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May 7, 2001 | TIM REITERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the California Public Utilities Commission approved the largest electricity rate hike in state history, it ignited debate over how the pain of almost $5 billion in increased power charges will be shared. Everyone from the governor and the PUC president to consumer groups and industry associations has weighed in, with about 20 plans. They all say their formulas translate into equitable charges that will encourage serious energy belt-tightening.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2001 | TIM REITERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the California Public Utilities Commission approved the largest electricity rate hike in state history, it ignited debate over how the pain of almost $5 billion in increased power charges will be shared. Everyone from the governor and the PUC president to consumer groups and industry associations has weighed in, with about 20 plans. They all say their formulas translate into equitable charges that will encourage serious energy belt-tightening.
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BUSINESS
July 29, 1989 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
A reporter once asked consumer advocate Sylvia Siegel if she ever smiles. Siegel, whose no-nonsense demeanor masks an acute wit, frowned. "Of course," she replied. "Then smile," the reporter suggested. Siegel's face darkened. "I am," she said. That scene took place after Siegel had won a partial victory against Pacific Gas & Electric before the California Public Utilities Commission.
BUSINESS
July 29, 1989 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
A reporter once asked consumer advocate Sylvia Siegel if she ever smiles. Siegel, whose no-nonsense demeanor masks an acute wit, frowned. "Of course," she replied. "Then smile," the reporter suggested. Siegel's face darkened. "I am," she said. That scene took place after Siegel had won a partial victory against Pacific Gas & Electric before the California Public Utilities Commission.
BUSINESS
December 22, 1994 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprisingly tough decision, the California Public Utilities Commission said Wednesday that it will stick to its plan to force California's investor-owned electric utilities to sign contracts with independent electric-power producers. The decision is a major victory for producers of alternative energy and is likely to affect utility rates in California for decades to come.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2002 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Nancy Vogel and Nancy Rivera Brooks, Times Staff Writers
A federal regulatory judge found Thursday that energy companies overcharged California utilities by $1.8 billion during the electricity crisis -- far short of the $9 billion that Gov. Gray Davis and others had demanded. In fact, according to the finding, it's the power suppliers that are owed money -- $1.2 billion for unpaid bills. The initial finding by Judge Bruce Birchman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sparked angry denunciations from California officials.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2002 | From Times Staff
Employers Plan to Spend More on Health Care Los Angeles-area companies expect health-care spending on their employees to jump nearly 15% next year, according to a survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting. That would come on top of an expected 8.6% bump this year, when employers are spending an average of $5,628 per worker. Sixty-eight California companies were part of the survey, which polled 2,889 employers across the country. Nationally, employers expect health-care costs to rise 14.
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