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CPUC Issues Proposal to Enhance Community Engagement and Collaboration Requirements for Utility-Initiated Power Shutoffs

May 13, 2020
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposed decision that would improve and update existing guidelines for utility-initiated power shutoffs in advance of the 2020 wildfire season. 
The proposed decision would require utilities to implement new measures to promote public safety by increasing communication with impacted communities and decreasing the duration and impact of any utility-initiated power shutoff event.
The proposed decision offers additional guidelines to help address some of the issues that occurred during the utilities’ implementation of their 2019 utility-initiated power shutoff events. Utilities would be required to submit a progress report to the CPUC on implementation two months after the proposed decision is adopted, followed by a second progress report six months later.
The proposed decision follows a May 2019 CPUC Decision (D.19-05-042) that adopted utility-initiated power shutoff communication and notification guidelines for electric investor-owned utilities and presented the CPUC’s overarching de-energization strategy, along with updates to the requirements established in Resolution ESRB-8.
Cities who are interested in reviewing the proposed decision and documents related to this proceeding may find materials on the CPUC’s website. Members of the public can submit comments on the proposed decision by clicking on the “Public Comments” tab.
For more information or to see the detailed guidelines, visit www.cpuc.ca.gov/deenergization.

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