Levine Calls for Utility Regulator to Continue Robust Oversight of PG&E
(SAN RAFAEL, CA) – Assemblymember Marc Levine (D – Marin County) today called on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to identify additional tools that may be necessary to increase oversight of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), including use of embedded regulators to build public confidence in the short term and long term administration of these essential utility services.
During the week of October 7, 2019, PG&E initiated a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), forcing blackouts on over 2 million Californians, preventing 130,000 students from attending school and causing economic losses estimated in the billions. After that event, PG&E’s CEO William Johnson speculated that these blackout events could occur for another decade.
Levine’s letter to the CPUC calls on the regulator to articulate its day-to-day role in providing oversight of PG&E’s PSPS, to identify possible legislative or regulatory relief necessary to ensure proper oversight of PG&E’s PSPS or to require changes to PG&E’s strategic investments to address its aging infrastructure and necessary wildfire hardening. This could include the use of embedded regulators necessary to make sure that PG&E is compliant with state laws and regulations along with making decisions that are in the best interests of ratepayers throughout the state.
“There is a reasonable assumption that in 2019, Californians should be able to turn their lights on,” said Assemblymember Levine. “We must do more to build public confidence and improve outcomes to keep the lights on while ensuring the safety of residents in the North Bay and throughout California.”
A copy of Levine’s letter to the CPUC can be found HERE.