We strive for affordable, safe, reliable, and clean energy for California’s ratepayers
The Public Advocates Office rigorously evaluates policy and specific project proposals by considering the state’s climate goals, household bill impacts, and the need for safe and reliable service. Our team of over 100 energy specialists strives to ensure that policies and regulations regarding energy utility services create efficient and equitable outcomes. We are entirely publicly funded and primarily focus on electricity and natural gas policy and ratemaking issues. Our independent analyses and recommendations provide a counterweight to those from utilities, trade organizations or other special interests that regularly lobby the Commission.
Our Focus Areas
Rate Design and Cost Allocation
How much should energy utility companies recoup from their investments and how should those costs be distributed across ratepayers?
How do we build needed transmission lines faster and more affordably?
Distributed Energy Resources
How should the Commission design “behind the meter” programs that can reduce bills and emissions?
Natural Gas Decarbonization
How should investments be made to reduce the environmental footprint of natural gas use?
How should the grid accommodate new electric vehicles and scale charging stations?
Reliability and Long-Term Resource Planning
How many power plants will be needed in the future with warmer temperatures and more electrification?