Meant for them anywayBy January, Barlow was sending drafts of his replies to five different people before sending to me. (The tardiness of his replies motivated me to file the open records request.)In one email, he minimized the online impact of our campaign: "His content isn't getting a ton of traction — his tweets go un-tweeted, his videos go largely unwatched." He added, "I'll download the rest of his vids so you have a representative sampling."See? Somebody's watching.Helping TexansIn October, Barlow complained in an email to leadership, "This week was a little heavy on the Lieber." (That week I relaunched the campaign with a social media post asking for support.)Was it heavy enough? Cindy Simonson of Waxahachie wrote me this week: "I just wanted to give a shout-out about your campaign against the "p" UC. They have not streamlined this platform, and it is so confusing. I cannot understand why we have to do this investigative shell game with the prospective electric … [Read more...] about Internal emails show Public Utility Commission plotting a PR campaign to defend its image
By Letters To The Editor | December 19, 2018 at 3:10 pm Public utilities’ low-cost power not infinite supply Re: “Rethinking California’s electric utilities” (Opinion section, Dec. 9): In Dan Walters’ recent column in the Mercury News, he points out that electricity rates are much lower for Sacramento Municipal Utility District than private utilities such as PG&E, and uses that as an argument for replacing PG&E with a public agency. Actually, there is a very good reason public utilities’ rates are lower: They receive low-cost hydropower from federal dams. By law, public utilities have first priority for this power. However, a new public utility would have to get in line and there may not be nearly enough power to significantly lower rates for an entity the size of PG&E. So Dan Walters’ idea may not yield significantly lower electricity rates. Dennis GaushellSunnyvale Submit your letter to the editor via this formLetters to the … [Read more...] about Letter: Public utilities’ low-cost power not infinite supply
Gov.-elect Tim Walz’s choice for the open spot on Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission will have a say in regulating electricity, natural gas and telecom industries in the state. But so far one energy project has loomed especially large over the selection process: a crude oil pipeline in northern Minnesota owned by Calgary-based Enbridge. At least two prominent candidates have been deeply involved in contesting and litigating the company’s effort to build Line 3, while another handful of applicants have at least some ties to debate over the project. If built, the $2.6 billion Minnesota portion of the new pipeline would stretch 337 miles through north-central Minnesota before ending in Superior, Wisconsin, carrying 760,000 barrels of oil through the state each day. A spot on the commission is open because Nancy Lange, the current chairwoman of the PUC, is expected to leave when her term expires in January. For PUC applications to be driven by a single project such … [Read more...] about Could pipeline politics affect Walz’s choice for next public utilities commissioner?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Travis Andersen Globe Staff October 12, 2018 The state Department of Public Utilities has ordered Columbia Gas of Massachusetts to “impose a moratorium on all work” except for restoration efforts in the Merrimack Valley, following the release of a preliminary NTSB report on the Sept. 13 explosions and gas fires. The order will remain in effect at least through Dec. 1, officials said. “Following the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report and as a result of ongoing inspections of Columbia Gas’s gas system, the Department of Public Utilities ... has ordered Columbia Gas to impose a moratorium on all work, except for emergency and compliance work, across the company’s entire service territory until at least December 1, 2018,” said Peter Lorenz, a spokesman for the state Office of Energy and Environmental … [Read more...] about Department of Public Utilities orders Columbia Gas to halt all work except in Merrimack Valley
No one waved a white flag at the Alamo. They fought until the bitter end. Not so at the (Public) Utility Commission, where two of the three commissioners made comments this month that are the equivalent of unfurling a white flag and heading to the nearest flagpole.They spoke about eliminating the state's neutral retail electricity shopping site, PowerToChoose.org.Hey, commissioners. Don't surrender!This is why I took your P away from the PUC. You don't care about us.Electricity companies who game the UC's search results and use deceptive marketing techniques to trick us into overpaying for electricity are a disgrace.What's worse is you let them get away with this. You're supposed to fix this, not run from this. Chairman DeAnn Walker announced at your last meeting that the UC may want to examine "whether we need to continue having a pricing function" on PowerToChoose."We've been here before," Commissioner Arthur D'Andrea said. "The commission thought we fixed the website, but here we … [Read more...] about Dear (Public) Utility Commission: Don’t you dare abandon Texans struggling to shop for electricity