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CA administrative judge recommends utility forfeit profits from energy crisis

[JURIST] An administrative law judge presiding over a California Public Utilities Commission investigation has concluded that Southern California Gas Company should forfeit $28.8 million in profits earned during the 2000-2001 energy crisis in California, according to a report released late Tuesday. If approved by the full commission, the finding would make Southern California Gas the first California utility found guilty in the crisis. A spokeswoman for the utility said the judge ignored evidence in reaching his conclusion, which she said was politically motivated. According to the investigating judge, the gas utility abused its power to sell gas to buyers other than its usual customers. Read the judge's decision [PDF]. The San Francisco Chronicle has more.

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