State Auditor Releases Report Finding State Officials are Failing to Hold California’s Electric Utility Companies Accountable for Wildfires

By Justin Dalton On March 24, 2022, the Acting California State Auditor, Michael Tilden, released an audit finding that state officials are failing to hold California utility companies accountable for preventing fires started by those companies’ equipment. The Audit found Continue reading

The California Public Utilities Commission Votes to Approve Decision Revising General Order 156, Supplier Diversity Program, Adopting a Voluntary Procurement Goal for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Business Enterprises

By Benjamin L. Sheinman On April 7, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted 5–0 to approve D.22-04-035. This decision, proposed by Commissioner Rechtschaffen, revised the Commission’s Supplier Diversity Program, set forth in General Order (GO) 156, to incorporate Continue reading

The CPUC Initiates Rulemaking Proceeding to Review the Tribal Land Transfer Policy Guidelines

By Riley Minkoff On February 10, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued an Order Instituting Rulemaking (OIR) (R.22-02-002) to consider revisions to the Commission’s Tribal Land Transfer Policy (TLTP) Implementation Guidelines. According to the OIR, the TLTP was Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Issues Proposed Decision Revising Net Energy Metering Tariffs and Subtariffs – Net Energy Metering (NEM) 3.0

By Benjamin L. Sheinman On December 13, 2021, Administrative Law Judge Kelley Hymes issued a proposed decision (PD) “Revising Net Energy Metering Tariff and Subtariffs” in the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ongoing rulemaking proceeding to revisit net energy metering 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 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

California Public Utilities Commission Votes to Allow Utilities to Increase Capacities in Spite of Continuing Environmental Concerns (R.20-11-003)

By Tristam Stidham At its March 25, 2021 meeting (agenda item 10), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), unanimously voted to direct California’s three major Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs), San Diego Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Southern Continue reading