CSAC Bulletin Article

CSAC, Cities Support Utility Relocation Funding

July 14, 2016

CSAC and the League of California Cities have partnered to support continued funding to move electric utility infrastructure underground. Together, we oppose a proposal from the Office of the Ratepayer Advocate (ORA) in the Public Utilities Commission that would eliminate funding for utility relocation projects in Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) service area.

Under the current Rule 20A program, local governments accrue credits from utility ratepayer funds that can be used to complete utility undergrounding or relocation projects in conjunction with other local projects. These projects have safety, aesthetic and practical benefits for local governments completing transportation improvements within the public right-of-way.

CSAC and the League have been working with PG&E to revise the terms of the Rule 20A program for the last several years. Some local agencies have put projects on hold while the terms of the program are being reconsidered, which has unfortunately resulted in a backlog of projects. Once finalized, CSAC and the League believe that many jurisdictions will expeditiously proceed with undergrounding projects which will help significantly reduce the work credit backlog. If the ORA proposal is adopted, viable and shovel-ready projects may be delayed or cancelled as funding assumptions that were made during project planning are upended.

A joint letter from the League and CSAC urging the Public Utilities Commission to maintain the program is available here. CSAC urges counties that are planning to use Rule 20A work credits for utility undergrounding projects to offer comments at the upcoming public hearings in your communities:

CHICO
July 14, 2016, 6:00 pm
Manzanita Place
1705 Manzanita Avenue Chico, CA 95926

RICHMOND
July 18, 2016, 7:00 pm
Courtyard Richmond Berkeley
3150 Garrity Way Richmond, CA 94806

OAKLAND
July 19, 2016, 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Elihu Harris State Building – 2nd Floor, Room 2
1515 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612

SAN FRANCISCO
July 20, 2016, 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Public Utilities Commission – Auditorium
505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

SANTA ROSA
July 25, 2016, 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Steel Lane Community Center – Dohn Room
415 Steele Lane Santa Rosa, CA 95403

SAN BRUNO
July 26, 2016, 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm
San Bruno Library – Downstairs Room 701
Angus Avenue West San Bruno, CA 94066

SAN JOSE
July 27, 2016, 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm
San Jose Scottish Rite Center – Room 3
2455 Masonic Drive San Jose, CA 95125

SAN LUIS OBISPO
July 28, 2016, 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm
San Luis Obispo Library Community Room
995 Palm Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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