CPUC

Regulators are considering sanctions for utility over Warsaw meeting

By Jeff McDonald
April 14, 2015 – 5:35 p.m.

The California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday ordered Southern California Edison to turn over all documents related to the potential settlement of the San Onofre closure dated between March 2013 and November 2014.

If Edison does not comply with the ruling before April 29, the utility must provide a log of all internal documents its lawyers deem privileged, the commission said.

Edison said in a statement that it intends to comply with the commission request. The company previously said it was reviewing thousands of records to determine which ones might shed light on San Onofre-related decision-making.

The dates included in the order include the weeks just before a secret meeting in Poland between former commission President Michael Peevey and then-Edison executive Stephen Pickett.

The two men discussed a framework for resolving the commission investigation into what caused the failure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant during the Warsaw meeting, on March 26, 2013.

The commission approved a settlement proposal in November that was similar to the framework sketched out in Warsaw 18 months earlier. Commission decisions are supposed to be made in public.

San Diego attorney Michael Aguirre, who sued the commission for failing to turn over internal records between top regulators and utility executives, said the order is a good start but does not go far enough.

“It is a commendable action on the part of CPUC, but the date should probably rolled back to Feb. 1, 2012,” Aguirre said. “The other emails at the CPUC should be ordered released and all privileges should be waived so we have a record of exactly what happened to end the investigation.”

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