Identifying Disadvantaged Communities in the San Joaquin Valley and Evaluating Options to Increase Access to Affordable Energy


The CPUC is exploring the economic feasibility of various options to bring affordable energy options to residents of disadvantaged communities in the San Joaquin Valley, many of whom lack access to natural gas and are reliant on propane and wood for cooking and heating, Assembly Bill (AB) 2672 (Perea) added 783.5 to the Public Utilities Code and CPUC initiated proceeding R.15-03-010 to identify eligible communities and identify affordable energy options.  Formal proceeding documents can be obtained from the CPUC Docket Card.

Phase I - Outreach and Identification of Communities

The Phase I Decision identified 170 disadvantaged communities that met the criteria established in the statute, related to households income levels, population size, and distance from a natural gas pipeline.  The Decision also identified energy options that may be explored further in Phase II.

Click here for  an interactive map of the 170 communities identified in Phase I

Phase II - Pilot Projects and Data Gathering

The CPUC is currently evaluating the scope, feasibility, and cost effectiveness of pilot projects that would explore ways to offer cleaner, more affordable energy options to San Joaquin Valley communities, as well as designing a data gathering strategy.  These pilot projects and data gathering endeavors will directly inform Commission decisions on the best ways to provide assistance to a broader array of communities.

The Phase II Scoping Memo was released on December 6, 2017 and sets expectations for pilot projects and data gathering activities.

Track A - Pilot Projects

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company, and SoCalGas Company ("the utilities") submitted pilot project proposals for 12 communities on January 31, 2018.  Alternative pilot proposals were submitted by non-utility parties in comments on the pilot proposals on March 2, 2018.

The CPUC is holding Community Energy Option Assessment Workshops (Spanish advisoryto present the proposed pilot projects directly to community members in the San Joaquin Valley.  The presentations and listing sessions will be conducted in Spanish and English, locations, and the agenda for the workshops are below.


May 7, 2018

May 8, 2018


Le Grand Elementary

13071 E. Le Grand Rd.

Le Grand CA 95333

Casas de La Vina

23784 Ave 9

Madera CA 93637


May 15, 2018

May 16, 2018

May 17, 2018

Allensworth Elementary School Cafeteria

3320 Young Road

Earlimart, CA 93219

Stone Corral Elementary School Cafeteria

15590 Ave 383

Visalia, CA 93292

Lanare Community Center

20620 S Grantland Ave

Riverdale, CA 93656

May 21, 2018

May 22, 2018

May 23, 2018

Galilee Missionary Baptist Church

22491 Fairmead Blvd

Chowchilla, CA 93610

Cantua Creek Elementary Cafeteria

29288 W. Clarkson Ave

Cantua Creek, CA 93608

Central Park - Strata Center

10350 Heather Ave

California City, CA  93505

June 4, 2018

June 5, 2018

June 6, 2018

Alpaugh School Cafeteria

5313 Road 39

Alpaugh, CA 93201

4943 Ave 309

Visalia, CA 93291

Ducor Union Elementary School Cafeteria

23761 Ave 56

Ducor, CA 93218


All workshops begin at 6:00pm


  1. Overview and Context Setting [CPUC]
  2. Listening session#1: gather community feedback on energy conditions and needs [Moderated discussion]
  3. Overiew of community energy options: [IOUs - Third Parties]
  4. Listening session #2: questions on energy options and next steps [Moderated discussion]
  5. Wrap up and next steps [CPUC]

The utilities will coordinate to prepare a summary of each workshop that includes all written information provided at each workshop with a summary of the discussion.  The summaries are to be served and filed for each week workshops (4 weeks of workshops) within 10 days from the date of the last workshop per week.  CPUC Energy Division Staff will prepare a final Workshops Summary that will be docketed within 45 days after the last scheduled workshop as part of a ruling in this proceeding.

Track B - Data Gathering

This track will address data gathering needs for evaluation of economically feasible energy options and will finalize a Data Gathering Plan.  The information provided by parties in Track B will assist the Commission in determining the information needed and a methodology for conducting an overall economic feasibility study in Phase III.

Utilities proposed data gathering plans in the first quarter of 2018 and parties provided comments.  The Commission will determine if workshops are necessary, and Commission staff will propose a final Data Gathering Plan.

Phase III - Economic Feasibility Study

Phase III of this proceeding will be opened at a later date to a) evaluate progress with implementation of the authorized Pilot Projects and b) review the data collected pursuant to an approved Data Gathering Plan created in Phase II.  Phase III will also utilize data collected in accordance with the approved Data Gathering Plan and evaluation of pilot projects to conduct the economic feasibility study required by AB 2672.  A separate scoping memorandum will be issued for Phase III.





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