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 Orders California Utility Companies to Implement PIPP Pilot Programs

By Justin Dalton On October 7, 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued D. 21-10-012 to R.18-07-005, an Order Instituting Rulemaking (OIR) to Consider New Approaches to Disconnections and Reconnections to Improve Energy Access and Contain Costs.  The order Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Votes to Approve Resolution Establishing New Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Rules

By Benjamin L. Sheinman At its meeting on October 7, 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously voted to approve Resolution E-5167.  This resolution established new rules to account for utility-side distribution costs associated with EV charging deployment.  The Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Votes to Approve Review of Solar Consumer Assistance Fund

By Benjamin L. Sheinman On May 19, 2021, Commissioner Guzman Aceves issued a proposed decision to establish a solar consumer assistance fund for Net Energy Metering customers.  This proposal was in response to a broader policy goal of “ensuring that Continue reading

SB 28 (Caballero), Authorizing CPUC to Set and Enforce Customer Service Requirements for Cable Franchise Holders, Signed by Governor

By Andrew D. Kent SB 28 (Caballero), as amended August 30, 2021, adds section 5895 to the Public Utilities Code, expanding the authority of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to collect data to enforce requirements for cable franchises.  Included Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Issues Proposed Rulemaking Decision to Enhance Regulatory Oversight and Enforcement of Investor-Owned Utilities

By Riley Minkoff On September 17, 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced the issuance of the proposed rulemaking decision R-20-07-013. This decision, if adopted, would further develop a risk-based framework for electric and gas utility decisions. The proposed Continue reading

CPUC to Evaluate Strategies to Mitigate Energy Rate Increases

By Justin Dalton On September 15, 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued an Amended Scoping Memo and Ruling on an “Order Instituting Rulemaking to Establish a Framework and Processes for Assessing the Affordability of Utility Service.” These “scoping” Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Approves Rulemaking Regarding Caps on Phone Rates for Those Incarcerated (R.20-10-002)

By Andrew D. Kent At its August 19, 2021, teleconference meeting [Agenda Item 31], the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously voted to adopt an interim cap on intrastate incarcerated persons calling services (IPCS) rates for seven cents ($0.07) per Continue reading