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Company Overview of California Public Utilities Commission

Company Overview

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulates privately owned utilities in California. It engages in regulation of telecommunications, electric, natural gas, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies. Additionally, the commission authorizes video franchises. It also offers consumer protection programs. CPUC, formerly known as the Railroad Commission, was established in 1911 and is based in San Francisco, California with an additional office in Los Angeles, California.

505 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102

United States

Founded in 1911





Key Executives for California Public Utilities Commission

Interim Executive Director
Acting General Counsel
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

California Public Utilities Commission Key Developments

Southern California Edison Receives California Public Utilities Commission Approval for Charge Ready Pilot Program

Southern California Edison received the approval from state regulators to begin a pilot project to support installation of as many as 1,500 electric vehicle charging stations within its service territory. The California Public Utilities Commission's approval clears the way for SCE to begin implementing its $22 million 'Charge Ready' program to get more electric vehicle charging stations installed in locations where people park their cars for extended periods of time. The company described the Charge Ready program as a partnership in which the utility will install and maintain the supporting electrical infrastructure, the cost of which will be covered by the program, while participants will own, operate and maintain qualified charging stations. As an incentive to participate in the program, SCE will also offer rebates of between 25 and 100% of the base cost of the charging stations and their installation, depending on location and market segment. The program also calls for at least 10% of the charging stations to be installed in disadvantaged communities. At the conclusion of the pilot, SCE will seek authority from the CPUC to expand the program to bring the total number of charging stations to about 30,000 for a total estimated cost of $355 million.

California Public Utilities Commission Issues an Order Instituting an Investigation into Pacific Gas and Electric Company

On November 23, 2015, the California Public Utilities Commission issued an order instituting an investigation (OII") into whether PG&E Corporation's subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (Utility"), should be sanctioned for violating CPUC rules pertaining to ex parte communications. Ex parte communications include communication between a decision maker or a Commissioner's advisor and an interested person concerning substantive issues in certain formal proceedings before the CPUC. Certain communications are prohibited and others are permissible with proper noticing and reporting. The OII cites the communications that the Utility reported to the CPUC that the Utility believes may have constituted or described ex parte communications that either should not have been made or that should have been timely reported to the CPUC. The Utility reported these communications to the CPUC in September 2014, October 2014, December 2014, May 2015, and June 2015. The OII also cites the City of San Bruno's allegations made in July and November 2014 that certain communications between the Utility's employees and CPUC personnel made while the CPUC investigations related to the Utility's natural gas transmission pipeline operations and practices were pending, violated the CPUC's rules relating to ex parte communications. The CPUC also will determine whether the Utility's violations of the ex parte communication rules constitute a violation of Rule 1.1 of the CPUC's Rules of Practice and Procedure which governs the conduct of those appearing before the CPUC. The OII requires the Utility to show cause why the CPUC should not find that the Utility violated the CPUC rules and the Utility should not be sanctioned. The CPUC will determine the penalty to be imposed on the Utility for any proven violation and determine whether shareholders or ratepayers will bear the costs of the investigation. The CPUC can impose fines of up to $50,000 for each violation, per day. After an administrative law judge is assigned to the proceeding, a prehearing conference will be held to set the procedural schedule.

California Public Utilities Commission Presents at Platts 11th Annual California Power and Gas conference, Nov-19-2015 through Nov-20-2015

California Public Utilities Commission Presents at Platts 11th Annual California Power and Gas conference, Nov-19-2015 through Nov-20-2015. Venue: Hotel Nikko San Francisco, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, United States. Presentation Date & Speakers: Nov-19-2015, Robert Strauss, Supervisor. Nov-20-2015, Edward Randolph, Director, Energy Division.

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