Calif. Utility Regulator Focusing On Companies' Safety Culture

Law360 (September 12, 2019, 4:57 PM EDT) -- Recently, the California Public Utilities Commission initiated two investigations of Southern California Gas Company: (1) an order instituting investigation, or OII, and order to show cause, or OSC, into the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak;[1] and (2) an OII concerning the safety culture of the utility and its parent company, Sempra Energy.[2] These new proceedings are only two of several investigations pending against California investor-owned utilities.

Unlike previous investigations, where the CPUC focused on specific incidents (e.g., the energy crisis, specific fires, gas leaks or explosions), recent investigations show a focus on utility corporate culture connected with potential misconduct — including...

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