Thursday, April 30, 2015

UCLA Now Getting Peeved

First it was Berkeley getting caught in l'affaire Peevey. Now it's UCLA. (Peevey was head of the state Public Utilities Commission and has been accused as acting for the utilities in that capacity.) In both cases - it should be noted - the problem seems to have been at the PUC, not the campuses.

From the San Francisco Chronicle: The former head of the California Public Utilities Commission pressured two Southern California utilities last year to make donations to a school at UCLA where he then landed a post on an advisory board, documents revealed Wednesday show. The panel’s then-president, Michael Peevey, urged that Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric Co. donate the money as part of a deal to shut down their jointly owned San Onofre nuclear power plant, which had been offline for more than a year because of steam generator problems, according to documents that Edison made public... In September 2014, when the utilities commission took up the San Onofre shutdown deal, (PUC member Mike) Florio proposed that it include $25 million from Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric for greenhouse gas research at UC Berkeley over five years. Before the panel approved the deal, commissioners amended it to give the money to UCLA.That same month, Peevey joined the the advisory board for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Policy’s Center for Innovation. E-mails released earlier this year show that in December 2013, Peevey had mentioned to a university official the possibility that utility money could be directed to UCLA’s Center for Sustainable Communities, which is part of the Luskin School...

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Note: Earlier related posts on this matter:

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