California Public Utilities Commission Issues First Autonomous Vehicle Drivered Deployment Permits

By Andrew D. Kent On February 28, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced the issuance of Drivered Deployment permits to Cruise LLC (Cruise) and Waymo LLC (Waymo) to allow for passenger service in autonomous vehicles (AVs). The Drivered Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Institutes a Formal Investigation of Uber and Certain Uber Black Sub-carriers (I.21-12-001)

By Andrew D. Kent On December 10, 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) initiated investigation I.21-12-001 instituting a formal investigation of Uber and certain Uber Black Sub-carriers operating on the Uber Black Platform in violation of the Public Utilities Continue reading

Governor Newsom Appoints New President and New Commissioner of CPUC

By Riley Minkoff On November 22, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Marybel Batjer would be retiring effective December 31, 2021 and that he was appointing Senior Advisor to the Governor Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Votes to Approve Decision Setting the Interim Range of Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Maximum Storage Capacity at Up to 41.16 Billion Cubic Feet

By Benjamin L. Sheinman On November 4, 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted 4-0 to approve D.21-11-008.  President Batjer was absent from the meeting.  This decision, proposed by Commissioner Guzman Aceves, set the interim storage capacity at the Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Proposal Requires Consumer Protection Measures for Verizon’s Acquisition of TracFone

By Andrew D. Kent On October 15, 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced the issuance of proposed decision A.20-11-001. This decision, if adopted, would approve Verizon Communications’ acquisition of TracFone Wireless, with certain conditions for consumer protection. The Continue reading

CPUC Implements Six Steps for the Monitoring of PG&E

By Justin Dalton On August 5, 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted Resolution M-4855 to set the selection process, scope of work, and schedule for an Independent Safety Monitor that will complement the CPUC’s oversight of PG&E. PG&E Continue reading

California Releases First Joint Agency Report on Path to Carbon-Free Electricity System by 2045

By Rachel Rockwell On March 15, 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), in cooperation with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Air Resources Board, released the first joint agency report and a summary document detailing the state’s path Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Unanimously Votes to Require San Diego Gas & Electric to Adjust Forecasted Rates after Challenge from Community Choice Aggregation Programs (A.20-04-014)

By Tristan Stidham At its January 14, 2021 voting meeting (Agenda Item 37, 37A), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted 4–0 to issue a decision (D.21-01-017), adopting Commissioner Martha Guzman-Aceves’ December 28, 2020, Alternate Proposed Decision regarding 2021 electric Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Transfers Electric Resource Portfolios For 2021-2022 Transmission Planning Process ((R.) 20-05-003)

By Rachel Rockwell At its February 11, 2021 voting meeting, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted D.21-02-008 to transfer electric resource portfolios to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) as part of its ongoing rulemaking proceeding, R.20-05-003. The decision Continue reading