CPUC Arm Spurns $2B PG&E Upgrades In Place Of Fine

Law360, New York (July 11, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT) -- The safety division of the California Public Utilities Commission on Monday backed away from a controversial push for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to spend $2.25 billion on upgrades to its system instead of paying it as a fine for alleged safety violations ahead of a fatal 2010 pipeline explosion.

In a filing with the CPUC, the agency’s Consumer Protection and Safety Division cited a kerfuffle within its ranks over the proper punishment for PG&E that culminated in an announcement last week that general counsel Frank...
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