|PG&E Takes Action to Address Ex Parte
Communication Issues Identified in Self-Report to CPUC Today, Pledes 'No
September 15, 2014--San Francisco, Calif.— Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today notified the California
Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that an extensive internal review of nearly five years of emails between the
company and officials at the Commission has identified a number of instances in which PG&E believes it violated the
CPUC's rules governing communications with the state regulator in the pending Gas Transmission & Storage rate
The communications reported to the CPUC today occurred over a three-week period in January, 2014, during which
time a number of e-mails were sent to the CPUC concerning the assignment of administrative law judges and
commissioners to the Gas Transmission & Storage rate case. These e-mails may have violated CPUC rules
prohibiting certain ex parte communications -- meaning communication with decision-makers that takes place without
the knowledge of all parties to a proceeding.
These communications were identified after the company voluntarily chose to broaden its internal review of any
potential ex parte communications well beyond those communications referenced in a San Bruno motion filed last July.
The expanded review included more than 65,000 emails to and from the Commission since early 2010.