Utility Wildfire Mitigation Plans (SB 901)

Senate Bill 901 requires electric utilities to prepare and submit wildfire mitigation plans that describe the utilities' plans to prevent, combat, and respond to wildfires affecting their service territories. Through a proceeding it opened on Oct. 25, 2018, the CPUC will review the initial plans, and develop and refine the content of and process for review and implementation of wildfire mitigation plans to be filed in future years.

This is the first of many steps the CPUC will take to implement Senate Bill 901, which addresses a number of issues in the CPUC's jurisdiction related to wildfires.

Investor-owned utilities have been required to develop wildfire mitigation plans since 2017. Senate Bill 901 modified those existing requirements in a number of ways, including requiring a more nuanced and detailed list of information that the utilities must provide in their plans. In addition, the CPUC will review the plans, modify the plans when necessary, and eventually adopt plans. The bill also directs the CPUC to pursue enforcement actions for non-compliance with the plans.

The utilities that are required to participate in this proceeding are Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, Liberty Utilities/CalPeco Electric, Bear Valley Electric Service, and Pacific Power.

The CPUC has a Memorandum of Understanding with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), and has long worked with CAL FIRE on improving wildfire mitigation. Based on that work and input from the parties, the proceeding will include development of proposed guidance for what the electric utilities' wildfire mitigation plans should contain.

The CPUC invites the input of all stakeholders in guiding its approach.

Schedule

  • By Oct. 5, 2018: First formal comments on the proceeding due
  • Nov. 14, 2018: Pre-hearing Conference (see details below under Events)
  • By Dec. 15, 2018: Second set of formal comments (date subject to change)

 

Events

  • Nov. 14, 2018, 10:30 a.m.: Pre-hearing Conference, CPUC Hearing Room A, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco; also available via webcast at www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc

Resources

Provide Input

We want to hear from you about wildfires. We are examining how well California's electric utilities are prepared for wildfires and we want your input. The wildfire plans will include details about 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; and, restoration of service after a wildfire. 

Tell us what you think:

  1. Send comments in email or letter form to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov between now and Dec. 31, 2018
  2. Come to the CPUC on Nov. 14, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco and speak to us directly at our Pre-Hearing Conference or watch the webcast at www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc
  3. File formal comments and become a party to the proceeding. See dates above under "Schedule," and ask public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov how to participate formally if interested

 

Questions?

Contact us at news@cpuc.ca.gov


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