Former gubernatorial help Susan Kennedy is well-connected during a California Public Utilities Commission, carrying once been a commissioner herself.
Also, as U-T Watchdog has reported, Kennedy’s association is adult for capitulation of an appetite storage agreement that could be value $100 million.
Kennedy was a organizer for a Feb tribute dinner for former CPUC President Michael Peevey. And she has easy access to a new president, Michael Picker, even once joking with him about his personal email address, that starts “picker.has.michael.”
“That could have resulted in a rather pornographic email address,” Kennedy wrote to Picker final August. “You dodged a bullet by a integrate of letters.”
Amid such giveaway exchanges, Kennedy also approached Picker about appetite storage, a really attention she’s removing into in a large way, if a utilities elect approves.
On Jan. 18, Kennedy wrote to Picker to share with him an essay in Energy Efficiency Markets about trends in appetite storage, that mentioned her company, Advanced Microgrid Solutions.
“This essay is mark on about what we’re perplexing to do from a grid perspective,” Kennedy wrote. “Takeaways: Batteries are about to radically decentralize a grid; Lithium-ion is a usually battery mature adequate for blurb grid use today; Aggregators (like Stem AMS) are a pioneers who will move these technologies to marketplace by charity them to regressive utilities as a grid use (and holding on a financial risk).”
She sealed with a criticism about how she would be fasten Picker on an attention panel. At a event, she pronounced though explanation, former Southern California Edison President Bob Foster “gets to poke during me until we start hissing and spitting.”
One of a biggest issues during a utilities elect is a giveaway upsurge of “ex parte” communications, that take place outward a open perspective and mostly advantage association executives over a open interest, according to an eccentric study launched by a elect itself.
When regulators have backchannel communications about a matter they’re considering, that’s ostensible to be disclosed within 3 days, to emanate clarity and integrity for other parties meddlesome in a commission’s decision.
So, for instance, if another association wanted to take emanate with Kennedy’s explain that her association is a colonize in appetite aggregation, it could do so — though usually if a communication were disclosed and became partial of a record of a proceeding. This particular email is usually apropos open since a U-T performed it outward of a avowal process.
The responsibility generally falls on a meddlesome party, not on a commissioner, to news backchannel communications. But during times, a commissioner will record a disclosure, as Peevey did when he perceived an email from a University of California Los Angeles expertise member per hothouse gas grants that were partial of a allotment of costs for a shutdown of a San Onofre chief plant.
So a Watchdog asked a commission, and Kennedy, because Kennedy’s email to Picker wasn’t disclosed, given that a appetite storage emanate was a pending matter.
Commission mouthpiece Terrie Prosper remarkable that a Kennedy email did not titillate any sold movement on a appetite storage contracts, distinct a UCLA email from October.