bankruptcy... more


San Jose Mercury News - Feb 16, 2001   
Davis' proposal aims to buy electricity transmission lines
California would pay its troubled electric utilities up to $8 billion to buy their transmission lines _ more than twice an independent estimate of the network's value _ as part of a proposal Gov. Gray Davis is shopping around... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Feb 16, 2001   
Governor Readies Utility Blueprint
Parent firms would help defray price increases
Gov. Gray Davis is expected to unveil a rescue plan today for California's near-bankrupt utilities that includes buying their transmission lines... more


Sacramento Bee - Feb 16, 2001   
Davis to unveil rescue proposal Power line buyout could cost consumers
Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Gray Davis today will propose a plan to rescue two debt-ridden utilities by buying their transmission lines and asking ratepayers to pick up a portion of the tab.... more


Sacramento Bee - Feb 16, 2001   
Utilities not thrilled with Davis' energy plan
Gov. Gray Davis unveiled a multibillion-dollar plan Friday that he claims will rescue debt-ridden utilities with little or no rate increase, but the long-awaited proposal wasn't immediately embraced by either the Legislature or utility executives.... more


Sacramento Bee - Feb 15, 2001   
Davis to announce buying of transmission lines
Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Gray Davis Friday will propose a plan to rescue two debt-ridden utilities by buying their transmission lines, requiring their parent companies and ratepayers to pick up the rest of the tab.... more


Los Angeles Times - Feb 15, 2001   
CREDITORS CHAFE AT STATE'S PACE ON POWER CRISIS
The California energy crisis is hurtling along two tracks--one the slow lane of legislative politics, the other the hyper-speed autobahn of high finance.... more


The Associated Press - Feb 15, 2001   
Troubled power firm tries to restart two generators
The owner of a Huntington Beach power plant that has agreed to pay $17 million to settle air pollution claims is trying to crank up two dormant generators to feed the state's ailing power grid.... more


The Associated Press - Feb 15, 2001   
State's tally nears $2 billion for short-term power buys
The state Wednesday prepared to spend $500 million more on emergency power-buying, raising the tally to nearly $2 billion... more


Associated Press - Feb 15, 2001   
Power Crisis Dominates Legislature
Jim Jay and his wife drove 90 minutes to the state Capitol where she joined about 150 other nursing home employees in a protest to demand higher pay. They hardly even saw any legislators.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Feb 15, 2001   
Berkeley Takes On Energy Crisis
Let no one accuse Berkeley of shirking the search for solutions to the energy crisis. ... more


The Associated Press - Feb 14, 2001   
State's tally nears $2 billion for short-term power buys
The state Wednesday prepared to spend $500 million more on emergency power purchases, raising the tally to nearly $2 billion... more


The Orange County Register - Feb 14, 2001   
PUC members' trips raise eyebrows
Energy firms help fund utility commissioners' travel, and their representatives go along.
Members of the state agency that oversees utility rates in California have been traveling around the world on trips paid for in part by energy companies.... more


Sacramento Bee - Feb 13, 2001   
Judge denies Edison bid for fast rate rise State says move allows more time to solve debt crisis
A federal judge Monday denied Southern California Edison's request to quickly raise its rates by about 9 percent to cover the skyrocketing costs of wholesale power associated with deregulation.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Feb 13, 2001   
Growing valley guzzling power at high speeds
As California struggles with its chronic power shortage, Silicon Valley's unquenchable thirst for electrons is boosting maximum power use... more


North County Times - Feb 13, 2001   
Utility Consumers Groups Enjoy New Power amidst California's Power Crisis
Groups that represent utility consumers, after spending years in the obscurity of regulatory hearings, are suddenly enjoying access and clout as lawmakers wrestle with the power crisis in California.... more


The Nation - Feb 12, 2001   
CALIFORNIA'S DEREGULATION DISASTER.
Blackouts, brownouts and soaring electricity rates have defined the political landscape of California since last spring. They've transformed the phrase "utility deregulation" into a household epithet.... more


Business Week - Feb 12, 2001   
POWER PLAY
On this cold January day in Houston, Enron President Jeffrey K. Skilling could easily play the pirate that California consumer groups are casting him as these days.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Feb 09, 2001   
Electricity-Regulation Initiative Shadows California Politicians' Bailout Plan
Behind every energy decision by California politicians looms a consumer group's threat to short-circuit a quick-fix legislative solution by putting the deregulation issue before voters in 2002.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Feb 08, 2001   
Utilities, state to vie over charges
Shifting of funds to parent firms is area of dispute
California utilities are squaring off against state regulators in two arenas in the next few days, in a tug of war over how much money the utilities can charge customers.... more


The Orange County Register - Feb 08, 2001   
Ex-governor won't take blame for power crisis
Wilson, faulting the PUC, urges Davis to issue an emergency order.
Former California Gov. Pete Wilson said Wednesday he deserves credit -- not blame -- for signing landmark legislation in 1996 sending the state on the path to electricity deregulation... more


San Jose Mercury News - Feb 07, 2001   
California's Electricity-Buying Deals Fall Short of Need
 After weeks of promising that it would secure low-cost electricity for California, the Davis administration unveiled power-purchase deals Tuesday that meet just a fraction of the state's needs.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Feb 07, 2001   
Davis unveils power-purchase deals
After weeks of promising that it would secure low-cost electricity for California, the Davis administration unveiled power-purchase deals Tuesday that meet just a fraction of the state's needs.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Feb 07, 2001   
State to purchase electricity for SDG&E; Good news for utility, but offers consumers mixed bag
A state agency will begin buying electricity for San Diego Gas and Electric Co. and assume costs that the utility contends threatened its future.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Feb 03, 2001   
Feds say power plant shutdowns not plot to boost prices
Federal regulators say California's record run of power plant shutdowns was legitimate and not an attempt to raise prices.... more


Los Angeles Times - Feb 03, 2001   
AUDIT FINDS NO ORCHESTRATION OF HIKES
A FEDERAL AGENCY SAYS PLANTS WEREN'T CLOSED TO DRIVE PRICES UP. REACTIONS OF DAVIS, OTHERS ARE SKEPTICAL.
Maintenance shutdowns that took some California power plants offline late last year were not orchestrated to raise prices, according to an audit by a federal regulatory agency.... more


The Associated Press - Feb 03, 2001   
Lights on at home, but not at end of tunnel
California's $10 billion gamble to plunge into the energy-buying business was greeted at the Capitol with hugs, back slapping and plaudits from the governor.... more


Los Angeles Times - Feb 02, 2001   
PRIVATE POWER PRODUCERS INCREASE POLITICAL DONATIONS
ENERGY COMPANIES STEP UP CONTRIBUTIONS, WHILE FLOW FROM UTILITIES DWINDLES.
As cash-strapped utilities curtail campaign donations to California lawmakers, privately owned power producers appear ready to pick up at least some of the slack.... more


The Washington Post - Feb 02, 2001   
Calif. Governor Signs Power Plan
State to Buy Electricity Directly From Suppliers
California lawmakers today reluctantly approved a $ 10 billion plan that authorizes the state to try to solve its dire energy crisis by buying much of the electrical power it needs directly from suppliers for the next decade.... more


The New York Times - Feb 02, 2001   
California Lawmakers Pass Energy Plan
With deadlines looming and electricity at dangerously low levels for a 17th straight day, the California State Legislature narrowly approved a $10 billion plan today to let the state buy power through long-term contracts... more


Los Angeles Times - Feb 02, 2001   
STATE APPROVES BOND SALE TO PAY FOR POWER
AFTER LEGISLATIVE BATTLE, DAVIS SIGNS BILL THAT WILL RAISE UP TO $10 BILLION AND COULD HIKE RATES. HE ALSO ORDERS RETAILERS TO CUT OUTDOOR LIGHTING OR FACE FINE
Bowing to the grim realities of California's energy crisis, Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation Thursday that authorizes the state to sell up to $ 10 billion in bonds--about $ 300 of debt for every person in the state--to buy electricity that private utili... more


Los Angeles Times   - Feb 02, 2001   
FOUR UTILITY OFFICIALS SOLD STOCK BEFORE CRISIS
ONE MADE $31,140, ANOTHER $87,512 BEFORE THE FIRMS' FINANCIAL PROBLEMS WERE WIDELY KNOWN. PG&E AND EDISON DEFEND THE TRANSACTIONS.
Three senior executives and a board member of Pacific Gas & Electric and Edison International profited from stock sales last year... more


USA TODAY - Feb 02, 2001   
Calif. to begin buying, selling power
Step triggers fears of high utility bills
California officially entered the power business Thursday when Gov. Gray Davis signed a $ 10 billion package that even supporters called a poor answer to the state's escalating energy crisis.... more


Retail Services Report - Feb 02, 2001   
Calif. lawmakers work to minimize ratepayer hit in power crisis solution
Despite earlier official vows that ratepayers would not have to foot the bill for expensive power in California, legislators in Sacramento this week were hammering out a scheme... more


National Public Radio MORNING EDITION - Feb 02, 2001   
CALIFORNIA'S GOVERNOR SIGNS LEGISLATION TO KEEP THE STATE IN THE ENERGY BUSINESS
The state of California soon will become one of the biggest electric power brokers in the nation. Democratic Governor Gray Davis has signed legislation that will keep the state in the power business... more


The Associated Press - Feb 01, 2001   
California Utility Execs Sell Stock
Four California utility executives sold small stakes in their companies last year before management began issuing dire bankruptcy warnings that contributed to a steep decline in the stocks.... more


CBS EVENING NEWS - Feb 01, 2001   
CALIFORNIA RACING TO KEEP STATE'S ENERGY CRISIS FROM REACHING CRITICAL MASS
California raced today to keep the state's energy crisis from reaching critical mass and cascading wider and deeper into the US economy.... more


Sacramento Bee - Feb 01, 2001   
Calif. enters power business
With a flick of the wrist, Gov. Gray Davis on Thursday plunged California deep into the power-buying business by signing the first major piece of legislation aimed at taming the state's haywire electricity market.... more


Energy User News - Feb 01, 2001   
Promise of Deregulated Market Reduced to Discordant Debate
California's energy misfortunes; Industry Overview
California\'s energy misfortunes multiplied almost daily as the year 2000 drew to a close. Utilities said they were running out of credit; at least one major supplier with-drew from the market; and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invoked emergency po... more


USA TODAY - Jan 31, 2001   
Calif. uses more public money to buy power
California stumbled through its 15th straight day of critical power shortages Tuesday as Gov. Gray Davis reopened state coffers to keep spending nearly $ 40 million a day to keep the lights on.... more


The Associated Press - Jan 31, 2001   
Lobbyists, advocates battle for leverage on electricity issue
Rival lobbyists swarmed through the Capitol, battling to protect their interests as lawmakers wrangled over a multbillion-dollar scheme to stabilize California's deregulated electricity market.... more


The New York Times - Jan 31, 2001   
Audits Fuel Debate on Curbing California Power Shortage
When California's Public Utilities Commission called for independent audits of the state's two largest utilities last month, the results were supposed to determine whether the utilities were justified in asking for rate increases of up to 30 percent... more


National Public Radio MORNING EDITION - Jan 30, 2001   
BUSH WHITE HOUSE CONCERNED ABOUT CALIFORNIA'S ENERGY CRISIS
AUDIT SHOWS ONE UTILITY TO BE SOLVENT
President Bush says he's prepared to help relieve California's energy crisis. The president announced yesterday that Vice President Dick Cheney will lead a federal task force... more


The Associated Press - Jan 30, 2001   
Audit: SoCal Edison saw high profits in dereg's early days, now broke
Edison International harvested $4.8 billion in dividends from Southern California Edison in the five years leading up to the recent run-up in electricity prices that has pushed the utility to the brink of bankruptcy, an audit released late Monday shows.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 30, 2001   
LEGISLATORS NEAR VOTE ON RAISING ELECTRICITY RATES
WALL STREET'S VIEW OF UTILITIES IMPROVES. CHENEY IS NAMED TO HEAD TASK FORCE ON CRISIS. AUDIT FINDS THAT IN RECENT PERIOD, EDISON TRANSFERRED $4.8 BILLION TO P
As state lawmakers on Monday dived into the politically turbulent waters of electricity rate hikes, Wall Street threw a lifeline to California's sinking utilities, saying they appear to have survived their brush with bankruptcy and are worthy of investmen... more


The New York Times - Jan 29, 2001   
Mixing Profit and Policy And Stirring Concern
The chief executive responded knowingly this past week to an array of detailed business questions... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 29, 2001   
A Fable That Outdoes Aesop for Folly
The best analogy about California's electricity deregulation comes from Richie Ross, a political consultant.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Jan 29, 2001   
For a populist moment, Davis seized the day -- then let it go
For one brief moment, California wasn't governed by a bland, cautious politician.... more


SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE - Jan 29, 2001   
Power player
Crisis puts consumer advocate back in spotlight
Doors are opening wider now for consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield. That happens when time and circumstances turn you into a prophet.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 27, 2001   
DAVIS HINTS AT CHANCE OF HIGHER RATES; LEADERS AGREE ON CRISIS PLAN
BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL CALLS FOR A STATE POWER AUTHORITY AND A TAXPAYER STAKE IN OWNERSHIP OF UTILITIES.
Gov. Gray Davis for the first time Friday backed off his insistence that rate hikes would not be part of any solution to California's energy crisis... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 27, 2001   
Utilities Scramble To Persuade Public Of Need For Rate Hikes
Energy: Edison And PG&E Mount Multi-Pronged Efforts. Trade Group Airs Ad Featuring A Consumer Advocate.
Horowitz, the \"Fight Back\" man, was implying that consumers should be battling consumer advocates--his buddies, you might assume--and not the big electric utilities. ... more


NPR WEEKEND ALL THINGS CONSIDERED - Jan 27, 2001   
GOVERNOR GRAY DAVIS OFFERS BOND PROPOSAL THAT MAY RESOLVE CALIFORNIA'S ENERGY CRISIS
In California, they're hoping to make it through the weekend without more rolling blackouts. Energy reserves are again at a critical low... more


CNN.com - Jan 27, 2001   
As lawmakers plug power holes, consumer groups decry 'bailout'
As California lawmakers work over the weekend to solve the state's power crisis, consumer advocates are calling a proposed stock option plan designed to help the failing power utilities "highway robbery."... more


Sacramento Bee - Jan 26, 2001   
State looks at 'investing' in 2 utilities
PG&E files lawsuit against rate limits
Seeking to eliminate the back-breaking debt California's two major utilities have accumulated, state officials Thursday began crafting a plan to gradually bail them out, perhaps in exchange for stock in the teetering companies.... more


MARKETPLACE - Jan 26, 2001   
CALIFORNIA CONSUMER GROUPS ANGERED OVER ALLEGED PLAN TO MAKE RATEPAYERS OR TAXPAYERS FOOT THE BILL FOR THE SOLUTION
Yes, California spent its 11th straight day on high alert for possible rolling blackouts, but this day was different.... more


Los Angeles Times   - Jan 25, 2001   
WALL STREET FIRM'S WEB SITE CALLS BLACKOUTS A TACTIC TO RAISE RATES
INTERNET COMMENTARY SAYS THREAT OF 'THE UNTHINKABLE' WILL GET POLITICIANS TO ACT -- THE SAME COMPANY IS PROVIDING ADVISORS TO HELP HERTZBERG CRAFT SOLUTIONS
The same Wall Street firm that is advising Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg on solutions to the energy crisis stated on its Web site that the blackouts plaguing California are a tactic "likely intended to soften up the Legislature and the voters.... more


The Associated Press - Jan 25, 2001   
Energy-starved California crafts relief plan
Lawmakers are considering a plan under which California would issue bonds to cover the multibillion-dollar debts of its two biggest electric utilities and make customers pay the money back over a decade.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Jan 24, 2001   
Net auction draws a lot of looks, no offers yet
Bush extends for two weeks orders ensuring surplus power
California's attempt to beat down power prices through a huge Internet auction drew lots of cyber-lookers but no takers yesterday.... more


Sacramento Bee - Jan 24, 2001   
Dim prospects for more help Power industry leaders are Bush allies
Some of the same power producers who have profited handsomely from California's energy debacle are key contributors to and philosophical allies of President Bush.... more


San Francisco Chronicle Editorial - Jan 24, 2001   
'PUC' Isn't 'Pick Up Cash'
ONE THING that's worse than a public official enriching himself by engaging in conflicts of interest is a demand that taxpayers should pick up the tab for any legal troubles arising from such wrongdoing. ... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Jan 23, 2001   
NOW, CONSERVATION'S NAME OF POWER GAME
As California officials struggle to find a solution to the crippling power crisis, criticism has increasingly focused on tepid efforts to push conservation measures - the only short-term way to deal with energy shortages.... more


THE ELECTRICITY DAILY - Jan 23, 2001   
Legislature, Davis Take Emergency Measures
After several days of deafening silence, California Gov. Gray Davis last week declared a state of emergency to allow California to buy electricity to pump into the under-supplied grid.... more


CNBC - HARDBALL WITH CHRIS MATTHEWS - Jan 22, 2001   
ALASKA'S SENATOR FRANK MURKOWSKI AND CONSUMER ADVOCATE HARVEY ROSENFIELD DISCUSS THE ENERGY CRISIS IN CALIFORNIA
Rolling power blackouts and the threat of more to come are making this a nightmare winter for California, and it's a nightmare that could come to you.... more


The Associated Press - Jan 22, 2001   
Legislators considering taking over some plants, power lines
Weekend negotiations among lawmakers resulted in plans ranging from having the state acquire the transmission systems of the state's two largest utilities to making the state the owner of their dams and hydroelectric plants.... more


THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE (RIVERSIDE, CA.) - Jan 22, 2001   
Summer looms as big worry
Rolling blackouts across Northern California last week brought home the importance of the state's troubled power supply. But people who know the energy business know the real crunch could be six months away.... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Jan 20, 2001   
STATE POWER WOES GROW
BUSINESSES LOSE $ 1.7 BILLION DUE TO WEEK'S BLACKOUTS
California's energy crisis deepened Friday, costing millions in lost wages, lost production and lost confidence in the state's sterling credit.... more


Sacramento Bee - Jan 20, 2001   
State faces credit alert over rescue plan
S&P move signals investors in state bonds to be cautious


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Jan 19, 2001   
$ 1 BILLION HANDOUT?
STATE WILL BUY POWER, PASS IT ON
Gov. Gray Davis and the state Legislature moved Thursday to increase their commitment to nearly $ 1 billion in taxpayer money to buy electricity without any clear plan to get paid back... more


The Orange County Register - Jan 19, 2001   
State may buy more electricity
Legislature approves spending $400 million over 12 days to prevent blackouts.
Taxpayers risk losing as much as $400 million in an emergency plan passed by the Legislature on Thursday that allows the state to dip into its general fund to buy electricity for the next 12 days to prevent further blackouts.... more


Sacramento Bee - Jan 19, 2001   
State auditor threatens to subpoena PUC
The state auditor last week threatened to issue subpoenas forcing the California Public Utilities Commission to cooperate with an investigation into the state's embattled power market.... more


USA TODAY - Jan 19, 2001   
Calif. still wrestles with power plight
Specific solutions for state's woes also seem to be in short supply
Californians struggled through a second day of rolling blackouts Thursday as lawmakers and regulators sought to bring short-term stability to a chaotic energy picture.... more


Sacramento Bee - Jan 19, 2001   
Rolling Blackouts: Day 2
Legislature OKs crisis power bill
Rolling blackouts swept through Northern and Central California for a second straight day Thursday, as the state Legislature approved an emergency spending bill aimed at keeping the lights on... more


National Public Radio MORNING EDITION - Jan 19, 2001   
CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE PASSES $400 MILLION STOPGAP PLAN TO BUY ELECTRICITY FOR THE STATE
California lawmakers have given Governor Gray Davis the authority he needs to use state funds to buy electricity to keep power flowing into California.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 19, 2001   
LAWMAKERS VOTE TO USE RESERVE FUND AS BUSH REJECTS POWER PRICE CAPS
OFFICIALS ACKNOWLEDGE THE $400 MILLION MIGHT NEVER BE RECOVERED. LIGHTS GO OUT AGAIN IN SOME AREAS, BUT REGULATORS EXPECT TO KEEP THEM ON FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
The state Legislature on Thursday approved spending hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayers' money to keep power flowing in California, eating into the state's multibillion-dollar surplus... more


San Jose Mercury News - Jan 18, 2001   
California Lays Victim to Rolling Waves of Cynicism
Cynicism is rolling across California these days along with the blackouts and big utility bills. Most Californians don't doubt they're in the midst of a real energy crisis. But many contend that electricity shortages are simply the work of power companie... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 18, 2001   
ROLLING BLACKOUTS PUSH ENERGY CRISIS FROM THREAT TO REALITY
SYSTEM OPERATORS PULL PLUG ON CUSTOMERS FROM BAKERSFIELD TO EUREKA. DAVIS DECLARES AN EMERGENCY, CLEARING WAY FOR STATE TO PURCHASE POWER.
Rolling blackouts dimmed sizable portions of Northern and Central California on Wednesday, shutting businesses and tangling traffic... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 17, 2001   
EDISON IN DEFAULT; ASSEMBLY PASSES PLAN TO BUY POWER
'TIME HAS SIMPLY RUN OUT,' COMPANY SAYS AS IT ANNOUNCES IT WON'T MAKE $600 MILLION IN PAYMENTS. DETAILS OF STATE PURCHASE CONTRACTS REMAIN UNCERTAIN.
Southern California Edison edged closer to insolvency Tuesday by declaring that it would not make nearly $ 600 million in electricity and bond payments... more


National Post - Jan 17, 2001   
California moves to keep utilities supplying power
Near bankruptcy: Legislature proposes law to buy power on utilities' behalf
California lawmakers began rushing an emergency bill through the legislature assembly last night aimed at keeping the lights on in the largest state in the United States.... more


The Orange County Register - Jan 17, 2001   
Edison defaults on debt payments
The decision moves the utility closer to bankruptcy. Some analysts see the move as a bargaining ploy.
California's power crisis lurched into troubling new terrain Tuesday when Southern California Edison, the utility that serves most of Orange County, defaulted on more than half a billion dollars in debt... more


San Jose Mercury News - Jan 17, 2001   
Assembly votes to buy, sell electricity to bail out power companies
With California's two major utilities on the ropes financially, the Assembly late Tuesday sought to calm Wall Street's jitters, passing hastily drawn legislation... more


Salon.com - Jan 17, 2001   
Power politics
California Democrats are trying to buy electricity to sell to state utilities, but Republicans and energy companies are crying foul.
During his State of the State address last week, California Gov. Gray Davis said he did not want to point fingers or assign blame for the state\'s ever-worsening electricity shortage.... more


The Washington Post - Jan 17, 2001   
Calif. Acts to Keep Utilities Solvent
Assembly Passes Emergency Bill to Make State an Electricity Middleman
Reeling from the nation's most serious energy crisis, California's Assembly late tonight passed emergency legislation to keep the state's two biggest utility companies solvent... more


San Jose Mercury News - Jan 16, 2001   
California Legislators Seek Solutions to Utility Crisis
 With payments looming for the state's two largest utilities and bankruptcy apparently not far off, lawmakers will be asked today to pass a bailout bill -- and fill in the details later.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Jan 16, 2001   
State asked to act fast on buying electricity; Assembly action to be sought today on plan to help Edison
SACRAMENTO -- Lawmakers plan to take their first step toward solving California's electricity crisis today by asking the Assembly to quickly approve the state's purchase of electricity.... more


The New York Times Company - Jan 16, 2001   
Wall Street Taking Pulse of Utilities
When the stock markets open for trading Tuesday morning, investors will be keeping a watchful eye on the parent companies of two of California's largest utilities, wondering if this is the week either declares bankruptcy.... more


CNBC BUSINESS CENTER - Jan 16, 2001   
TROUBLES FACING CALIFORNIA IN ITS ENERGY CRISIS
The California power crisis has two of California's biggest utilities now on the brink of bankruptcy. Southern California Edison, a unit of Edison International, and Pacific Gas and Electric both had their credit ratings slashed... more


Contra Costa Times - Jan 16, 2001   
California Legislators Debate State Involvement in Energy Crisis
 Four years after the state moved to deregulate the electricity industry, lawmakers are poised today to step back into the state's power picture when they begin considering whether to buy electricity for millions of Californians.... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Jan 16, 2001   
GOVERNOR HOPES PLAN HAS ENERGY
Hoping to keep California lighted, save the utilities and hold down rates, Gov. Gray Davis worked through the holiday Monday on an energy plan for state Assembly consideration today.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 15, 2001   
ENERGY PLAYERS DEEPLY DIVIDED ON RESCUE PLAN
DAVIS' BID TO STABILIZE MARKET COMES UNDER FIRE FROM BOTH SIDES. COMPANIES SAY PROPOSED PAYMENT IS TOO LOW; CONSUMER GROUPS DECRY THE BLUEPRINT AS A BAILOUT.
Despite Gov. Gray Davis' show of public optimism, the key players in California's electricity saga remain poles apart over the two most fundamental facets of a newly conceived rescue plan... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Jan 15, 2001   
Peace's profile low in energy dilemma
SACRAMENTO -- California's power crisis has captured nearly all the energy of the new legislative session.... more


United Press International - Jan 15, 2001   
Calif faces "pay now or later" plan
A plan that would thrust the state into the roll of electricity broker was set to be presented to the California legislature this week, although the proposal was receiving a cool reception on Monday from some consumer advocates and industry representative... more


MARKETPLACE - Jan 15, 2001   
CALIFORNIA'S GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE CONSIDER PLANS TO RESOLVE THE STATE'S ENERGY CRISIS
DAVID BRANCACCIO, anchor: Following marathon negotiations, California's governor says he is close to a deal to fix his state's broken electricity market.... more


FOX SPECIAL REPORT - Jan 15, 2001   
Political Headlines
California officials are blaming deregulation for the current electricity emergency in that state.... more


The Associated Press - Jan 15, 2001   
Consumer groups cry foul at utility's restructuring bid
Consumer groups said Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.'s restructuring should make lawmakers and Gov. Gray Davis think twice before considering a bailout for troubled utilities.... more


CBS MORNING NEWS - Jan 15, 2001   
CALIFORNIA CREATES PLAN TO HELP UTILITIES STAVE OFF BANKRUPTCY
California lawmakers could consider as early as tomorrow a plan to end the power crisis that's gripping the state. It would, in effect, make the state an electricity broker, but critics say taxpayers would pay a heavy price. Randall Pinkston reports.... more


Los Angeles Times   - Jan 14, 2001   
GENERATORS ACTED TO KEEP PRICES HIGHER, STUDIES SHOW
Gov. Gray Davis calls them pirates, marauders, gougers and greedy profiteers--those out-of-state generators in the eye of California's electricity storm.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 14, 2001   
DAVIS SAYS STATE WILL BUY POWER FOR RESALE TO UTILITIES
THE GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES THE PLAN FOR PURCHASES AT REDUCED RATES DURING A LONG CONFERENCE OF TOP OFFICIALS. OTHER PARTICIPANTS ARE LESS OPTIMISTIC.
With California's major utilities teetering near bankruptcy, Gov. Gray Davis announced a plan Saturday under which the state would buy power at reduced rates and resell it to the battered companies to stabilize California's haywire electricity market.... more


Associated Press - Jan 14, 2001   
Officials Wrestle on Calif. Power
The California legislature hopes to end the state's energy crisis by considering a plan Tuesday to make California a major electricity broker.... more


The Associated Press - Jan 14, 2001   
Feds, state and utilities meet to broker electricity deal
Will STAND for AMs
State and federal officials met with representatives of power companies during a seven-hour bi-coastal video conference convened Saturday to help solve the state's ongoing electricity crisis.... more


Sacramento Bee - Jan 13, 2001   
Energy deal may be on the horizon
State would buy electricity cheaply, re-sell it to utilities
State officials Friday revealed details of a plan for the state to buy wholesale electricity and re-sell it to California utilities at cost... more


Associated Press - Jan 13, 2001   
Investor-owned utilities have history of charging higher rates
With utility bills on the rise, a radio station in the Sierra foothills produced a song that struck a chord with angry ratepayers.... more


CBS News - THE EARLY SHOW - Jan 12, 2001   
ELECTRICITY CRISIS IN CALIFORNIA NEARLY CAUSES PARTS OF THE STATE TO GO BLACK AS A WINTER STORM HAS CAUSED MORE PROBLEMS WITH THE SHORTAGE
JON FRANKEL, co-host: The electricity crisis in California, as we mentioned, went to the brink overnight, but the state never went dark. Officials had planned a series of controlled blackouts... more


San Francisco Chronicle - Jan 12, 2001   
Watchdog Irate Over Plan to Pay Regulator's Bills
A consumer watchdog group said yesterday that it was outraged that the state plans to pay the legal bills for one of its top utility regulators, who faces a lawsuit to remove him from office for violating conflict-of-interest laws.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Jan 12, 2001   
Watchdog Wants California Payment of Utility Regulator's Legal Bills Stopped
 The watchdog group that is trying to oust Henry M. Duque from the Public Utilities Commission asked Gov. Gray Davis on Thursday to stop the PUC from paying his legal bills.... more


The New York Times - Jan 12, 2001   
THE POWER CRISIS: THE NEGOTIATIONS
Seeking Harmony to Quiet California Energy Turmoil
While Californians readied themselves for yet another day of possible power blackouts, negotiators in Washington continued today to try to hammer out a solution to the state's energy problems.... more


Sacramento Bee - Jan 12, 2001   
Peace hits 'myths' on energy law
Steve Peace, the legislator who led efforts to craft a 1996 bill deregulating California's electricity market, has posted a video on his state Senate Web site that argues he was never a fan of deregulation in the first place.... more


San Jose Mercury News - Jan 11, 2001   
Government, Industry Officials Consider Deal to Solve California Power Crisis
 SACRAMENTO, Calif.--Seeking a broad solution to California's energy woes, state, federal and industry officials are negotiating a deal that could provide beleaguered utilities with a guaranteed supply of electricity in exchange for an agreement to hold d... more


The Daily News of Los Angeles - Jan 11, 2001   
POWER OUTAGES LOOM AS OFFICIALS TRY TO END CRISIS
WASHINGTON - State and federal officials worked behind closed doors Wednesday to solve California's energy crisis even as U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson refused to extend an emergency order ensuring that the state's power needs would be met.... more


Contra Costa Times - Jan 11, 2001   
PG&E says its natural gas supplies may be cut off soon without aid
The statewide electricity crisis now threatens natural gas supplies used to heat Northern California homes and fire power plants because the state's largest energy utility can no longer buy the gas on its own, according to documents f... more


The Associated Press - Jan 11, 2001   
Consumer group miffed at bill payments to PUC commissioner
A consumer rights group is miffed that the state is paying the legal bills of Public Utilities Commission member Henry Duque after he was sued over investments he made in a company the panel oversees.... more


Sacramento Bee - Jan 11, 2001   
Progress, warning in state energy fight
Gov. Gray Davis and other officials laid out details Wednesday of their efforts to rein in the state's electricity crisis, even as Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said it was confronting a new emergency... more


The Associated Press - Jan 10, 2001   
Peace video defends role in state power crisis
State Sen. Steve Peace has released a videotape to counter charges that he was an architect of California's energy deregulation and is largely to blame for spiraling utility bills and widespread power shortages in California.... more


The San Diego Union-Tribune - Jan 10, 2001   
Market lacks utility players
high-tech firms weigh options
Wall Street gave a Bronx cheer to Gov. Gray Davis' energy plan yesterday, as investors pushed California electricity stocks lower and analysts continued to rate utility bonds at just above the junk-bond level.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 10, 2001   
DEAL COULD CAP ELECTRICITY RATES --BUT AT A PRICE
CONSUMERS WOULD BE PROTECTED FROM HIGHER BILLS; IN EXCHANGE, PRODUCERS WOULD BE GUARANTEED LONG-TERM FIXED WHOLESALE PRICES. CRITICS SAY PLAN COULD BACKFIRE.
Government and industry officials sought agreement Wednesday on a deal that would ensure California consumers pay no more for electricity in return for a promise that the state's power producers could collect a fixed--and potentially lucrative--price for... more


Ventura County Star - Jan 10, 2001   
Saving power can be hard
When Gov. Gray Davis asked Californians on Monday to voluntarily cut electricity consumption by as much as 7 percent, he cited the example of putting a computer in sleep mode when it is not in use.... more


The Associated Press State - Jan 10, 2001   
Davis seeks long-term energy contracts to resolve crisis
Gov. Gray Davis is proposing that the state enter into long-term contracts with electric utilities or wholesalers to guarantee a stable price for the state's power supply, officials said Wednesday.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 09, 2001   
DAVIS' TOUGH TALK FACES EVEN TOUGHER OBSTACLES
Gov. Gray Davis pulled out some harsh words during his speech Monday night on California's electricity crisis. Now come the harsh realities.... more


The Orange County Register - Jan 09, 2001   
Reaction mixed to Davis plan to salvage energy companies
SANTA ANA, Calif._Consumers and business people wanted their governor to provide a solution to the state's energy crisis. They were split Monday night on whether that's what they got.... more


The Washington Times - Jan 09, 2001   
California generators pressed to cut prices
Davis threatens to take over plants
California Gov. Gray Davis warned power generating companies last night that if the price of electricity in his state does not come down and the supply go up, he might order the state to take over generating facilities.... more


The Associated Press - Jan 08, 2001   
Governor seeks overhaul of troubled California power system
Gov. Gray Davis urged sweeping changes Monday to California's beleaguered electricity system, proposing a public agency to build power plants and threatening to seize the plants of wholesalers who gouge consumers and utilities.... more


The Associated Press - Jan 08, 2001   
California Legislature now on the spot in high-stakes poker game
The battle over who should foot California's astronomical electricity bill is becoming a political showdown that pits the financial might of Wall Street financiers against the voting power of Main Street consumers.... more


The Associated Press - Jan 08, 2001   
Reaction to Gov. Gray Davis' State of the State speech:
ON ENERGY
"Governor Davis finally got the message that he needs to be bold in dealing with this energy crisis. He seems to be willing to use the power of the state to stand up to these unregulated power generators that have been choking the state. -- Doug Heller... more


National Public Radio MORNING EDITION - Jan 08, 2001   
CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS HOPE GOVERNOR WILL ADDRESS THE ENERGY CRISIS IN HIS STATE OF THE STATE SPEECH
California Governor Gray Davis delivers his annual State of the State address today in Sacramento. He's not expected to make any dramatic announcements... more


The Washington Times - Jan 07, 2001   
Utility crisis grows despite rate increase
California considers power agency
LOS ANGELES - Immediate catastrophe was probably avoided in the California power crunch last week when officials allowed the state's two largest electric utilities a 90-day rate increase of 9 percent for residential customers and up to 15 percent for busi... more


National Post - Jan 06, 2001   
California ponders rescue of cash-strapped utilities
Selling bonds an option: Credit downgrades to deepen debt of PG&E, Edison
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California legislators are discussing ways to resolve the credit crisis of PG&E Corp. and Edison International, owners of the state's two biggest utilities.... more


Los Angeles Times - Jan 05, 2001   
GOVERNOR, LEGISLATORS MOVING TOWARD BAILOUT OF UTILITIES
BONDS ISSUED BY THE STATE COULD BE A KEY ELEMENT. OTHER OFFICIALS CALL FOR A PUBLIC POWER AUTHORITY. THE PUC APPROVES A 90-DAY RATE HIKE.
Gov. Gray Davis and legislators Thursday moved toward a possible state bailout of private utilities struggling to pay runaway electricity prices.... more


The Orange County Register - Jan 05, 2001   
Commission approves 9 percent power rate hikes for residents
The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved modest electricity rate hikes and called for a new round of regulatory steps to solve the state's power crisis, while Wall Street signaled that the increases weren't enough.... more


The Associated Press - Jan 05, 2001   
Wall St. hammers credit rating, stocks of California utilities
Wall Street shoved California's two largest utilities farther out on a flimsy financial limb Thursday after state regulators approved "wholly insufficient" electricity rate increases.... more


Orange County Register - Jan 05, 2001   
Consumer uprising doesn't seem likely
Observers say the 9 percent increase in electricity rates won't spark widespread outrage.
When state regulators hiked electricity rates Thursday, consumer groups declared that the "ratepayer revolt begins today.''... more


San Jose Mercury News - Jan 04, 2001   
California Commission Proposes to Increase Electricity Rates
 Seeking to calm the state's turbulent energy markets, a state commission on Wednesday proposed boosting residential electricity rates by an average of $ 5 a month for three months, but the plan appeared unlikely to persuade lenders to keep California's t... more


Sacramento Bee - Jan 04, 2001   
Davis names aide to PUC before rate-hike vote Action shifts power to board Democrats
A day before the state Public Utilities Commission casts a critical vote on a recommended electricity rate increase, Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday appointed his staff director to the five-member body... more


Associated Press - Jan 04, 2001   
Calif. Utilities To Raise Rates
The state Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to grant emergency rate increases to two cash-strapped utilities that serve 25 million Californians.... more


The Associated Press - Jan 03, 2001   
Regulators grant utilities temporary rate hike
The California Public Utilities Commission recommended emergency rate increases to two cash-starved utilities Wednesday, but only for 90 days and for far less than the utilities had requested.... more


USA TODAY - Jan 03, 2001   
Learn from Calif. mistake
The myth of electricity deregulation has met reality in California, and the result is a $ 40 billion debacle.... more


The Fresno Bee - Jan 02, 2001   
Electricity rate rage growing
Consumers fight back with a Web site and calls for a ballot measure.
As state officials talk about raising electricity rates by 26% to 40% to pay for blundering into a deregulated market, an outrage is building.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jan 01, 2001   
Feds want surcharge to pay utilities' debts
Additional rate boost likely, cash would go to power suppliers
Federal energy regulators have proposed a surcharge on wholesale electricity sales in California to compensate generating companies, angering state officials who say the idea amounts to gouging consumers.... more


The San Francisco Chronicle - Jan 01, 2001   
Consumer groups wary of new player
They fear it may saddle taxpayers with more debt
Consumer watchdog groups that have long bird-dogged the utilities on behalf of ratepayers are facing mounting challenges, and it\'s not only because of the power crisis.... more


Sacramento Bee - Jan 01, 2001   
Edison rescue won't require sale of lines
A key Assembly committee voted Monday night to support acquiring a five-year option to purchase Southern California Edison's transmission lines at double their book value as part of a $2.9 billion state rescue plan.... more


The Associated Press - Jan 01, 2001   
Californians fault Bush energy proposal
Many Californians, struggling with sharply higher gasoline prices and rising electricity rates, found little comfort in President Bush\'s national energy plan released Thursday.... more


In The Media - 2000


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