SoCal Edison Hit With $16.7M Fine Over Secret Meetings

By Y. Peter Kang (December 3, 2015, 8:10 PM EST) -- California's utilities regulator on Thursday imposed a $16.7 million fine against Southern California Edison for failing to properly report that it held several backdoor meetings with regulators in connection with the January 2012 closing of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

The California Public Utilities Commission determined that SoCal Edison failed to make a timely disclosure of eight ex parte communications, or undisclosed talks, including a 2013 meeting with former CPUC President Michael Peevey at a Warsaw, Poland, hotel discussing costs related to the San Onofre facility shutdown, a violation of state regulations and ethics rules.

The regulator largely adopted the...

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