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"public utility commission" Discussed on Texas Take
"Five up there one of the great reporters in dfw. That not only was the suggestion goofy but that abbott was going to sort of go slow when it came to the agenda for the special session. He said he would do one topic at a time until the legislature approved. That you know a bill on the topic. He was talking about that. He wouldn't move to the next topic until they got that done. It's not what he's doing at all he's doing something very different in fact he's doing basically what he did in two thousand seventeen when he called his only other special sessions easy to think that special sessions happen all the time but they don't that's why they call them special In seventeen that was abbots only special so far and we're going into the next one and he's structurally he's doing this sort of the same remember. In twenty seventeen there were twenty items placed on the call And there's actually twenty one items of you include the sunset legislation which was the source of the leverage for the lieutenant governor to be able to move forward with things like the bathroom bill which ultimately failed. But there were other things on there. Too like Tree-pruning ordinances micromanaging. What cities and counties can do stuff like that. Well this time around What are we have. We have elections legislation. we have Some more legislation supporting police and a few other things right border wall border security is included in this anything. Stand out to you. Jeremy the fact that we're going to go back through another transgender children war Seems a little surprising to me. I i didn't expect that to come back up so quickly So there's a bill you know. He wants a bill on preventing transgender girls. Meal to play girls scholastic sports in texas. There's another bill. He wants more on critical race. Theory what specifically is unclear. But it's clearly topic du jour on fox news every day so fits that box perfectly So there's a lot of you know it's hard not to call it a red meat. You know party going on it. I tweeted out earlier that this looks like the cpac conference just moved to austin Because that's what it kind of feels like everything that's on that agenda at cpac in dallas this weekend where they're meeting with president trump. All that is going to be basically part of this agenda for the special session so it feels like we're all sort of locked in the trump show and of course that makes the fundamental issue elections. Let me mention one issue. That's not on there. Which would be electricity. Correct that you remember. Lieutenant governor. Patrick was very fired up about that. He submitted an op-ed to the dallas morning news last week arguing that texas needs more electricity plain and simple Governor abbot took some executive action. Imagine that This week on that directing the public utility commission to address What's going on with the electricity market in texas. That's after abbott had said that everything that needed to be down on the grid was done during the regular session..
"public utility commission" Discussed on KZSC 88.1 FM Santa Cruz
"Provided dwellings and go to and from the fields in grower supplied transportation. California's solar advocacy groups. That beat back legislation that would have made rooftop solar systems more expensive, A warning about a similar proposal that is on tomorrow's agenda of the California Public Utilities Commission. Just an Potter has the story. Groups working to battle climate change warned that rooftop solar and energy efficiency programs could be in big trouble. If the California Public Utilities Commission votes tomorrow to revamp the way the agency evaluates them. The groups claim that changes to what's known as the avoided cost calculator will cut the value of rooftop solar in half, and they worry this could lead to a cut in reimbursements or extra fees for families who install rooftop solar panels. Laura Niche who heads the nonprofit 3 50 Bay Area, thanks Could be the beginning of the end for small scale solar. When homeowners are not adequately compensated, they will stop putting solar on the roof, which will diminish the amount of relatively cheap distributed energy and eliminate the benefits of that, from the grid of the future they avoided cost calculator is used to evaluate the costs and benefits of any given programme. The commission normally only allows big changes in even numbered years. This proposal is on the consent calendar, with no debate and opponents one it pulled from the agenda. Last week, the state's three biggest utilities sent a letter to the commission, arguing the proposed changes are minor and warranted, and that they'd allow for more accurate projections. Niche believes the utilities want these changes because they favor large scale solar projects. Bring a guaranteed rate of return. They're doing what they're being incented to do, and they are fighting against these much smaller distributed projects because they do not benefit from it directly. Laura Diane is with Environment California, a group that just published a report on rooftop solar. She argues that the state needs to protect net metering programmes not put up. Roadblocks were living with the consequences of global warming right now. And so getting to 100% renewable energy future has to happen as fast as.
"public utility commission" Discussed on KPRC 950 AM
"Got the public Utilities Commission. You have certainly the Legislature and the governor. You have these private actors that invest in Electric generation, whether wind or solar or natural gas or coal or nuclear And unfortunately, what we have here in Texas is this toxic brew of Of federal tax policy and state tax policy that has encouraged the over production of wind and solar. Subsidized it. And has discouraged the creation of reliable generation, mostly from natural gas, and as a result Our grid is becoming more and more unstable. And more and more susceptible to blackouts during the winter and the summer, including today when they're urging conservation. So how'd I do? You did fine. Um And actually, you were very diplomatic. I think there are probably a lot of people going. Are you kidding me already? Where there are already telling us that we were having an electric grid issue. They want us to conserve all the way through Friday. It's only June. Right. 98 degrees in June in Texas is not unique. No, it's not unique. And and their end is the problem, right? Is that in the last till I don't know. Five years or so we've added approximately 31,000 megawatts of wind and solar and we've subtracted a net. 4000 megawatts, a reliable natural gas and coal and the more you do that the more times we're going to have days like today and tomorrow the next day, whereas you point out it's not even that hot, right? I mean air conditioners. Don't really care how humid it is outside. Unlike us humans as long as it's not a swamp cooler, which aren't too common around here and so they don't have to work as hard when it's only 95 or 96. Imagine as you say what it'll be like when we had 100 and five I mean, one of the problems. One of the problems Chuck they're saying with today is that there are there are more units that are down for repairs than they anticipated. Now, I don't know if that means that They didn't know which.
Texas AG says retroactive power-price cut okay, passes constitutional code
"Attorney General Ken Paxton is giving the State Public Utilities Commission permission to retroactively adjust electricity prices. He published an opinion today saying that such a move would be constitutional based on the state Utilities code. Texas Senate passed a bill this week demanding the PUC redo prices after last month's winter storms and independent market monitor found that ERCOT artificially kept prices high during the storm and overbilled energy companies afterward.
ERCOT CEO Refuses $800K Payout Following Firing
"W. Away, I fired CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas as he won't seek or accept his severance pay. Under his contract, Bill Magnus would have been owed more than $800,000 or one year of his base salary. Urquhart's board voted Wednesday to give Magnus a 60 day termination notice or cots been heavily criticized recently for failure to prepare and respond properly to the winter storm that knocked out electric power for millions of Texans and caused dozens of deaths and it turns out ERCOT kept market prices for power high for nearly two more days after widespread outages ended on February 17th. Resulting in $16 billion in additional cost to Texas power companies. The independent market Monitor for the Public Utility Commission of Texas was which oversees ERCOT wrote in a letter that ERCOT should have reset the prices the following day and recommends ERCOT retroactively a men
Texas power grid CEO fired after deadly February blackouts
"Hi Mike Rossi you're reporting the Texas power grid CEO was fired after the deadly February blackouts the CEO of the Texas power grid has been fired in the latest fallout after the statewide blackouts that left millions without electricity and heat for days during an extended cold snap last month bill Magnus the CEO of the electric reliability council of Texas was given a two month termination notice buyer cuts board in a meeting Wednesday night bag this made more than eight hundred seventy six thousand dollars in salary and other compensation in twenty nineteen on Monday public utility commission chairwoman deann Walker resigned her post in Washington the house oversight committee is opening an investigation of caught hi Mike Rossio
"public utility commission" Discussed on WBAP 820AM
"Public Utilities Commission chair Dan Walker is the highest ranking official to step down in the aftermath of one of the largest power outages in U. S history. He was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott in 2017 in the letter to Abbott. She says she accepts her role in the outages last month, but that others should come forward to acknowledge how their actions and inactions contributed to the catastrophe. Meanwhile, the state's largest energy provider has filed for bankruptcy. Brazos Electric Power Co Operative said it received an unpayable $1.8 billion bill due to the spike in electricity during the storm. Dallas Oil and gas attorney Christa Castaneda says she expects more companies to follow suit in some ways because of what haircut is and that it stands alone. I understand that they do have the power to retroactively set rates for electricity that might eliminate some of these Really kind of phantom inflated prices. Not, she says. There needs to be some sort of relief for energy companies and customers. Day two of planned hearings and Austin this morning and the whistle blower complaint against attorney general can tax in have been canceled the third Court of Appeals issue to stay blocking the hearing based on an appeal by the ages, office. Court gives whistle blowers until Monday to follow their response to the A G's petition. Former Deputy Attorney General Ryan Vaster was expected to testify in a city former colleagues say they were wrongly fired after reporting packs into federal authorities last year for alleged abuse of power packs and called his accusers, rogue employees and a third accuser has come forward and the sexual harassment scandal into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Correspondent Brian Alice reports the case is gaining steam, New York Attorney General Leticia James confirmed. Today that she has received the official referral letter from Governor Andrew Cuomo authorizing her office to open an independent investigation into these sexual harassment allegations, as well as the allegations made by his other former aide, Lindsay Boiling. Last week, the Eiji will select an independent law firm and a final public report will come out. Cuomo is also dealing with another investigation into his administration's handling of covert 19 and state nursing homes. Texas business.
Public Utility Commission chair resigns after Texas officials criticize management of power outages
"Top utility regulator in Texas has resigned in the wake of this month's massive storm and historic power outage. Hippies Mike Rossia has more the chairwoman of the Texas Public Utilities Commission has resigned, becoming the highest ranking official to step down after the catastrophic power failure last month triggered by an unusual winter cold snap The and Walker was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission by governor Greg Abbott and 2017 Walker had previously worked in Abbott's office. Abbott has blamed the electric reliability The Council of Texas, which operates as the state's grid manager for the massive failure that left millions in the state without power and water for days, But the three member commission appointed by Abbott has oversight authority over her
Houston's Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman Resigns
"Fox news more fall out after last month's blackouts in Texas, triggered by an unusual winter storm that brought historic snowfall to parts of the state after weeks of lawmakers angrily blaming her Dan Walker, who led the Texas Public Utility Commission, has resigned, effective immediately. In her resignation letter, she said. While she acknowledges her role in the power outages, she believes others should come forward and acknowledge how their actions or inactions contributed to the problem naming entities like gas companies, transmission and distribution utilities, municipally owned utilities and lawmakers, saying they all had responsibility to foresee what could have happened and failed here. 4.5 million homes and businesses lost power in mid February and frozen pipes affected water. Two million's resulting in a boil Water order two more than
Texas top utility regulator quits in fallout over blackouts
"Hi Mike Rossi reporting the top utility regulator in Texas quips in the fallout over last month's blackouts the chairwoman of the Texas public utilities commission has resigned becoming the highest ranking official to step down after the catastrophic power failure last month triggered by an unusual winter cold snap the M. Walker was appointed to the public utilities commission by governor Greg Abbott in twenty seventeen Walker had previously worked in Abbott's office Abbott has blamed the electric reliability council of Texas which operates as the state's grid manager for the massive failure that left millions in the state without power and water for days but the three member commission appointed by Abbott has oversight authority over caught hi Mike Rossio
Catastrophic Texas power outages prompt finger pointing and blame shifting at legislative hearings
"Last week continued late into the night with plenty of finger pointing. Deanne Walker, the chair of the Public Utility Commission, testified that she was made aware of the threat to the state's power grid days before the winter Storms representative for this for called me early, and it was either Windsor Thursday and said that they had got notice from their gas company that they were gonna be curtailed and it was going to take either three or four of their plants. Walker said she reached out to railroad Mission Share Christi Craddick for help and then made the governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker. Aware of the threat, the governor issued warnings less than a day and a half before the ruling out. It just started. Hearings are expected to resume today. President Joe Biden will be in Houston
"public utility commission" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI
"Hunt lane traffic is moving freely here If you see any traffic problems called to one Oh, 785 26 So one I'm junior Caruso. NewsRadio 1200. W O a. I Your weather channel forecast for this Friday cloudy slight chance of a shower high of 65 cloudy tonight. 40% Chance of showers and storms overnight alot of 59 right now. Some patchy drizzle 49 degrees six. So one at news radio 1200 w O A. I It Turns out, the Public Utility commission was aware of the threat to the state's power grid days in advance of the deadly winter storms that hit Texas Public Utility Commission Share. D N. Walker testified before the Senate Business and Commerce Committee that she was aware of the state's power grid would be threatened due to the forecasted storms representative from Mr called me early, and it was either Windsor Thursday and said that they had got notice from their gas company that they were gonna be curtailed and it was Going to take either three or four of their plants out. Walker then made the Texas Railroad commissioner where and said We're going to have gas problems at a guess. Plants. Chris Fox News Radio 1200 W A and a Fox News interview Wednesday. Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick commented on the large power bill some Texans are facing in the wake of the devastating winter storms. He suggested those in trouble would likely get help. It said that in the future Customer should read the fine print of such deals, he said. The people who are getting those big bills are people who gambled on a very, very low rate, but says those affected.
Thousands In Texas Still Don't Have Power As Lawmakers Investigate ERCOT
"Last week's mass power failure continues, and so does the political fall out. Have been resignations from the body that oversees the grid and lawmakers open their investigations tomorrow. Joining us now is Dominic Anthony Walsh of Texas. Public Radio. Hi there. Hi. First. How's the recovery going? How are people doing? So the majority of the state does have power and water back. But there are still thousands of residents, especially in the Texas Hill country, for example, who don't have power and their electric provider isn't sure when the power will be back. So for thousands of people of this crisis has stretched on for more than a week. And you know bodies are still being found. Local officials are saying it will be weeks till we know the full number of people who died in this disaster, but it's already in the dozens and is expected to climb to well over 100. And these are people who couldn't power medical equipment people who froze to death in their homes or in their cars, as well as people without housing, who froze to death outdoors, experiencing the worst of the conditions. Wow. So in the face of that staggering death toll, the hearings begin tomorrow and the actions of ERCOT, the body that manages the Texas grid are likely to be front and center. What do you expect to come up? Is gonna be a lot. But one key question. Why wasn't the power grid ready? But ERCOT, which again is at the center of all this doesn't actually own the physical infrastructure that provides power. Rather Okay, just oversees the flow of electricity. Here's Peter Crampton, now former member of their cots board. He spoke at his final board meeting earlier today. Cutlets flying a 7 47. It had not one but two engines experience catastrophic failure. And flew the damage playing for 103 hours before safely landing in the Hudson. In my mind the men and women in their car control room here out. So in this analogy, those engines that blew up could be power generating units owned by public and private power companies, not ERCOT again. Haircuts rule was to do an emergency landing. That's the order of so called Syria's of controlled blackouts. So that and even worse crash when it happened like the entire grid going off line, which, according to Urquhart, could take a weeks or months to repair. So far, Kat is likely to argue that they were just doing the best they could with a bad situation. Are there other places Lawmakers might look to hold people accountable. Absolutely. First, there is the Public Utility Commission of Texas. It oversees our cod and has a three member board appointed by Governor Greg Abbott. Second, there's the railroad Commission, which actually oversees the natural gas sector, not railroads and the natural gas sector failed to provide enough power during this crisis. Those two agencies, the Public Utility Commission and the railroad Commission have regulatory power. ERCOT does not. And of course, there is the state Legislature itself, which actually makes the laws that these agencies are supposed to enforce. One proposal mandate that all plants whether as against cold weather, and there's a debate around that who pays for the weatherization taxpayers or the company's And finally, people are already resigning. Tell us about why So Peter, cramped in who we heard earlier, along with a few other board members resigned after taking heat that because they didn't live in the state now did them living out of the state caused these blackouts. No, but Governor Greg Abbott was quick to welcome The news. In the short term market officials will face hearing from the state Legislature tomorrow, and there will be tough questions for them. But again, Ultimately there are other bodies that hold most of the power is actually mandate changes after all of this.
4 ERCOT board members to resign amid backlash over Texas storm
"Over power outages during last week's winter storm by the aircraft Board members have resigned. Correspondent Lisa Brady, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas has faced criticism from state and federal officials over its handling of the crisis, though there were other problems with the power supply. Some equipment that wasn't winterized froze, including natural gas, wellheads and wind turbines. The resigning ERCOT board directors all live outside Texas, noting concern about that in a letter to the state's Public Utilities Commission, also writing that their hearts go out to all Texans who continue to face the tragic consequences of this emergency. Lisa Brady
Texas power utility board members resign after winter storm crisis
"Powers back on largely but the nightmare remains in texas investigations underway into what caused the power grid failure that left much of the state of thirty million people in the dark. No heat no water freezing temperatures by now. Most of the board members of that utility have resigned. But that's little consolation for those whose loved ones are still coping with the aftermath. Nbc news correspondent. Morgan chessy has our report from texas tonight. Tonight in texas struggling families still in need of food water and shelter my damn there. Thank damage in here. Got the thankful she's okay last week. Water from a burst. Pipe caved in her ceiling. Her home already dark from losing power. The inside of your house is filling up with water outside. It's ten degrees. What are you thinking going now. Freezing cold i really in houston. Monaco tapped savings to put her family of six hotel. Water damage making her home. Unlivable thin and i stepped into the widespread damage raising new details about the texas power grid. Nbc news has learned in late. Twenty twenty the texas public utility commission governor appointed ended its relationship with texas reliability entity a nonprofit making sure energy companies follow state guidelines including winterisation. When you fire the entity that supposed to ensure reliability in the system with no backup plan that was a failure of oversight is well in dallas vaccination sites now back open prioritizing thousands who missed their shot due to weather and we've learned that four board members of urquhot the agency that manages the state power grid have resigned. Each of them lived out of state. Texas governor greg abbott says. He welcomes the resignations and plans to further investigate.
"public utility commission" Discussed on KQED Radio
"For him, You know, hours if not days, without any even a minute of power, Dominic, You've talked Tomo attorneys in Texas about the feasibility of some of these lawsuits. I mean, we understand so far that ERCOT itself is being determined whether or not it can be Sued or whether it has sovereign immunity. But beyond that, you mentioned that there are other utilities that are also being sued in these lawsuits. What is the likelihood of any of these lawsuits actually coming to fruition at this point? Lawyers I spoke with, said those private utility companies, and there's a mix in Texas here in San Antonio, where we have a public utility of municipally owned utility before the unregulated market, which touches you know Houston, Dallas. Most of Texas you're in a market where a lot of companies compete for consumers. And in those cases, the lawyers that I've spoken with tend to agree that those private utility companies are probably going to be the last people standing when it comes to these lawsuits and who could be held responsible because we're caught my end up receiving sovereign immunity. Um, the other regulatory agencies already had seven immunity. It's established on bees. Power utilities might be the last one standing, but one more point on the feasibility issue. The Texas Supreme Court is not just a judicial entity is also a political entity and that there are elections. You know every two years certain batch of judges on the Supreme Court These elections, so there's a political consideration to be had for these judges in that there have been massive bipartisan calls for her cause to be held responsible for this and You know, people will remember if the Texas Supreme Court does not hold her cut responsible or paves the way for them to not be held responsible by giving them the soften immunity. So in addition to the You know, kind of nitty gritty legal technicalities of the case. There are also political considerations. And speaking of politics, I mean, what about Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who seems to Sort of pop in and out of conversations here. So he has laid the blame for this squarely at the feet of Earth Cod and like we mentioned earlier, or cut described himself as a traffic control car but air traffic controller for the electric grid. And they said, You know, we can't do anything to force someone to otherwise we can't find them. We can analyze them. But the Earth is overseen by the Public Utility Commission of Texas, a regulatory agency with the three member board. Appointed by Abbott. And that particular agency actually has power. There's also what's known as the Texas Railroad Commission, which believe it or not has nothing to do with the railroads. They oversee the natural gas sector. And so one of the big problems we saw was all these, you know, frozen natural gas lines, frozen natural wellheads and that was responsible for a huge chunk of these additives. So you have these various regulatory agencies that are political in nature. You also have the state Legislature and then you have the governor's office. The end of the day. Some of the people I've spoken with him basically just said all that Erica, it is is just a pawn in this kind of, you know, game when it comes to managing the power grid. The public utility Commission, the railroad commission, the state Legislature and the governor's office are the ones in some people's eyes That should have actually made a change to have that something like this from happening. I'm Nick. Finally. We've talked a lot about the entities here. But what about the people in Texas? How are they faring right now? Have they largely gotten power back at our Texan starting to dig out and return to some type of normalcy right now. So the majority of the state, fortunately does have power back water still issue there's still a boiling water notice for a lot of Texans. And there are still some especially cooperatives that they're still digging out of this last check. There is a couple 1000 people in the hill Country region of Texas, who have part of an electric cooperative, which is just another type of utility is different from municipally owned a private They were still getting, you know, kind of the power back on and still recovering from this. So in the worst cases, this has been over a week long in terms of how long this crisis is Last people unfortunately. The weather is back to typical Texas Whether we're.
"public utility commission" Discussed on KTRH
"Have some delays in both directions. I'm Julie Di Hardy in the Gulf Coast windows dot com 24 hour Traffic center. Our next chance of serene holding off until Thursday. We have a 50% chance of showers by the end of the week, but we're dry until that today Low sixties to low seventies Tomorrow's warmer, Upper sixties Delos seventies and Wednesday, a few clouds mid sixties. The mid seventies. On Wednesday I'm meteorologist Terry Smith. From the Weather Channel. 64 Sugar Land 61 Katie 61 under sunny skies in Houston at the Ktrh Top Tax Defenders 24 Hour Weather Center Ktrh news time 10 01 Our top story with Houston finally thought out from last week's winter blast, Ross Ramsey at the Texas Tribune told Houston's morning news. The heat is now on first state leaders for accountability. Gonna start with our cot house and the Senate are going to get into this, but our cot reports to the Public Utility commission. The Public utility Commission is appointed by the governor. So this Kind of creeps up. When you talk about responsibility, I think what they're really going to come around to is the recommendations that were made after a storm 10 years ago in 2011 that were not completely followed by the Legislature. Stage. Great General Kim Paxton has issued C ideas. That's directives of investigations to ERCOT as the Texas Legislature begins investigations this week. Meantime, the governor looking to prevent sticker shock and Texans power bills, Saxons who have suffered through days of freezing cold without power. Should not be subjected to skyrocketing energy bills. Texas Governor Greg Abbott also said that the state Public Utility Commission is issued a moratorium on customer disconnections for nonpayment to address the skyrocketing energy.
"public utility commission" Discussed on WBAP 820AM
"Insight into what can happen is from a legal perspective. And Eric I want to talk about some of these wholesale electric providers that people were customers of Do they have any means of avoiding these $18,000 power bills and they're getting now It's gonna be tough. I think most of these contracts that people they don't realize they have. What's called the arbitration clauses can't really sue on misrepresentation other things because of the arbitration clause. They have to go to arbitration and doing these things. It's really unfortunate you have some situations were like you mentioned that people are gonna be paying, you know, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars for what happened? Nothing. People realized that that the cap that we currently have here based on the public utility commissioners is $9000 per megawatt hour, and that's usually 30 $40 on average, but you know when it hit us in the deepest of the storm, it was $8800 here in the D FW area so people don't realize that they bought into the ones who had bought into these host sale prices. Are really getting hit right now. But the governor just issued an order maintaining that, uh, that there's a moratorium based on on that the collection and you know, these providers can't cut people off for not making these payments. We'll see if the Texas Legislature does anything to provide relief to these individuals, which you know they potentially could do, so we'll see how that plays itself out. And that doesn't fall in the price gouging or anything, does it. Now it doesn't really because you know, the price is set by the Public Utility commission, and they're allowed to go up to that level. You know all the way up to $9000 per megawatt hour, so it's a situation. It's crazy. It's crazy nuts, and people don't really understand that when they're buying in, and they save a few dollars you know during the year, but when something like this happens It's crazy. You could just really pop you. So it's something that kind of look and see if the Texas Legislature does something to provide relief to these folks. And speaking of price gouging, Erik, if you see that, though, in a non contract and situation, whether it's You know, gas prices at the pump for buying ice. Those things. Your first move should be report that to the attorney general's office. Is that right? Yeah, That's right. That's absolutely right. You know, there was some mention, of course, hotels and other entities can a raising their prices through the roof. You know, once the governor makes a declaration of an emergency, then And that stuff is totally applicable. And if you do see that, or went through it, and then you should report that to the attorney general's office just real quickly, just just opinion. Why don't you think her Kat went ahead winterized? All those plants if they needed to from 2011. What happened? Why didn't why did they do that? Yeah, well, they don't really control the pant plants themselves. They just kind of control the grid. But the public utility commission could have required these plants to do that to make those contracts for their cut, So it's a situation where they could have forced it. Er kind of maintains in court filings, especially with respect depend of power. Is that it cost too much and that the cost really isn't worth doing it because we just don't have these events happen all that often, But again, we shot in 2011. We got popped back then it should have been something that was there. I think there's gonna be legislation. This go around that That doesn't happen. Insurers that these power generating plants are winterized, even though this rarely happens just because of the incredible loss that we've incurred over this past week, I think they count on us having short memories. All right, you know, you know, we're like this hasn't happened in forever will have in 2011. Yeah, I said this hasn't happened. Yeah, I'm one of those guys. Eric Studio. Thank you for the insight there, man. We always appreciate it. Thanks for the time here today, So it's gonna be interesting to see how all this starts to play out legally. Now when it comes to haircut, and you're already seeing some lawsuits filed Down in South Texas. We'll see if it continues coming up here at 7 45. United Airlines is information with regard to the Ted Cruz flight. You have to get out. I didn't know that at 7 45 Alright. Nicole has the 7.
Why Some Texas Residents Now Face Huge Electricity Bills
"Think for a moment about that. Famous survey suggesting that many people would struggle to pay an emergency expense of even a few hundred dollars now think about texas where some people suddenly have utility bills in the thousands of dollars. It's a side effect of last week's storm that overcame the power grid. People who managed to keep their power are now paying for it. Christopher connelly is with member station k. e. r. a. in and joins us. Now good morning. Hi steve what's an example of the kind of costs that people face right so well. I talked to shannon mars. She has one of those big bills. She lives in frisco which is a dallas suburb with her husband. Mike and three kids in january. They paid two hundred fifty seven bucks for electricity and as of saturday. The families electric bill for the month of february was ten thousand one hundred eighty dollars and seventy six cents during those real. Yeah during those really cold days last week. The marches were paying one or two thousand dollars a day for electricity shannon. Maher said it makes her sick to her stomach to think about it too awful and there's nothing you can do and i've been really stressed about it and ten thousand dollars is a ton of money. I guess you gotta explain the texas system here. Because i get a utility bill. I pay the utility bill. I don't even necessarily know what my costs four day is. How does this even happen right. So this is wonky but but bear with me here so. Texas has a deregulated market for electricity. It is designed so that when there's a shortage of electricity of the price will go up in power. Companies will have an incentive to generate more electricity that deregulated market also for the sale of unusual policies. Like the ones. The mars is have plans with variable rates for electricity and those are the customers who are ending up with these sky high bills. The mars family spent hours trying to switch to a different company last week to find one with a more traditional fixed rate plan and normally they would be able to do that but the storm made that impossible so they were just sitting there watching the charges on their credit. Cards rack up. Does this suggest that this deregulation doesn't work well. It works great when the weather's good but you know it appears that there weren't market incentives in this market system for power providers to make sure that they were prepared to weather a massive winter storm. There have been warnings about that for years. Actually and the system broke down almost exactly like this about a decade ago. You know the other issue that we're seeing is that. The deregulated system assumes that consumers will fend for themselves that they'll find electricity plan where they won't get hosed if a big storm rolls in cable weight from the consumer rights group public citizen says. That just doesn't really happen. In reality people have a lot of different things tugging at their attention and their bandwidth and so a lot of our economic decisions are actually made on autopilot and therefore all these theories like that. We will shop for the cheapest and best plan for ourselves. They don't play out state trying to help. Now yeah so. There will be hearings looking into the issue. This week governor greg. Abbott says no one should have to pay these exorbitant bills and yesterday the public utilities commission temporarily blocked companies from sending out bills or shutting off customers power for non-payment abbots also saying that the state will force power plants to weather is so they're prepared for the next storm. I got to say this. Level of government intervention feels anathema to the way republicans have governed this state for decades. But there is so much political pressure right now to make changes because even as people are just starting to repair burst pipes and get the water running again. Christopher colleague of kera. Thanks thank
Why Some Texas Residents Now Face Huge Electricity Bills
"In Texas after days without electricity because of the major winter storm, some residents are now seeing huge electric bills some of the thousands of dollars, but some relief is on the way. Governor Greg Abbott says that Texas Utilities Commission will stop sending out bills for the time being Texan sort of separate through days. Freezing cold without power should not be subjected to skyrocketing energy bills due to an end to due to a spike in the energy market. He also says there'll be a moratorium on power shut off for nonpayment. Residents with variable rate power plants have charged more because it's based on demand more demand higher bills, But Abbott says he's working with legislators to chill Texans from unreasonable bills. Around. 20,000 customers are still without power, but haven't says all power should be restored By tomorrow night. Many less water in the storm to the governor says water is now being restored across the state.
Skyrocketing electric bills are "top priority," Texas governor says
"Texas after days without electricity because of the huge winter storm, some residents are now seeing huge electric bills, some in the thousands of dollars. Some relief is on the way. Governor Greg Abbott says the Texas Utilities Commission will stop sending out bills for the time being. Texans who have suffered through days of freezing cold without power. Should not be subjected to skyrocketing energy bills due to an end to due to a spike in the energy market. He also says there'll be a moratorium on power shut offs for nonpayment. Residents with variable rate power plants are charged more because it's based on demand more demand higher bills. But Abbott says he's working with legislatures to shield Texans from unreasonable bills around 30,000. Customers are still without power, but Abbott says all power should be restored by tomorrow night.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner gives update on power outages and weather impact
"With me now is houston mayor sylvester turner previously served nearly thirty years as a texas state representative. He is in a command center right now. Monitoring situation in his city mayor. Thank you for taking a little time with us. And i don't want to start first with things aren't houston. Are they getting better. Chris in the last twenty four hours. Things have improved yesterday. At this time we had about one point. Three million customers without power Today as i talked to you that number is under thirty thousand in houston region yesterday The the water pressure was extremely low In fact hospitals were having a hard time getting but they needed Just to run a bear chillers to stay warm and other necessities today. The water pressure in the city of houston has increased And hospitals in much better shape at the same time people many of the people able to flush their kamoze improvement with still not wear. We want it to be but yesterday the pressure was below what we call twenty. Ps today as we speak that what a precious right around thirty so being things improving but again we still have some tremendous needs at. They're just zero in on the water aspect of this has been one of the more harrowing parts of it and a kind of a kind of cascade effect. We're going out water treatment facilities. Just explain to me what that means that it does. It mean pressure. Now you can you can. People can run water in their homes. That firefighters have water that hospitals have it is. That is that where things are correct. Hospitals now have watered. That can run the chillers. Keep the patients that doctors and medical staff Warm in in in in cool weather so to speak People able to take showers. Peabody plus two komo but because the water pressure dropped below the regulatory requirement twenty. Psi you automatically have to give ball water. Notices so you have over seven hundred jurisdictions around the state of texas a chieftain san antonio austin example in many others where there are bald notice requirements and that will continue to be the case probably through the weekend at the earliest that ball. What notice could probably be lifted on sunday. But i think for houston probably be monday. Which means if people don't have power because just also ball your water about two minutes but what happens if you don't have power then people are going to rely a great deal on bought a water and that's why starting today We started distributing water to those persons for example. Who don't have the means to go into a grocery store and purchase tomorrow for example will be masked water distribution site in the city of houston where we will probably give out tomorrow anywhere between seven to nine hundred thousand bottles of water primarily for people for families who already on the modulus. Chris and they just can't afford to go in and purchase two and three and four cases of water. And we'll do that Tomorrow saturday sunday until this ball. Water notice has been listed. That's really that's very helpful in understanding where things are. Let me let me also ask what your interfaces have been. With spill state and federal government i know females on the on on the ground. Have you been talking with aircraft that run the the grid with folks from fina. The federal government and with governor abbot. What are those interactions been like. Well i've talked several times with the ceo. Behead of eric hot And n n what he will say to you. Is that the system that we have in the state of texas. Our texas korea is designed for the summer heat. It is not necessarily designed for winter storms and then as relates to this. What happened in this. In the last four or five days that was simply not enough adequate generation supply available to meet the demand and the supply that they had reserved so to speak when with shop when some of the facilities came all flying of been made things even worse and let me quickly speak to those who are trying to say. oh the wind turbine frozen. You shouldn't be looking at renewables as a false false aligned. Being put four because the plants that came off line while natural gas plants coal fired. Plant Nuclear plants came offline. You wind turbine strobes. So it was a combination but when it comes to win and sola that's still only counts for a fraction of the energy that's produced in the state of texas. The rally at reality is that the state was. Ill prepared The other thing that i would add when i was in the legislature but twenty three of my twenty seven years i said on the on the committee that oversees our electric utility industry back in twenty eleven fouled a bill saying to the public utility commission that we need to exert greater oversight over urquhot to prevent blackouts of every kind that we have are experiencing in texas for four for these last four days batmobile. Chris was never given a hearing. And so for anybody. Who's just trying to place the blame on irc That's not enough as part of the story but it's not the total story. Archive is an agency of the state of texas is the leadership of that overseas or cat and what happened in this week with the failure. Not just urquhot but of the statewide leadership state representative state senators. Who didn't do enough to make the necessary. Structural changes prevent what took place this week but mccurry and as a result of that hundreds of thousands of texans paid a horrible price and they are number of stony that we live in the city of my city that anada that not allowed to date to go into next week. Some of them died from carbon monoxide. Trying to keep themselves
"public utility commission" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK
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Uber appeals $59m California fine over sexual assault data
"Has appealed a hefty fine by a California regulator. The California Public Utilities Commission is finding the company $59 million, pushing uber to hand over personal identifying information related to sexual assault and harassment claims by drivers and riders Joining me now for more Uber's top legal officer Tony West, Tony, thank you so much. For joining us. So the state is making the case that having this information will help them bring more perpetrators to justice and prevent Mork things like this from happening. What is your response to that? Look, I think the guiding principle that we have in this appeal. This was really simple, Emily. It's we want to protect the privacy of sexual assault survivors, and we want to protect their right to consent when whether and with whom sensitive data about them this year. When you speak with anti sexual violence advocates, they will tell you that best practice is not to make that decision for sexual assault survivors. Even when it comes to the law enforcement. The best practice is to allow Survivors to make that choice themselves. I would know, though, that we're not exactly sure why the CPUC is seeking this information. They've never asked for this kind of information before personally idea to find information about sexual assault survivors, and I think it's the extraordinary nature of this request is why it Z. Not just uber having you know a back and forth with its regulator. It's why So many other groups and sexual violence groups like a rain like time's up like reliance like no more. They've always had opposing this border because of the damage that it can cause to survivors, and it's why we're appealing it. Now the state is arguing that if Uber doesn't do this, it poses a risk to its drivers and riders. And you know, it's hard to quite understand because doesn't both uber and the state not want these kinds of incidents to happen aren't the goals the same? Goals are absolutely the same. And I just wanna make sure we're talking about Cindy. This is actually not the state meaning like the state of California. This is a recommendation of one judge in administrative law Judge That's associated with the California Public Utilities Commission, which is the regulator for all rights here in California s O. This is not like the district attorney. This is not like the attorney general's office offices that are actually charged with investigating. Sexual assault and sexual violence. This is a public utilities regulator that is taking data and to be quicker. We give Rene's and readings of anonymous data to the C P U. C. Every single year is part of our regulatory obligation. We don't have any argument with that. And in fact, even in this case theater Ministry of Lot of Judge said, Listen uber, we want you to give give us categories A, B, C and D of information. We said Fine, We'll give you a B and C See, But D is something you have never asked for before. It is personally identifying information of sexual assault survivors so work with us so that we can give you the information seek, but in a matter in a way that protects their privacy rights, we we've tried for the better part of a year to sit down with the CPUC. We've been asking them if they would be willing to sit down with groups like Ray groups like Time's up other advocacy and expert. Groups in how to deal with survivors and reformed in trauma trauma, informed investigation. We've asked that they sit down with these groups and listen just as we did before we reproduced our safety report so that we can come to an agreement as to how we produce this information in a way that protects survivors, and that's that's really the end game here. Well, and I know part of the concern is that victims won't report some of these incidents if they believe that their information is not protected. What do you think the timeline is here? When do you expect? This to reach some sort of resolution. Well, we'd like to reach it sooner rather than later because, as you rightly point out, we actually have the same goal, which is we gotta make right here as safe as possible. And so it's again. This is not an argument about whether or not we get the information we respect. The CPU sees role is a regulator. We respect their right to request information. We simply want to do it in a way that protects the privacy of survivors. And so that is a conversation that we would very, very much welcome. And we'd like to have it as soon as possible. Hopefully by filing this appeal that will give us an avenue to begin to have a dialogue with sexual and sexual violence, experts and advocates and with Over to try to get T resolution on this, but you know, there's one of the thing I want to mention, is that the finest astronomical I mean, it's huge, and nobody likes to pay a fine. No one wants to be fine. But the issue in this case that really concerns us is the message that it sends because you know this all comes out of the voluntary safety report that Goober published in December of last year, and that was lauded at the time as a real step forward for corporate transparency. It was volunteering. There was no lawsuit. No law requiring us to do that. We did it because we thought it was the right thing to do. Now, if you're a company exactly with that same hard decision on Dure trying to decide whether or not to be transparent and you see that the reward for being transparent is a $59 million.5. We think it sends a very chilling message.
New Area Code Approved For Dallas Area
"Is coming to areas of North Texas on Friday. The Public Utility Commission has approved 945 for Dallas County and some surrounding counties. The new 945 area code will also be available in areas already using the area codes to 14469 and 972 customers asking for new service, adding a number or moving could be assigned the new code. Collin County, a
Uber fined $59 million over assault data, could lose license
"Judge has ordered uber to pay a $59 million fine if the ride hailing company doesn't turn over information about thousands of cases of sexual assault on its platform to the California Public Utilities Commission. The data was gathered by Uber for 2019 safety report, and the company was first ordered to turn it over back in January. Uber says it objects to releasing the information to protect the anonymity of assault survivors. Status pledge to keep all personal information under seal and says Getting the raw data is necessary to better protect public safety. The judge has given you birth 30 days to comply.
Why Ohio Lawmakers Are Rethinking Recent Nuclear Power Plant Bailouts
"Lawmakers in ohio are looking at repealing. A nuclear power plant bailout. That was passed last year. Federal investigators are linking the passage of the bill to the biggest corruption case in the state's history. Here's ohio public. Radio's andy chow. Ohio sweeping energy law. That bailed out two of the state's nuclear power. Plants is now tied to a sixty one million dollar bribery scheme. It's an alleged web of conspiracy and tangling the speaker of the house a huge energy company and the state's top utilities regulator. Let's go back to two thousand seventeen. The us department of justice says that's when republican state representative. Larry householder hashed out of the utility company. Not directly named but believed to be first energy. That plan was a quid pro quo. Householder would get money to help him. Become speaker and i energy would get a bailout of its nuclear power plants from twenty seventeen to twenty. Eighteen householder was backed by millions of dollars and so called dark money us to elect his allies in house races around the state fast forward to january twenty nineteen. Those allies elect householder speaker. And he then rolls out a plan for a billion dollar. Nuclear power plant bailout. The money coming from ratepayers. Rachel bells a ratepayer advocate with ohio consumers. Power alliance says something smelled fishy. It seemed an awful lot. Like a real setup. It was never more apparent than eighty six and even heading into it that we were david and goliath that bill each b. six attracted national attention because it cut green energy standards at a time when many states were doing the opposite increasing their mandates for renewable energy five months later a mysterious campaign group called generation now spent millions on mailers and ads supporting the bill. Hosing reform killing jobs and swimming. Catherine tersser of common cause. Ohio says the group wouldn't disclose where the money was coming from. And that makes it hard on voters if they can't understand how our legislators are making decisions or who is attempting to influence elections or to influence the way we feel about public policy. Well then we're left in the. That mystery was solved in july when the scandal broke where today to announce the arrest of larry householder to speaker of the house. It turns out the fbi had been following the bailout bill saga from the beginning and says it has evidence to prove householder was taking bribes from first energy funneled through the group generation now in october. A lobbyist for first energy pleaded guilty to racketeering charges. And just hours later. I energy fired. It's ceo chuck jones and last month. Ohio's public utilities commission chair. Sam randazzo resigned after the fbi searched his home despite the scandal. Many ohio legislators. Still defend the nuclear bailout. Republican state representative dickstein says it saves jobs and cuts down on carbon stein argues that its benefits outweigh the scandal or those folks involved. They'll pay a price for any wrongdoing. That all the way comes through the court process. Ohio lawmakers are now considering repealing or freezing the bailout. If that's not done by the end of this month new charges will appear on ratepayers bills to start. Funding the bailout. Meanwhile larry householder maintains his innocence and while removed as house. He remains a state representative after winning reelection last month for npr news. I'm andy chow in columbus.
"public utility commission" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK
"PGA officials say equipment with bullet holes and damaged power lines were found near where the Butte county fire. The campfire is believed to have started in a letter sent to the California Public utilities commission. PGA officials say an employee observed a fire in the vicinity of one of the companies towers and called nine eleven on November eighth. That's the day the wildfire. Started inspectors later found a broken see hook and a flash Mark at that. Same hour suggesting a power line had broken free and made contact with the tower, then on November ninth another employee found a poll and other equipment on the ground with bullet holes a power pole in concord, also had bullet holes on a utility pole and other equipment the official cause of the blaze has not been determined several fire victims have filed lawsuits though, blaming PG needs equipment and sparking the wildfire. Accused of starting the holy fire, which scorch twenty three thousand acres in orange and riverside counties is pleading not guilty to arson and other related charges forest. Clark facing? Ten years to life in prison. He's due back in court December twentieth for a pretrial hearing. He remains in jail in lieu of a million dollars bail, a federal decision to keep you from being spammed may also keep you from paying more in taxes case, Joe Michaels joins us live in studio to explain Greg. A fifty two page report by the California Public utilities commission. Arguing for a tax on your text messages is likely a moot point that after an FCC vote earlier today that classifies text messages as an information service instead of telecommunication service or today's decision makes it clear that wireless carriers can block spam or other unwanted text. Messages KF became legal analyst Bill porta Nova tells us it's also likely to scuttle the utilities commission effort attacks your texts when there's a conflict between state and federal law, the federal law generally supreme court Nova says the very idea of taxing text messages makes no sense it defies logic to assign attacks to an individual text messaging service, we're able to text through.
"public utility commission" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio
"Talking. Breaking news just didn't wanna tax texts or text our tax you what what what is what is going on. How is this? How was any of this going to work can anybody? Explain that to me. I mean, I know how it's supposed to work. They're going to say, well, you John you sent one hundred texts last month. That's a dollar a text. Hold on. The why am I getting text? Anyway, the state has has a surplus. Okay. So we have unlimited talk and text, right? Yeah. Okay. So like how why would they tax? It's unlimited. Yeah. I could send I mean. I mean, you know, those stories you hear like the guy and the girl going out, and then they break it off and the guy sends seventeen thousand tags two weeks out ahead. Does that right? But the kids today, they're not even using the tax. They're using like telegram, and what's and slack. And. What's the other one that you were telling me about that? They were using their rocker grinder tender, whatever we need that one. Yeah. I mean, I just I just look at this. And I'm like we start taxing us, the California Public utility commission. Yeah. First of all you need to figure out how you're going to save these insurance companies because they're getting hit with such humongous gigantic payouts. From these fires. Bailout much. So so you're gonna come on here. The public utilities commission is going to say, well, we're going to tax your texts. Why why I pay my Bill as Roger is fond of saying about electricity and things like that. Why do you care how much I'm using? If I'm paying my Bill on who the genius who came up with. This is see I feel like when proposals. Like this come out a name needs to be attached contact number where we can text or call them. I will call go ahead. Let let me know right now if you would like more taxes on your tax or less taxes in your life, eight hundred seven sixty K F MB, John in San Diego. Hello, john. What's on your mind today, sir? Techs taxes. Now, they're not taxes breadth their fees. Yeah. Interesting when it when it comes to that as far as you know, they wanna tax this tax that just a little nickel and dime. I heard there's still a two cent phone tax and like the nineteen hundreds that's still being charged. No, no. That was the Spanish American more tax that actually was killed off by Knut back five. But yes, there was for a century. Yeah. For sure fifty fifty thousand dollars thing, I'm all for. But there's one caveat. They gotta sign a waiver promising never to come back. Yes. For ten years. And then after that ten years is a check. You think that would work now it will not work because they're not gonna they're not gonna do it on the on the on the we'll see plan. They're going to want to cash you got to hand him the cash somebody who somebody who will know why they're doing this. Why why John it's to help low income residents in California afford cell phone access. They've already got Obama phone with I'm serious. That's that's what this is. And the California Public utilities commission will vote on this proposal next month. This is just great. I know it's a it's a it's a dumb idea credit critics reacting. It's a dumb idea Jim wonderman, president of the b. So I understand this. So they're gonna text they're going to tax texts. So illegals can get phones. That's what James woods says John. Hello, john. What's on your mind, sir? Breath tax since up texting is free. Then on what basis are there? Calculating percentage cards this tax. It's gonna be on the on the texts you send out, but there's here. Now, check this out. Now, listen to this now hold on. Hold on. Hold on. Hold on. Hold on. Hold on. Good news. A federal regulatory ruling came out today literally today aimed at protecting consumers from text messaging. Spam may also help California mobile phone users. Avoid the proposed state texting tax. So apparently, the feds are going to intervene here and shut this thing down like pronto tanto. So this may not even have this may not even be a thing. If you use the issues voice voice more than us techs. You'll be okay. Actually as far as. So you gotta make a lot more phone calls from viewers. If you're sitting there texting all day, then it's gonna cost you nominal lake. Probably people exchanged one point seven seven trillion. Text messages in two thousand seventeen is that crazy one point seven trillion. Text messages. What are you people who are you people texting? And why? Well, if if something is free, you can't tax free any well. No, it would be part of the universal service charge. You know, that old universal service charge at the bottom of the Bill that pays for programs that help poor people afford telephone service for years. Yeah. So that's where it's going to go. It's going to increase that. They'll just throw it. They'll slap it into that pile. Well, you know, this is crazy. It'll be it'll be it'll be a tax on texts. I think it's going to be fee. I think it's it's going to be a fee. It's going to be a fee based on the number of texts. Her text tax, right? But it'll be like. If you can't be part of the universal because it would be a different charge for everybody. Listen, listen, you're talking to the people you're talking to the people that you're talking to the people who are experts shaking you down for money there. John don't don't dare them. They'll figure it out, my friend. What it's all going to be fixed. Okay. And I'll tell you how when we all get the RFID chip put in us, then we're going we're gonna put the sim card in each of us. They're not gonna know exactly what we're doing what we're thinking. We're talking to you know, what here's what they'll do. They'll put Google in charge. And they'll put they'll put Google in charge. And we'll just all us G chat to talk to each other. And they just put a sim card in your arm, and they'll just track what you're doing. So when you want a bag of potato chips, you just look at the vending machines. It doesn't matter if you have ever looking out of seat number. They why do you doubt these stay know how to get John? I want wanna new light actually have fewer dollars in your wallet right now than when we started doing this. 'cause they figure out ways the government of California figures out ways to steal from you every day there went three more Brentwood herbal show AM seven sixty talk and breaking news headlines. What's going on, Jim? Well, it's that time of year for the year end. Best of lists and Google isn't being left out the top Google searches of two thousand eighteen coming up AM seven sixty K F M B. Did you see the car? You've rather drove up in. Yeah. Mama. Hey, it's Alexis sporty, Lexus inex-. Turbo F sport from Lexus Escondida. I know mom, let's with the dismissive tone. What no I'm just be proud to have such a brilliant, brother. I am the got such an incredible DA..
"public utility commission" Discussed on KSFO-AM
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The case of all morning show continues now with Brian Sussman on talk radio five, sixty cancer. Vo we'll get into the media nightmare involving minority. Pro Trump voters in just a moment. We're talking about the fire. So here's the latest. This is like as of twenty nine minutes ago, seventy seven confirmed deceased nine hundred ninety three still listed as missing nine hundred ninety three. So that's a decrease of two hundred eighty three people since yesterday. Okay. That's that's if we're looking for any good news. So that's it. One hundred fifty thousand acre fire sixty five percent contained the rains that are coming in certainly will help with that. Also evacuation or well, see people forget the fire. If sixty five percent containment that means the fire still burning. And. Evacuation orders for Hamlin canyon and lower Neil have been reduced to warnings. Okay. So that's good. So those areas are being reopened I residence, and then to the general public, although many other evacuation orders are still in place. They also lifted. Evacuation orders for the still send canyon road humble road to lazy lane. According to the sheriff's office. Just trying to give you the latest right now. Dennis fire in one thousand acres. Yeah. Yeah. So deadliest fire in California history. In a wildfire. I should say because the deadliest fire was the city of San Francisco nineteen sixty earthquake three thousand people perished over three thousand. So this has destroyed over ten thousand homes now at three thousand other structures. This is as of last night. So that's the latest there. So we're we're watching PG and E stock just continue to plummet bed. No official cause. But there are certainly some curious things that did happen about the time of that fire going down in so lawsuits are already being filed shot is in Roseville. So Sean, you know, one of the four PG knee workers who have a pension that pension fund is a standalone that'll never be bothered by anything goes down with the company because they headlines this morning are wondering will PG survive. Good morning to you, Sean. Go ahead. Please. Good morning, Brian here, really the little guys your show. Thank you for what you do. And just really appreciate you this this. This thing really bothers me. I'm glad that the pension is a standalone thing, retire me retiree from law enforcement, you know, but I gotta tell you. My wife told me over the weekend. Jerry Brown syrup typically signed a Bill with allows PG need to raise their rage to cover their the impending lawsuits, which you know, while I don't like the idea of them going bankrupt. They have mismanaged their company to this point and caused these problems, and they couldn't get things squared away. And and there's been loss of life and loss of property. Maybe someone else that's more prepared and better equipped should come in and be offer offer something better than what genie is offering. And if Jerry Brown did this, and I wouldn't be surprised if he did. That's shady. Well, let's, you know, showing first of all thanks for all your wonderful Koplowitz. And this is a great point. Let's dive into it here on k supposedly will cut you off. Let you hang up on yourself at seven forty nine. The best. I can tell is. I believe he's correct. I think the California legislature did actually. Decide the private utilities should be allowed to raise customers electricity rates to help cover wildfire liabilities. If that was necessary to. Fend off forestall bankruptcy. I'm pretty sure that that's something that went down. I'm racking my brains here. I think it was earlier this year. I. Well, we'll look it up. I'm pretty sure that that was the deal. So in other words. The California Public utilities commission would be the. I mean, they'd have to sell it to the California Public utilities commission. California Public utilities would have to approve it. But I believe the legislature did say to forestall bankruptcy p genie could raise its rates in the event of a lawsuit from a wildfire. I'm pretty sure was earlier this year. You're right. Okay. So that's something that the legislature did pass Brown signed. Yes. The legislature passed a Bill in September. Okay. There you go. Yeah. So the legislature has allowed for this kind of like they're too big to fail and then because okay on the one hand. What if you don't have a PG and help? Now, what do you do? They do supply us with their power. So that seems like a mess in itself. They would have to raise their rates to cover for the lawsuits, but think about this. So then it's the people of California. The the users the utility users that are punished. For the screw ups by exactly so we ended up actually having to pay a we foot the Bill, exactly. So when they say that they can't afford that lawsuit. It's just that. They don't have enough of our money on hand to pay for said lawsuits. So we end up. Our utility bills are already the highest in the country. So now, they will rise further. If lawsuits are successful against them. Used to be this fire at its cause. Okay. For one five eight zero eight fifty six hundred on case. Interesting full circle, isn't it? Yeah. It is. You don't really think about that way? I hadn't thought. Well, I forgot about that piece of legislation. I did too. Bullets relatively new. I mean, it just got signed over in September. So. So now, we have Donald Trump. We don't have time to develop this right now. Because we've got a little Rush Limbaugh update for you coming up in just a moment. But I know people say it's one hundred percent false. But actually, it's one hundred percent true. And it's from Rasmussen a great pollster saying that forty percent of blacks in this country support Donald Trump is okay. So what's going on with that? What does that mean going forward? Did you hear about Trump's tweet all full of chef? Losing their over his tweet this morning. We'll talk about that as well. You've come to the right place. But you already know it. That's why you're here. Chaos. Afo morning show. There is a new survey by the Pew Research Center, says most Americans still believe in God. But not as many millennials do only forty-three percent of millennials say, they believe in the God of the bible only seventeen percent of them regularly attend church almost two thirds of Americans over fifty believe in the biblical God fifty two percent of them attend church services regularly. Now in addition to this age divide when it comes to belief in God, there's also a political and racial divide, white Republicans and non white Democrats are far more likely to believe in God. Then the white Liberal Democrats who run the democrat party, I should say who are running the democrat party into the ground. The bottom line is that an overwhelming number of young adults in America have been raised to be godless and white Liberal Democrats for the most part are still godless ninety. If you've tried to figure out the root causes. Of hopelessness, and despair, and anger and intolerance coming from Molyneaux, top Democrats. You might have just found the answer absence of God in their lives. Don't doubt me..
"public utility commission" Discussed on 850 WFTL
"Well, politics under Jerry Brown has been directly influenced and impacted by environmental radical agencies like Earthjustice, so they are basically making policy. I am using their democrat politicians in order to do. So so yes, we have over one hundred million dead trees in California that can't be salvaged for lumber. We have had logging in California this specific Bill that Jerry Brown. Vetoed. Whatever created fire prevention efforts throughout the public utilities commission, which would have made maps a fire hazard areas around utility lines and in gross display of politics. Now, the Cal fire and the states media are now blaming the largest utility in the state for the latest wildfires because that's politically possible. Right. The liberals in California love blaming utility. Instead of those responsible they love that. Well, and Jerry Brown and the Democrats are already going to ration water for the state's residents. We're going to limit it to fifty gallons a day. And there would be nothing more than the democrat controlled supermajority legislature would like to do but only electric company, and so the electric company is now that lapsed latest whipping boy instead of the environmental agencies, which they've cozied up to which had created the kindling for these fires. And in fact, nothing's changed about that status and only a small percentage of the kindling the fallen trays of actually burn. So we have rain supposedly coming in a day. Do anything on Tuesday at scheduled to come which might be terrible because you're going to have now mudslides between the mudslides, the illegals the high taxes, the lack of job creation, the horrible public schools. Why the hell is anyone live in California? Well, forty percent of Californians have now moved to Nevada and turned our state and to aid California Oriole about the Turner state into California. How whole and this is what we're finding is that it's not only a legal migration. It's California migration into red states. Like, Arizona, like, Nevada, like, Texas, New, Mexico, etc. Colorado, for example, used to be right now, they're bright, shiny blue. I and so wherever Californians migrate to they vote for the same awful policies and the same apple pie politicians that created the mess. They left behind. And the other concern I have is, Texas, according to media counselors, hundreds of thousands of Californians have moved to Texas. There's New Yorkers moving to Broward County Dade County. West Palm Beach county, these cancer cells, these individuals fleeing Eleanor, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York tend to go to the east side of Florida where the disasters are happening in Californians, hundreds of thousands millions are leaving for Nevada Utah and Texas. So these are cancer cells that metastasized and other states, they flee the states, but they take their politics with them. Yeah. Exactly. And I'm all for building a wall actually just blocking off the red states from California migrants and saying leaving your, but you leave your politics at the door. But republicans. A five year waiting period before you can vote. I live in Ohio you live in Nevada. A lot of friends in Texas and Florida, but I looked at California that is a failed state every failed state. Whether it's California, Illinois, New York, New jersey or run by Democrats and nothing's going to change about that. But instead of the California's looking at Gerry Brown and said your policies caused this no more likely to blame Trump. Already are especially after sent out that probably ill-timed tweet regarding forest management. But you're absolutely right Californians have an ideology, not a common sense whereby their ideology, I is a climate science. It's not debatable. They believe in a climate change. I and everything they do. It's it's nothing, but a contribution to the redistribution of wealth. That's all this is. And when you look at historically how Democrats pass legislation or want to assume more control. They always do it at the end of a crisis because crises create fear, and when there's fear it's easier to control and also passed legislation. No matter how awful the legislation is nothing's going to change in California with Gavin Newsom, isn't oh, absolutely. Not he's just Jerry Brown younger part to. And so when you look at what Gavin Newsom did the San Francisco. Cisco was just basically tax everyone out of in independence, and created more dependence. He left behind a city that now has put maps. So if you want to go to your concierge at your hotel in San Francisco, not only what the dinner reservation, you can also pick up a map and one of the largest medical conventions of hundreds of thousands of doctors that were supposed to be in San Francisco, and they actually canceled the convention due to a biohazard this is the liberal progressive paradise. This is the U Topi that Democrats actually want because the more dependency, the Democrats create the bigger of the government, and and the smaller the individual. And Ronald Reagan said it best you can't be for big government and be for the little guy. And that's something that the aggressive. Simply do not understand because it does not part of their ideology. Megan Barth, thank you very much for coming on the Bill Cunningham show. Reagan bay dot com. You're the proprietor and the founder. May you continue to have a great week? And God bless you. And Megan Barth, thank you for coming on the Bill Cunningham show. Thank you very much Bill. Thank you. Let's continue with more. Bill Cunningham live with you every Sunday night..
"public utility commission" Discussed on The Tech Guy
"Documentation at center, but they can't find it. They won't let me Email them the proof. He says, I filed a complaint with CPS CPU, see the consumer public utilities commission, and it worked. He got a discount. So maybe you do file a plate with a CPU, see if and see if they may be that shake something loose. Oh, okay. That's that's third option. First thing first thing I do is call spectrum and then maybe call IT. We'll expect from offering me this. I think I'm gonna switch. See if they maybe get it together. The one against the other. They're certainly doing that to you. Call everybody anybody, you know. Now one about if I get a smartphone, I just have a flip phone, you know, played, I get a smartphone and the TV can watch them that way. Yeah, that's another way you could go. A lot of people are going this way fact the real threat AT and t. and the cable companies is something called five g. which won't be here for a few years, but that will be faster. And it will come to you not from the cable or or AT and t. unless you have it'll come from a cellular providers. And now we have that means there's competition because we have four of them soon to be three, but at least there's more than two. So five g. may be the solution for you for right now. You'd be getting LT. In general, the sell companies will limit you to five gigabytes a month which unfortunately you'd run through and a week if you start watching movies. Well, there that's program with AT and t. for seniors. Oh, yeah. Out here. Oh, I know about it. Okay. And it's hard to get that. There's a way which I discuss with you for life, you know publicly but is supposed to have everything I'm limited. That means. So that is the new way of doing things. You'd be not only entering the century to be leapfrogging. The rest of us Feola and entering the next century. You'd be along Abbott. You know, I think this is this is AT and t. s. weight is try to stay relevant so you don't actually have to get a smartphone to do this. You can get a little device that takes the data from LT. Turns it into why fights. Basically LT WI, fi access point, and you can get them for the home so you can ask them about that. What they charge with the speed would be in most cases, it's more than enough for high def net flicks the only issues band with caps because you know, if you, if you watch high def net flicks, you're going to go through a gigabyte day easily. So the caps are what's going to bite you. Limited. Well, yeah, but their version of unlimited is not your version of. Oh, they got in trouble with the FCC for this because what it's on it. So it's unlimited until you hit the cap, and then they slow you down. And I guess technically, that means you're still getting bids. So there's not. They're not limiting your bids, but they're slowing you down to the point where you can't use it very effectively. So the FCC actually in the courts have ruled, that's not unlimited, but they're still saying they still say it. So ask them, what is the bandwidth cap on your unlimited. Then maybe for seniors, it really is. I don't know. I doubt that. I doubt it too. So what about these things called Roku or that kind of thing is so once. So what we're doing is we're done to step at a time. First thing you have to get the internet doesn't have to be WI fi, but you need internet of some kind and then you would exactly what I would say get a Roku..
"public utility commission" Discussed on KHVH 830AM
"Honolulu the utility pat time savings on and he should be killing me has to announce that you're going to do it they have to in addition to announcing it they put it in writing to the rate commission that that they're going to reduce it and how much and what so the utility actually says because the republicans cut taxes everybody's getting lower utility bills talking with grover norquist americans for tax reform one of the elements here is that utilities they may enjoy that benefit but is not necessarily going to be the direct application that benefit to the tax payer or to the rate payer because they will always defer to here at home grover you'll lose it to the public utilities commission because the pay you see ultimately will determine what the timing would be or if there's going to be any change of rate at all the public utilities commission makes the decision the law should require that that be passed on but i think the public utilities commission likes the idea of being able to announce the day did the reduction you know now it's it's legally legally required but also in hawaii a bunch of companies apple has three stores in honolulu and other places employees they're getting a twenty five hundred dollar bonus stock and nationally apple is going to invest thirty billion dollars in new plants in the equipment the american savings bank in honolulu thousand dollar bonuses to one thousand one hundred fifty employees this list is it h ers website.
"public utility commission" Discussed on Finding Mastery: Conversations with Michael Gervais
"Public utilities commissions building codes zoning regulations in multiple countries around the world just trying to build this massive understanding of how humanity is governed and how they understand in how they relate to their laws and regulations big time in what can you want to ask about a two part question but i need to know the answer to the first to get to the second part of it is what is in a zamel of an external hoop or challenge that you have not internal but an external challenge that you've got your business yeah i mean this is something that we haven't talked about too much but we we are still a business right so we have to run the kind of core operations of servicing our customers and making sure that they're happy innovating in each of our core spaces as we enter into new markets particularly in countries where there's less government infrastructure we personally have to start making some of those investments into helping governments digitize their information so there's a lot of work that we do with the world economic forum with united nations with the countries themselves with the world bank to try and make sure that we're facilitating some of those those changes but it's the entire entire spectrum all the way from where we source our data right in working with a law governments directly all the way to servicing our customers as we get larger and larger just constantly reinventing our product reenter model to to meet those demands so you really you've.
"public utility commission" Discussed on This Week in Tech
"The public utilities commission says although we recognize the public's familiarity with fingerprinting we do not see that has demonstrably great a level of safety would be added over and above the current background check protocols the puc says you don't have to do fingerprints that was a bad idea see the public understands fingerprints thinks that will help but it turns out there's a lot of false positives it isn't necessarily you know proving that the person is connected to whatever crime that fingerprints connected to fingerprint answers aren't clear projects aren't the answer says the puc that i thought this was fascinating it turns as the taxi commissions taxi drivers are generally require to give fingerprints in london in austin other places it was the taxi commissions it said why should we have to do it and not over and lift uh which is a fair thing to ask i mean in in new york city for instance all over two hours after b be approved by the the taxing on a thing condition on by but overpays and left they basically paper fees but you have to register with the t l c on an end because it tlc is not the is not the mid is not doesn't represent taxi drivers right now no it just means that in order to have a car that can pick passengers you to rochester s and and and that's different from on almost in the inner city that you're operates on an lift too for that matter and they made that concession because newark with such an important market um and and you know day be fought in austin an indepth give being reinstated any who knows what will happen with london wanted might be an important upmarket that duperval will change its its policy is by but i mean that it's valid question for that for the taxi operators say why do you our driver's hassi follow these rolls when the others don't especially sense in the services for the most part are so are set similar.