CPUC TO HOLD PUBLIC WORKSHOP AS PG&E
ENTERS ENHANCED OVERSIGHT AND ENFORCEMENT PROCESS
SAN FRANCISCO, June 9, 2021 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), in continued efforts to hold Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) accountable for its safety performance, will hold a remote (virtual) public workshop to discuss and obtain public feedback on the Corrective Action Plan PG&E submitted after the CPUC placed the company in an Enhanced Oversight and Enforcement Process. The Corrective Action Plan is intended to help ensure PG&E is prioritizing its enhanced vegetation management based on wildfire risk throughout its electric system.
WHEN: June 23, 2021, 1 – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Remote access via webcast or phone, as follows:
· Live video broadcast with English or Spanish captions via webcast: www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc
o Participants who choose to participate via webcast only will have audio and video, but will not be able to make verbal comment. If you would like to make comments during the meeting, refer to the phone-in information below.
o For captions, after clicking on the name of the workshop, click the green button below the video for captions. Then select captions by clicking on the white icon next to the word “live” at the bottom of the video.
o It will also be recorded and archived for future viewing.
· Phone: 800-857-1917, passcode: 5180519
o Participants will have audio (in English) and will be able to make comments or ask questions.
In April 2021, the CPUC placed PG&E into the first step of an Enhanced Oversight and Enforcement Process for failure to sufficiently prioritize clearing vegetation on its highest-risk power lines as part of wildfire mitigation work in 2020. The CPUC ordered PG&E to submit a Corrective Action Plan to demonstrate how PG&E intends to ensure that it prioritizes its enhanced vegetation management based on wildfire risk throughout its electric system in 2021.
The public workshop, conducted by the CPUC’s Safety and Enforcement Division, will consist of a presentation from PG&E on the elements of its Corrective Action Plan. Time will be allocated for the CPUC’s Executive Director and Safety and Enforcement Division staff to ask questions, as well as for public comment.
The Enhanced Oversight and Enforcement Process is a transparent, six-step enforcement framework established by the CPUC with escalating enforcement actions at each step, including placing conditions or revoking PG&E’s license to operate in California. These steps are triggered by specific findings or events. The Enhanced Oversight and Enforcement Process does not supplant existing CPUC regulatory or enforcement jurisdiction and does not limit the CPUC’s authority to pursue other enforcement actions.
Follow the Enhanced Oversight and Enforcement Process at www.cpuc.ca.gov/pgeenforcement.
In response to the Governor’s directive concerning restrictions on public gatherings to protect customers and community members during COVID-19, this workshop will not have in-person attendance. Members of the public can view the workshop via the Internet or listen and make comment by toll free phone line. Those who would like to make public comment must participate by phone.
While a quorum of Commissioners and/or their staff may attend the workshop, no official action will be taken on this matter.
If specialized accommodations are needed to attend, such as non-English or sign language interpreters, please contact the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office at email@example.com or toll free at 866-849-8390 at least five business days in advance of the workshop.
The CPUC regulates services and utilities, protects consumers, safeguards the environment, and assures Californians’ access to safe and reliable utility infrastructure and services. For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.