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CSAC Public Safety Power Shutoff Comment Letter to CPUC Supported By Several Groups

April 4, 2019

CSAC recently sent an advocacy letter to the CPUC regarding the development of Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) regulations. These regulations will govern how investor owned utilities (IOUs) will work with local governments in the event of a public safety power shut.

The CPUC process for developing regulations is similar to a legal proceeding. This first phase of the rulemaking will determine the scope of issues to be determined throughout the rulemaking process. Twenty-three parties filed a reply to the CPUC during the first phase of the rulemaking. Many of these parties supported or agreed with CSAC’s comments and suggestions on several issues including notification timelines, content of emergency notices from IOUs, and creating open lines of communication early between local governments and IOUs.

Parties providing supportive comments included the Direct Access Customer Coalition and Energy Users Forum, PG&E, Small Business Utility Advocates, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, The Utility Reform Network (TURN), and several water districts. As a next step, the CPUC will issue a proposed decision on the scope of the rulemaking. CSAC will continue to actively engage on this proceeding and will send out the CPUC decision to counties for comment after it is issued.

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