California Official: Utilities Would Like to “Strangle” Solar

From SF Gate

Unless you follow California energy regulation very, very closely, you’ve probably never heard of Mark Ferron.

For nearly three years, Ferron served on the California Public Utilities Commission, the panel that sets utility rates, oversees telecom companies and plays a key role in California’s fight against global warming. The CPUC faced fierce scrutiny in the wake of the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, with critics accusing the commissioners of being too cozy with the companies they regulate. But much of the time, a seat on the five-member panel isn’t exactly a high-profile job.

Ferron abruptly resigned his post last Thursday. And people in California’s solar industry have been talking about him ever since.

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