The Terra News


The postmaster/administrator of The Terra News is Don Schultz, based in Sacramento CA.

Don has more than thirty years of experience in the energy industry. Most of this experience is founded on his career at the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Don retired from full time service in 2008 at the CPUC’s Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA).

During the Electricity Crisis in the Western States in 2000-2002, the mainstream media (MSM) started extensive coverage of the electricity industry: “This” was NOT supposed to happen in the so-called economically developed world. Don--an Information Junkie by nature and training--was somewhat stranded at the CPUC’s Sacramento Office and found it problematic to share information in a timely manner with his San Francisco-bound colleagues.

The 21st Century arrived just in time to provide widespread access to information about “the energy industries” and---via the internet and email--the ability to assemble and share information on a timely and regular basis. Without waiting for phone conversations, water-cooler chats, and meetings with fellow Information Junkies.

It was in this turn of the Century context that Don began the habit of collecting and sharing information about the California Experience during the Western States Electricity Crisis and its experiment with de-regulation. The “themes” and issues arising from the US experience of recovering the restructured electricity industry have evolved to incorporating news clips about such systemic developments as climate change and the Green Economy. These topics, along with others in the energy and water industries, are explored now on local, national, and international levels.

The Terra News website will be built out to include a repository of these clip collections archived by topic, in the Categories listings on The Terra News Home Page.