• Martha Guzman Aceves

    Martha Guzman Aceves was appointed Commissioner at the CPUC by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Dec. 28, 2016. She has focused on issues related to fuel switching, broadband access, water affordability, access to distributed solar and various other energy and telecommunications issues.  She previously served as deputy legislative affairs secretary in the Office of the Governor since 2011, focusing on natural resources, environmental protection, energy and food and agriculture. She was sustainable communities program director for the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation from 2005 to 2011. From 2006 to 2008, she worked with Swanton Berry Farm on human resources issues including a new employee-stock ownership program. She was legislative coordinator for United Farm Workers from 1999 to 2005, working on labor and environmental issues. In 2010, she co-founded Communities for a New California, a charitable organization promoting increased civic engagement of underrepresented communities. Guzman Aceves earned a Master of Science degree in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University.

     

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  • Expanding Solar in Disadvantaged Communities

  • CPUC ADOPTS SOLAR PROGRAMS TO INVEST IN DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 21, 2018 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), in its ongoing efforts to help improve air quality and economic conditions in disadvantaged communities, today adopted three new programs to promote the installation of solar energy to serve customers in disadvantaged communities. “Transitioning to a clean economy must include all Californians. Targeting solar investments in low income and disadvantaged communities will help ensure that all Californians have access to all the benefits of solar, whether on their roofs or nearby in their neighborhoods,” said Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves.

    For more information:

    CPUC Decision 18-06-027

    Fact Sheet 

    Information presentation

    CPUC Press Release

    Webinar Presentation

     

    Environmental and Social Justice Action Plan

    On February 21, 2019 the CPUC adopted an Environmental and Social Justice Action Plan to serve as roadmap for advancing equity in CPUC programs and policies."

    Environmental and Social Justice Action Plan 2019

     

  • Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group

    Senate Bill 350 (De Leon, 2015), as codified in Public Utilities Code section 400(g), requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) to establish an Advisory Group consisting of representatives from disadvantaged communities (Advisory Group). The Advisory Group is to review and provide advice on proposed clean energy and pollution reduction programs and determine whether those proposed programs will be effective and useful in disadvantaged communities.

    The Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission adopted the Charter for the Advisory Group on December 13, 2017 in Energy Commission Resolution 17-13-2, and on December 14, 2017 in California Public Utilities Commission Resolution E-4893, respectively. The Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group meets in-person on a quarterly basis in locations across the state.

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  • Increasing Access to Affordable Energy in the San Joaquin Valley

  • At the Voting Meeting on December 13, 2018 the Commissioners approved a $56 million investment for pilot projects in 11 San Joaquin Valley communities that lack natural gas in an effort to increase access to clean affordable energy in disadvantaged communities and reduce the use of propane and wood burning.

    "I am proud of the CPUC's decision to approve 11 pilot projects bringing cleaner, affordable energy to communities in California who have been long unserved and overlooked," said Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves. "I am even prouder of these communities themselves, and of their tenacity and commitment. It has been a long road, and these pilots are just another step, but they will provide energy efficiency upgrades, solar benefits, job training and more - while reducing energy costs and pollution."

    To access the decision outlining the pilots, please click here.


    Lifeline

    The California LifeLine Program (California LifeLine) is a state program that provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to eligible households. Commissioner Guzman Aceves has been assigned the Lifeline proceeding and invites you to join in the process.

    On March 26, 2019 Commissioner Guzman Aceves issued a Proposed Decision (available here) that would authorize Lifeline pilot projects with Boost Mobile and iFoster.

    An article discussing the pilot proposals can be found here.

     

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  • Consumer Protections for Solar Customers

    In our ongoing efforts to protect consumers in the industries we regulate, we have adopted several consumer protections targeted to solar customers, including a solar information packet for utility customers considering installing solar rooftop energy systems.

    At our Voting Meeting on Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Commissioners approved a plan to develop a consumer information packet geared towards residential consumers of rooftop solar. The packet is intended to help consumers make an informed decision about installing solar, in response to aggressive or unscrupulous sales tactics. While solar remains an important part of our energy future, some customers have faced troubling issues like misleading marketing practices; pressure to sign a contract or agreement on the same day by solar salespersons; incomplete or incorrect information about the costs and benefits of rooftop solar; predatory financing; and more.

    "Solar should bring real benefits and energy savings to everyone, and the choice to go solar in California should be an informed one," said Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves. "Unfortunately, this is not always the case. I'm proud that these new solar consumer protections have been adopted. There is much more to do beyond this important first step, and the CPUC will continue to work on ways to protect the public."

    The CPUC's Energy Division and News and Outreach Office will work on finalizing the packets with stakeholders through workshops and other procedures. The solar information packet is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2019.


    For more info:

    CPUC Decision: 18-09-044

    If you believe you are a victim of fraud - or believe an attempt was made - it is important to file a complaint. Contact the Contractors State License Board at 1-800-321-2752; the Consumer Affairs Branch of CPUC at 1-800-649-7570 and your local district attorney's office.

    Contact: sarah.sharpe@cpuc.ca.gov


    Internet for All Now Act

    The Internet for All Now Act (Assembly Bill 1665) promotes broadband adoption and infrastructure deployment in unserved areas with a goal of providing broadband access to no less than 98 percent of California households. The CPUC is seeking feedback on the implementation and proposed programmatic changes to its broadband grant program, including new methods of private-public partnerships, allowing and incentivizing the use of existing infrastructure, and establishing various strategies for investing in low income households and communities for infrastructure and adoption goals.


     

    Energy Disconnections and Reconnections

    For more information on the disconnections rulemaking, please visit this page

    For more info contact:

    Adenike Adeyeye, adenike.adeyeye@cpuc.ca.gov

  • Contact Info:

    Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves
    California Public Utilities Commission
    505 Van Ness Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94102

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