CPUC Schedules Utility Energization Implementation Workshop

On October 7, 2023, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 50 and Senate Bill (SB) 410, both of which, among other things, direct the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to develop energization timing targets for the investor-owned utilities (IOUs). See: New Statutes Aimed At Reducing Delays In Utility Energization. These laws were designed to be responsive to recent delays in interconnecting new electric loads such as electric vehicle charging, port drayage projects, and others in the Investor Owned Utilities’ service territories.

Following on this directive the CPUC will host a public workshop on Friday, February 2, 2024, to discuss and solicit participant feedback on implementation of AB 50 and SB 410. The workshop agenda will include discussion of:

  • Establishing criteria for timely service for customers to be energized, including targets for different types of applicant service energization requests, and a procedure for customers to report energization delays to the CPUC
  • Establishing annual energization reporting requirements that reflect the IOUs’ average, median, and standard deviation time to complete an energization request, explanation(s) for why projects did not become energized within the required timeline, and barriers impacting the IOUs’ ability to meet established timelines
  • Implementing CPUC annual workshop to discuss IOUs’ efforts to accelerate their energization processes
  • Establishing public reporting requirements for IOUs that fail to demonstrate the ability to energize at least 65% of their projects each year within the adopted energization timing targets

Participants are encouraged to present together if they have shared ideas or proposals.

Contact: Lynn Haug or Brian Biering