These 2015 SoCalGas internal emails shows the fossil fuels company discussing new federal energy efficiency standards. The document was uncovered in the course of an investigation from the California Public Utilities Commission’s watchdog.
This is a 2016 email from SoCalGas to the American Public Gas Association about climate action. The document was uncovered in the course of an investigation from the California Public Utilities Commission’s watchdog.
Southern California Gas Company (“SoCalGas”) used ratepayer money to finance a long-running campaign to undermine efficiency standards at all levels of government, particularly when the Company determined that stronger efficiency standards could threaten its business interests by making gas appliances less competitive against electric options. Yet despite the Presiding Officer’s Decision finding that SoCalGas’ actions were “improper” and “result[ed] in appreciable harm to the regulatory process,” the Decision fails to impose meaningful consequences. By not assessing penalties for SoCalGas’ blatant, well-documented violations and only requiring a return of shareholder incentives and a portion of misspent funds, the Presiding Officer’s Decision commits legal error. The Presiding Officer’s Decision is an abdication of the Commission’s responsibility to deter future misconduct and duty to impose penalties for violations of Commission requirements.
Environmental and watchdog groups exposed a campaign by the Southern California Gas Company that used customer money to fight stronger energy efficiency rules at the federal, state, and local levels in a campaign that sabotaged California’s clean energy progress. From at least 2014 to 2017, SoCalGas fought efficiency rules that threatened its profits, dipping into…
The Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, filed a brief asking the California Public Utilities Commission to hold Southern California Gas Company accountable for the utility’s long campaign to sabotage clean energy progress in California.
The consumer watchdog within the California Public Utilities Commission, the Public Advocates Office, joins Earthjustice and Sierra Club in filing a brief calling for $255 million in fines for SoCalGas.