On January 3, 2012, the Local Clean Energy Alliance called on Governor Jerry Brown to replace Michael Peevey as president of the California Public Utilities Commission. "In the ten years he has held that position," said a letter sent by the Alliance to the Governor, "Peevey has turned the CPUC into an agency that has stood for the interests of investor-owned utilities (IOUs) against the interests of ratepayers and the public."
While Peevey's term as a commissioner does not expire for a year, he can nevertheless be replaced as the CPUC's president, a position of disproportionate power. In taking this action, the Local Clean Energy Alliance endorsed the call by The Utility Reform Network (TURN) for new CPUC leadership. TURN has been at the forefront of defending ratepayers against assault from the utilities.