• Consumer Protection and Enforcement Division

    The Consumer Protection and Enforcement Division (CPED) serves as the first line of defense for California utility customers. CPED collects and resolves consumer complaints, establishes and enforces rules and regulations for transportation carriers, and investigates allegations of utility waste, fraud, and abuse.

    CPED is comprised of three separate branches: the Consumer Affairs Branch, the Transportation Enforcement Branch, and the Utilities Enforcement Branch. More information on each branch is provided below.

    For CPED monthly reports, please visit CPED Reports 

  • Consumer Affairs Branch

    The Consumer Affairs Branch (CAB) assists consumers of gas, electric, water, and telecommunications services with billing and service matters. CAB answers questions, processes complaints, and helps resolve application denials with programs such LifeLine and CARE. 

    You can learn more about CAB by visiting its website at  http://cpuc.ca.gov/cab/.  

    Transportation Enforcement Branch

    The Transportation Enforcement Branch (TEB) is responsible for permitting and enforcement of companies involved in the transportation of people or used goods. TEB oversees the regulation of Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft, limousine services, bus services, vessel common carriers, and moving companies. 

    You can learn more about TEB by visiting its website at  http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=5820.    

    Utilities Enforcement Branch

    The Utilities Enforcement Branch (UEB) investigates alleged violations of the Public Utilities Code, CPUC regulations, and other California statutes involving gas, electric, water, and telecommunications companies. UEB investigations generally involve consumer fraud, marketing abuse, and issues of public safety. 

    You can learn more about UEB by visiting its website at  http://cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=2665.  

  • Contact Us

  • Mailing Address: 

    California Public Utilities Commission
    Consumer Affairs Branch
    505 Van Ness Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    Telephone: 1-800-649-7570
    Fax:            1-415-703-1158


    Monday – Friday8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  

    E-mail: consumer-affairs@cpuc.ca.gov

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    The CPUC regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and sewer utilities. Unfortunately, we cannot help you resolve issues with publicly owned or municipal utilities, such as SMUD or the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

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