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

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

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

Despite Shortfalls, PG&E Exits Criminal Probation and is Awarded Safety Certificate after Meeting Statutory Requirements

By Justin Dalton On January 19, 2022, U.S. District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California issued his final comments upon the expiration of Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) five-year criminal probation term in the matter of United 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

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

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 Issues Proposal that Would Approve an Uber Sexual Harassment Reporting Agreement and $9 Million for Its Required Safety Initiatives

By Riley Minkoff On October 29, 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued proposed rulemaking decision R.12-12-011, a proposal that would approve a settlement agreement with Uber on the reporting of data on sexual harassment and assault.  The agreement 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