By B.N. Frank
There has been extensive news coverage of the massive ongoing and sometimes deadly problems created by California utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). More corruption has been exposed and it’s not isolated to PG&E.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
UTILITIES: Senior CPUC official claims she’s being ousted after whistle-blowing
One of the highest-ranking officials at the California agency that regulates private utilities says she is being forced out of her job after she sought to recover $200 million in fees owed to the agency.
Alice Stebbins, who has been executive director of the California Public Utilities Commission since February 2018, was placed on administrative time off and believes her employer is preparing to fire her. Stebbins’ attorney sent a letter Tuesday to her bosses, the five commissioners who govern the agency, claiming she was being retaliated against for trying to “clean up a broken CPUC.”
The letter says Commission President Marybel Batjer told Stebbins that she would be ousted because of ethical concerns about a handful of hires she allowed. But Stebbins told The Chronicle that she suspects the real reason has something to do with about $200 million in outstanding fees that the agency has not collected.
Stebbins said the fees were owed by a range of utilities, including water companies that the commission did not collect from for many years. She said some of the officials working under her identified the issue after reviewing a state report, that she promptly raised the matter to the governing commissioners and that their reaction was “not much really.”
Utility scandals in Ohio and Illinois have recently been exposed as well (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Many Americans still don’t know that utility corruption has actually been rampant for the last several years with the introduction, promotion, and installation of “Smart” Grids and millions of utility “Smart” Meters – electric, gas, and water.
People worldwide have been opposed to these meters since they started being deployed – especially in California. These meters DO NOT save meaningful amounts of energy – as originally promised. Their installation has also led to fires, explosions, increased bills, health issues (see 1, 2, 3, 4) and more.
Since utility companies have installed tens of millions of “Smart” Meters – it’s likely that you already have them installed on your home and throughout your community. If you don’t – tens of millions more are currently being deployed.
Activist Post reports regularly about utility “Smart” Meters and other unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:
- Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
- EMF Safety Network
- Smart Grid Awareness
- Smart Meter News
- Take Back Your Power
- The People’s Initiative
- Wireless Information Network
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