CPUC Expands Scope of Issues to be Addressed in the Energization Timelines Rulemaking

On January 30, 2024, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) opened a new rulemaking, R.24-01-018, to “provide guidelines and set timelines for the energization of electrical utility customers,” to implement provisions of Senate Bill 410 (2023) and Assembly Bill 50 (2023). As directed by those bills, the CPUC must establish “reasonable average and maximum target energization time periods” as well as procedures for customers to report energization delays to the CPUC.

A public workshop seeking input from electric utilities and customers on the issues that should be addressed in R.24-10-018 was held on February 2, 2024. Following the workshop, the CPUC expanded the scope of R.24-10-018 to include the following issues, among others:

  • How should the CPUC develop energization timing targets?
  • What are the key milestones and metrics for both utilities and applicants to complete as part of the energization process?
  • What innovations or process improvements are being considered or implemented by utilities and applicants to streamline the energization processes?
  • How should delays that are the responsibility of applicants or other stakeholders (i.e., local jurisdictions) be factored into the energization timing targets?
  • What venues do customers currently pursue to resolve energization delays?

Opening comments on the rulemaking and workshop discussions are due February 20, with reply comments due March 5.

For more information, contact Ron Liebert, Lynn Haug or Brian Biering.