CSAC Bulletin Article

CPUC Opens Investigation of IOUs for Major PSPS

November 14, 2019

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has opened an investigation to examine recent Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS) events and ensure utilities are held accountable for their actions during these events. The formal investigation will assess whether the state’s investor-owned electric utilities (IOUs) properly balanced the need to provide safe and reliable service when planning and executing their recent PSPS events. Initiating this investigation is one of several actions the CPUC is taking in response to recent PSPS events.

This proceeding may inform but will not duplicate the CPUC’s re-examination of current PSPS guidelines and protocols currently underway in Rulemaking 18-12-005. CSAC has provided several rounds of comments on this rulemaking. In addition, on November 12, 2019, CPUC President Batjer ordered PG&E to demonstrate why it shouldn’t be sanctioned for its PSPS events implemented throughout October 2019.

For more information, the formal order for this investigation can be found here: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M319/K527/319527577.PDF

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