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October 08, 2015 2:16 PM 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 2015.

California Public Utilities Commission Key Developments

Pacific Gas and Electric Company Pays $300 Million Fine Levied by the California Public Utilities Commission

Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced that it has paid a $300 million fine levied by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in association with the 2010 natural gas transmission pipeline explosion in San Bruno, Calif. When the CPUC announced its decision on April 9, PG&E chose to move forward without an appeal. The payment to the state's General Fund is due Oct. 6. The company recently completed the sale of additional stock necessary to fund the payment. In addition to the $300 million fine to be paid to the state, the CPUC penalty requires that PG&E shareholders refund $400 million to gas customers and pay $850 million for gas system safety improvements. The $400 million refund, which will be based on usage, will be returned to customers in early 2016 per the CPUC’s direction. In addition to the payment to the General Fund, the company has settled claims amounting to more than $500 million with all of the victims and families of the San Bruno accident, established a $50 million trust for the City of San Bruno for costs related to recovery and contributed $70 million to support the city's and community's recovery efforts. As a result of the concrete actions the company has taken to make safety the cornerstone of its culture following the San Bruno explosion, PG&E became one of the first utilities ever to earn two of the highest internationally recognized safety certifications "the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 55001 and Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 55-1. The company has taken additional actions including the following: Change began at the top with Tony Earley joining the company as CEO in 2011. The company restructured its gas operations business and hired the best natural gas experts in the country to run it. The company put 3,500 leaders at all levels of PG&E through safety training and review the lessons of San Bruno with every new employee. The company has conducted advanced pipeline safety testing, replaced pipe where necessary and installed more than 200 new automated or remotely controlled emergency shut-off valves. The company decommissioned more than 800 miles of remaining cast-iron pipe in system, replacing with stronger, more efficient and seismically sound pipe. The company built a new gas operations control center, employing the most advanced technology, from which the company can monitor the entire system and respond more quickly and effectively to emergencies. The company has closed out 10 of 12 recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board and work on the remaining two is on track.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Appoints Robert Kenney as Vice President of California Public Utilities Commission Regulatory Relations, Effective Aug. 24

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. appointed outgoing Missouri Public Service Commission Chairman Robert Kenney as vice president of California Public Utilities Commission regulatory relations, effective Aug. 24. In his new role, Kenney will be responsible for executive management of regulatory proceedings before the CPUC.

California Public Utilities Commission Order Rasier-CA to Pay $7.3 Million Fine or Shut Down

Uber announced that California regulators ordered the company to pay a $7.3 million fine and hand over required information about safety and accessibility - or shut down in the ride service's home state. The California Public Utilities Commission said Uber was the only ride service that did not provide the information. An Uber spokeswoman said the San Francisco company would appeal the fine. The fine was levied against Rasier-CA, a wholly owned Uber subsidiary that operates UberX in California. The company's operating license could be suspended if it does not pay the penalty and supply the required information within 30 days.

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