Our Work

The Public Advocates Office (also known as Cal Advocates) was created in 1984. We are the only State entity charged with helping ensure Californians are represented at the California Public Utilities Commission and in other forums. We do this mainly by recommending solutions and alternatives in utility customer best interests for decision-makers to consider when making policy and investment decisions on how to advance the state's energy, water and communications goals.

Our team of dedicated and passionate analysts, engineers, auditors, and lawyers work hard every day to put affordability, accessibility and equity at the forefront of our advocacy efforts, because utility services are essential. We help ensure this by: (1) proposing creative ways to lower utility bills, (2) helping transition to a clean energy future at the lowest possible cost, (3) identifying new ways to maintain grid reliability, (4) ensuring that utilities are safely and efficiently maintaining their systems, and (5) assisting with prioritizing access & affordability to essential broadband and water services, especially in underserved or unserved areas.

Learn more about the four-decade history of the Public Advocates Office at the California Public Utilities Commission.

Teamwork on a new report.

See a description of the branches and sections within the Public Advocates Office.

Learn about the main work and accomplishments of the Public Advocates Office over the last year.

Our Executive Team


Interim Director and Deputy Director of Energy


Deputy Director of Communications and Water

Mike Campbell

Assistant Deputy Director of Energy

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Manager of Governmental Affairs, Legislative Director


Chief Counsel