PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON UTILITIES’ WILDFIRE MITIGATION PLANS BEFORE NOV. 14 PREHEARING CONFERENCE

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East County News Service

November 3, 2018 (San Francisco) – “We want to hear from you about wildfires!” states a message from Agatha Wein at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  “The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is examining how well California's electric utilities are prepared for wildfires and we want input from community leaders.”

SDG&E, PG&E, Southern California Edison, and several other utilities are required to develop wildfire mitigation plans that will include details on:

  • wildfire prevention strategies for electric utilities,
  • maintenance and inspection of lines,
  • outreach to first responders and customers, including low-income, elderly, disabled, and those with limited English,
  • restoration of service after a wildfire

The CPUC is seeking input from you and your community on what should be included in the utilities’ wildfire mitigation plans before its  November 14th prehearing conference. CPUC’s goal is to have all investor-owned electric utility plans approved before the 2019 summer fire season, which requires an accelerated timeline for this rulemaking (see schedule below).

Here are several ways you can submit comments:

1.  Send comments in email or letter form to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov between now and December 31, 2018.

2.  Come to the Commission on November 14, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco and speak to the Commission directly, or watch our webcast at http://www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc

3.  File formal comments and become a party to the proceeding.  See dates below, and ask public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov how to participate formally if interested.

When

Prehearing conference November 14, 2018, 10:30 a.m., 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, or webcast at http://www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc

By December 15, 2018 (second set of formal comments; date subject to change).  If you need help in how to submit formal comments, contact public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

 Finally, they have created a new webpage for the SB 901 utility wildfire mitigation plan proceeding: http://cpuc.ca.gov/SB901