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April 25, 2015 9:50 AM ET

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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 2014.

California Public Utilities Commission Key Developments

The California Public Utilities Commission Fines Pacific, Gas & Electric Co. $1.6 Billion for San Bruno Explosion

The California Public Utilities Commission voted on April 9, 2015, to fine Pacific, Gas & Electric Co. $1.6 billion in penalties for its role in the September 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people, injured dozens and destroyed or damaged about 100 homes. The new penalty is $200 million more than an earlier internal recommendation by the San Francisco-based agency's administrative law judges assigned to the case. Along with earlier penalties related to the San Bruno incident, the total fines imposed on PG&E now exceed $2.2 billion.

Pacific Gas & Electric Fined $530,000 by California Public Utilities Commission for Safety Violations

Pacific Gas & Electric was fined $530,000 for safety violations by the California Public Utilities Commission, which frequently has been accused of being too cozy with the San Francisco utility since the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion in September 2010. The fines include $430,000 for failing to "immediately excavate and examine pipelines that showed signs of signs of potential corrosion" and repair potentially hazardous defects. Those violations were first discovered during an audit that began in September 2012, and were confirmed by another investigation by the regulatory agency that "lasted in 2014".

California Public Utilities Commission Announces Management Changes, Effective January 1, 2015

Michael Picker has been appointed president of the California Public Utilities Commission. Picker has served as a CPUC commissioner since January 2014. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, he will take over the spot vacated by longtime CPUC President Michael Peevey. Before serving on the commission, Picker, 62, was a senior adviser for renewable energy in the governor's office for five years. He was a principal at Sacramento public relations firm Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009 and a consultant at Kaufman Campaign Consultants from 2000 to 2002.

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