Latest California Public Utilities Commission News

California agency whistle blower claims she's being ousted

Aug. 5, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A high-ranking official at the California agency that regulates utility companies claims she's being forced out of her job for seeking to recover $200 million in fees that the agency did not collect over nearly 20 years. Alice Stebbins, the executive director of the California Public...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, displays a chart showing cell tower sites that were shut down during power outages in 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. Regulators will require 72 hours of backup power at cell towers in emergency situations, including electricity shutoffs during fire seasons. The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday, July 16, 2020, to adopt the measure. Last fire season, more than a million people lost service during planned blackouts. AT&T said after the vote that it is focused on ensuring that backup power is available routinely during public safety power shut-offs. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California requires cellphone towers to add backup power

Jul. 16, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators will require 72 hours of backup power at cell towers in emergency situations, including electricity shutoffs during fire seasons. The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to adopt the measure, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. ...