PG&E discloses more emails with state regulators

Dec 22, 2014 6:34 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest power utility says it has found a dozen more instances of improper back-channel discussions with the state utilities regulator on public regulatory matters.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s statement Monday adds to growing accusations of private dealings between utilities and the California Public Utilities Commission. Emails released earlier this year describe former PG&E officials discussing rate cases, PG&E campaign donations and other matters with state utility commission executives.

A PG&E statement Monday says PG&E will turn over 65,000 additional emails between the utility and state regulators within months. PG&E also is making public Monday 12 emails that it says violate commission rules against undisclosed discussions of official regulatory matters. Those emails describe behind-the-scenes efforts by state officials on PG&E projects.

State utilities commission spokesman Christopher Chow had no immediate comment Monday.

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