The California Air Resources Board has developed, and is hosting, a free workshop entitled Taking Advantage of the Growing Green Economy – Real People. Real Solutions. Real Opportunities! in conjunction with the Green California Summit on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at the Sacramento Convention Center. Join other small business professionals at this interactive workshop dedicated to reducing costs and increasing revenue in the green economy. You’ll hear other small business owners discuss their real world experiences going green. Sessions will include tactics for cutting operational costs as well as accessing funding.
The focus of this workshop is “Real California Small Businesses” learning from other ”Real California Small Businesses” about what is working, what isn’t working, how their respective businesses have benefited from the actions they’ve taken to green their businesses by reducing energy and fuel use, becoming more efficient, accessing local assistance programs, and selling green products and services.
Because business is slow, the economy is weak. Times like these offer an opportunity to examine your internal operations and future plans so you are ready to go when the economy turns around. Greening your business will help you reduce energy and fuel costs, improve efficiency, and access assistance and funding for green businesses.
If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Jerry Hart at 916-324-5941 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The CPUC, in its ongoing efforts to reduce the number of natural gas and electric utility residential customer disconnections due to nonpayment, has ordered the state’s investor-owned utilities to implement certain interim practices to better assist consumers.
The CPUC ordered Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Southern California Gas Company to take the following actions:
- All utility company customer service representatives must inform any customer that owes an arrearage on a utility bill that puts the customer at risk for disconnection, that the customer has the right to arrange for a bill payment plan extending a minimum of three months in which to repay the arrearage. Customers must keep current on their utility bills while repaying the arrearage balance.
- Once a customer has established credit as a customer of a utility, that utility must not require the customer to pay additional reestablishment of credit deposits with the utility for either slow-payment/no-payment of bills or following a disconnection.
These interim actions are part of a proceeding the CPUC opened in order to address arrearage management and shutoff prevention for residential energy customers by improving customer notification and education.
Parties are invited to comment on the interim practices and to suggest other practices by March 12, 2010, with reply comments due on April 2, 2010. The CPUC intends to have a Proposed Decision on its agenda in June 2010. The CPUC encouraged the utilities and consumer groups to continue their dialogue and efforts to determine best practices and to assess whether the interim practices help meet the CPUC goal of reducing disconnections whenever some other method of bill payment can be arranged.
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The CPUC, in its ongoing commitment to consumer protection, has taken a number of actions in the past quarter to protect consumers from illegally operating moving companies and passenger carriers.
The CPUC participated in four multi-agency strike force operations on passenger carriers (limousines, shuttles, tour buses) during the fourth quarter of 2009. These operations, conducted at Los Angeles World Airports (LAX), San Francisco International Airport, and in the Hollywood and San Ysidro areas, were conducted to ensure that companies are properly licensed with CPUC. In conducting these sting operations, the CPUC worked closely with city officials, local law enforcement, and the California Highway Patrol, among others.
The CPUC also cited 17 companies and levied fines totaling $64,000 against companies violating operating rules, such as not having insurance and utilizing unlicensed sub-carriers. Further, CPUC staff investigations of unlicensed operations resulted in two moving companies being charged criminally for violating the CPUC’s rules and regulations.
Also during the fourth quarter of 2009, the CPUC cited and fined six northern and southern California moving companies
a total of $7,500 for violating operating rules. The CPUC also had telephone service shut off to an additional five companies and had one company charged criminally for violating operating rules and regulations.
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