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California Utility Regulator Grows Data Hungry

As the world’s appetite for data increases, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has decided to take a seat at the table. Over the last several months, the CPUC has issued a series of orders and data...more

Utility-Scale Battery Storage Systems: Legal Issues and Opportunities

Federal and state government mandates and incentives, combined with technological advances, have dramatically increased renewable energy sources during the past decade. Variable renewable energy sources such as solar and wind...more

California PUC Adopts Safety Enforcement Citation Program

On Dec. 1, 2016, the California PUC (CPUC) unanimously adopted Resolution SED-3, which implements a safety enforcement citation program for communications infrastructure providers (CIPs) including CLECs, cable operators,...more

A New Year Brings New Leadership at CPUC

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced on December 28, 2016, the appointment of Martha Guzman Aceves and Clifford Rechtschaffen to the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”), replacing Michael Florio and Catherine...more

New Outage and Call Completion Requirements in California

On December 27, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) issued its 180-page plus final decision in its rural call completion proceeding (R.14-05-012). The decision passed at the December 15 CPUC business...more

California Expands Service Quality Regulations

Not only is the weather changing, but so are service rules in sunny California. In Aug. 2016, the California Public Utilities Commissions (CPUC) issued Decision (D.) 16-08-021 in its service quality docket, Rulemaking...more

New Legislation Changes Rules for Ex Parte Communications at the CPUC

Anyone with business before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) needs to be familiar with the CPUC’s rules governing ex parte communications. “Ex parte communications,” or “ex partes,” are direct, nonpublic...more

CPUC Hosts Workshop for New Safety Intervenor

Earlier in 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) received approval from the Legislature to establish its own Office of Safety Advocates (OSA) as an effort to expand the participation of safety related...more

CPUC Cracks Down on Secrecy of Utility Data

For California utilities, ensuring their information stays confidential just got harder. On August 25, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a decision updating the process for submitting potentially...more

“The War Is Over”: Assemblymember Gatto Introduces Bill to Memorialize CPUC Reform Package

At an August 11th conference organized by the Advanced Energy Economy, Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the Utilities and Commerce Committee, and California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) President...more

Regulators Nationwide Weigh in on CPUC Litigation

In May, we posted a blog on litigation filed by telecom providers and trade associations to prevent the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) from requiring Plaintiffs to turn over competitively sensitive data to a...more

California Wrestles with Challenges to Meet the State’s Renewable Energy Goals

On July 15, the Los Angeles Times Summit on renewable energy brought together government officials, academics, regulators, fossil fuel executives, and renewable energy advocates to discuss the challenges California faces in...more

Diablo Canyon Settlement May Hinge on Cost Allocation

On June 21, 2016, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”) announced a plan to close down the state’s last remaining nuclear power plant, the 2.3 gigawatt Diablo Canyon plant near San Luis Obispo, by 2026. Diablo Canyon...more

California Governor Announces Deal to Remove Regulation of Lyft, Uber from PUC

On June 27, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Jerry Hill, Senator Mark Leno, and Assemblymember Mike Gatto announced a blockbuster agreement to transfer oversight of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft...more

No Longer Business-As-Usual for the CPUC?

Proposed legislation promises to change the meaning of business-as-usual for the California Public Utilities Commission. After rejecting CPUC reform in October, Gov. Jerry Brown aligned with Assemblymember Mike Gatto...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Apple plans to sell excess rooftop solar energy from headquarters - Renewable Energy World - Jun 10 - Apple Inc. plans to sell excess electricity generated by solar panels on the roof...more

Emergency Energy Storage Solicitation

The California Public Utilities Commission issues an unprecedented Resolution that will test the nascent energy storage industry. On May 26, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued Resolution E-4791 (the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - In sharp reversal, California suspends mandatory water restrictions - New York Times - May 18 - The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Wednesday suspended its...more

California Public Utilities Commission President Proposes Bold Changes to Self-Generation Incentive Program to Benefit Energy...

On May 16, 2016, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) President Michael Picker issued a proposed decision, "Re Revising the Self-Generation Incentive Program Pursuant to Senate Bill 861, Assembly Bill...more

California Telecom Providers File Suit to Protect Competitively Sensitive Information

On May 5, AT&T Mobility along with several other telecommunications providers and trade associations filed a complaint in the Northern District of California against the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”)...more

California Energy Agencies Advance Renewable Transmission Line Planning

California energy agencies and key stakeholders have finished the first step of a statewide planning process to evaluate transmission needs in the state and the region. This process, called the Renewable Energy Transmission...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.13.16

We learned yesterday of the effect that broken mergers are having on some hedge funds. Now comes news that, like many other institutional investors, large US insurance companies are yanking huge sums of money out of their...more

Court of Appeal Sustains CPUC's Discretion to Fill Gaps in Statutory Scheme for Intervenor Compensation but Requires CPUC to Limit...

The California Court of Appeal (1st Dist., Div. 4) issued an important decision on April 19, 2016, in New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC v. Public Utilities Commission, addressing a determination by the California Public...more

Cal PUC Issues New Rules for TNCs

At the voting meeting on April 21, the California Public Utilities Commission approved new regulations impacting the operations of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Lyft and Uber, within California. The “Phase...more

CPUC Implementation of the Renewables Portfolio Standard Beyond 2020 Begins

The California Public Utilities Commission is revving itself up to take on the task of putting together a whole new set of procurement requirements to implement the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS)-related provisions of...more

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