California gas utility fined $10M for ratepayer money misuse

A major California gas utility must pay the state nearly $10 million and reimburse customers money it improperly spent on work related to the development of energy efficient building codes. The penalties that Southern California Gas Co. faces were handed down Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission. The commission, which regulates California's major utilities, in 2018 prohibited the utility from spending any ratepayer money on advocacy work related to building codes after its internal watchdog found the utility fought standards designed to make homes and businesses more energy efficient.

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