2018 Legislative Session

Below find presentations and summaries of Public Advocates Office position letters on 2018 California legislation, organized by Assembly and Senate bills across Energy, Water, and Communications regulation.  

 

SB 1028 (Hill) -  Public Advocates Office Letter    

This bill ensures any recent federal tax savings privately owned utilities receive are passed back to ratepayers.

Energy

AB 2127 (Ting) -  Public Advocates Office Letter    

This bill requires the California Energy Commission, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board and the California Public Utilities Commission, to perform a statewide assessment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in order to support the levels of electric vehicle adoption needed for the state to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

 

SB 901 (Dodd) -  Public Advocates Office Letter    

This bill advances the state’s safety goals by requiring electric utility providers to include in their wildfire mitigation plans, protocols to de-energize power lines and notify impacted customers during a catastrophic wildfire.  

 

SB 1016 (Allen) -  Public Advocates Office Letter    

This bill eliminates unnecessary barriers for electric vehicle (EV) owners who reside in Common Interest Developments, multi-unit dwellings, and condominium complexes. 
 

SB 1205 (Hill) -  Public Advocates Office Letter    

This bill requires a gas or electrical corporation to expeditiously report to the California Public Utilities Commission potential safety-related violations.

 

SB 1339 (Stern) -  Public Advocates Office Letter    

This bill requires electric utilities to include in their distribution resources plan proposals to the California Public Utilities Commission, an evaluation of the capacity for distributed energy resources to enhance California’s electrical grid resiliency.

 

Communications

AB 1959 (Wood) -  Public Advocates Office Letter    

This bill ensures that all Californians have continued access to affordable and high-quality essential communication services funded by the California High Cost Fund A & B programs which subsidize the cost of service in rural and high-cost areas of the state.

 

AB 2910 (Wood) -  Public Advocates Office Letter    

This bill requires the California Public Utilities Commission to report to the Legislature on telecommunications service providers’ efforts to restore service outages caused by a natural disaster after the Governor has declared a state or local emergency.

 

SB 460 (de León) -  Public Advocates Office Letter    

This bill codifies key consumer protection provisions of the “net neutrality rules” that the Federal Communications Commission repealed in December 2017.

 

SB 822 (Weiner) -  Public Advocates Office Letter    

This bill codifies key consumer protection provisions of the “net neutrality rules” that the Federal Communications Commission repealed in December 2017.

 

Water

SB 959 (Beall) -  Public Advocates Office Letter    

This bill requires a water corporation to post information on its website, such as a water rate increase request that it submits to the California Public Utilities Commission, thereby providing customers easier access to information they need to stay well-informed about their water utility service.

 

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