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

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

California Public Utilities Commission Holds Hearing On Southern California Edison’s Execution of 2020 Public Safety Power Shutoffs; Proposes Additional Guidelines for Utilities to Minimize the Impact (R.18-12-005)

By Tristan Stidham On January 26, 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) held a hearing to address Southern California Edison’s (SCE) continued Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). In a January 19, 2021 letter to SCE’s President and CEO Kevin Continue reading

Northern California Introduce AB-1941 to Address Power Shut-Offs and Wildfire Prevention

By Marcus Friedman AB 1941 (Gallagher), as amended February 18, 2020, would amend various sections of the Public Utilities Code, to temporarily suspend public utilities’ obligations to meet the requirements of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program (the Program) until Continue reading