PG&E Can Charge Customers $299M For Pipeline Safety: CPUC

Law360, San Diego (December 21, 2012, 7:40 PM EST) -- The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday cleared the way for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to charge customers $299.2 million to help fund a three-year pipeline safety plan, in addition to adopting new whistleblower posting requirements for utilities.

The commission approved the utility’s 2012-2014 plan, which calls for pressure testing 783 miles of natural gas pipeline, replacing 186 miles of pipeline, upgrading 199 miles of pipeline to allow in-line inspection and installing 228 automated shut-off valves. The decision, which comes after a 2010 explosion of...
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