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Of the 473 commissioners for whom Heern could find information on what they did after they left utility regulation, 50% of them went to work for one of the industries they regulated, or in an industry-adjacent role such as consulting. “That revolving door is definitely alive and well,” Heern told me.

More than a decade after the last rolling blackout, Californians could get $1.6 billion in electricity refunds because of market manipulation during the first few months of the energy crisis, officials said Monday. . .

  The current power crisis offers an unparalleled, if not unfortunate, opportunity to rethink how we produce, consume, and value … Read more

2003 Note: This was written at the height of California’s Power Crisis. Some who read this piece criticized it for … Read more

California’s power crisis occurred in 2000 and 2001. By 2002 the threat of rolling blackouts had effectively passed. However, the … Read more

  October, 2001 presentation to the League of Women Voters Energy Forum, Bakersfield, California It’s quite a privilege to be … Read more

“California’s Electricity Options and Challenges, Report to Governor Gray Davis,” joint report of the Electricity Oversight Board and the Public … Read more

“Cost Curve Analysis of the California Power Markets,” JBS Energy, Sacramento, Calif. William Marcus and Greg Ruszovan, September 29, 2000. … Read more