Welcome to the October 2011 edition of the California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) eNewsletter, where you'll find information on upcoming Southern California public meetings and more!

 
 

CPUC Gears Up For Southern California Meetings

The CPUC will hit the road for public meetings in Southern California in October.

The CPUC will hold a voting meeting on October 6, 2011, at 10 a.m., in the Auditorium of the Ronald Reagan Building at 300 South Spring Street in Los Angeles. For those unable to attend in person, a listen-only call-in number is available at 800-857-1917, passcode 92105. The meeting agenda, webcast information, and any presentations that will be shown at the meeting will be available via the CPUC’s website.

On Oct. 11, 2011, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. the CPUC will hold its annual Diversity En Banc in the Auditorium of the Ronald Reagan Building at 300 South Spring Street in Los Angeles. This year’s theme is From Sprout to Stalk: How to Grow Diverse Businesses and features the CPUC’s five Commissioners, as well as The Honorable Alex Padilla, California Senate; The Honorable Steven Bradford, California Assembly; The Honorable Curren Price, California Senate; Chris Shultz, Deputy Commissioner, California Department of Insurance; The Honorable Gwen Moore; Dr. Alfred Osborne, Senior Associate Dean, Professor, Andersen School of Management, UCLA; utility executives; and other guests.

Also in October, the CPUC will hold a series of Public Participation Hearings to discuss proposed rate increases requested by San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company as part of the General Rate Cases for the companies. The hearings are as follows:

  • Oct. 10, 2011, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Al Bahr Shriners Center, 5440 Kearney Mesa Rd., San Diego
  • Oct. 11, 2011, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Comfort Inn & Suites - Admiral/Bay Room, 632 E Street, Chula Vista
  • Oct. 12, 2011, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: El Cajon City Hall Council Chambers, 200 E. Main St., El Cajon
  • Oct. 13, 2011, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Civic Center Library Community Rooms, 330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside
  • Oct. 24, 2011, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Veterans Memorial Complex - Rotunda Room, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City
  • Oct. 25, 2011, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys
  • Oct. 26, 2011, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Gardena City Hall Council Chambers, 1700 West 162nd St., Gardena
  • Oct. 27, 2011, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Palmdale City Hall Council Chambers (Suite A), 38300 Sierra Highway, Palmdale

Public Participation Hearings are scheduled to provide the public an opportunity to comment on these cases. Comments from the public can help the CPUC reach an informed decision, and consumers are encouraged to attend. Written comments may be submitted to: CPUC Public Advisor, 505 Van Ness Ave., Room 2103, San Francisco, CA 94102 or via email.

If specialized accommodations for the disabled are needed for these events, please contact the Public Advisor’s Office via email or call toll-free 866-849-8390 or TTY 866-836-7825 at least three business days in advance of the meeting.

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CPUC Annual Diversity Hearing Focuses On Growing Diverse Businesses

The CPUC, in its ongoing efforts to promote diversity in utility company practices, will hold its annual public hearing with the theme From Sprout to Stalk: How to Grow Diverse Businesses.

When: Oct. 11, 2011, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Ronald Reagan Building, 300 S. Spring St., Los Angeles

Who: The CPUC’s five Commissioners; The Honorable Alex Padilla, California Senate; The Honorable Steven Bradford, California Assembly; The Honorable Curren Price, California Senate; Chris Shultz, Deputy Commissioner, California Department of Insurance; The Honorable Gwen Moore; Dr. Alfred Osborne, Senior Associate Dean, Professor, Andersen School of Management, UCLA; utility executives; and others.

Please see the agenda on the CPUC’s website.

The CPUC’s Supplier Diversity program promotes and monitors supplier diversity in procurement by utilities and oversees a certification clearinghouse. The CPUC encourages investor-owned utilities to purchase 21.5 percent of its goods and services from diverse firms (15 percent minority owned firms, 5 percent women owned firms, and 1.5 percent disabled veteran owned firms).

Said CPUC President Michael R. Peevey, “Supplier diversity is untapped markets, innovation, and richness of human capital; this En Banc is an opportunity to hear from some of our Fortune 500 companies about how they’ve integrated supplier diversity in their overall supply chain to benefit California consumers by increasing competition and lowering overall costs.”

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CPUC Improves and Streamlines Self-Generation Incentive Program

The CPUC has improved and streamlined its Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), including modifying eligibility criteria and incentive amounts and payment structures for eligible technologies.

Eligibility for participation in the SGIP will now be based on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. Technologies that achieve reductions of GHG emissions will be eligible for the program, including wind turbines, fuel cells, organic rankine cycle/waste heat capture, pressure reduction turbines, advanced energy storage, and combined heat and power gas turbines, micro-turbines, and internal combustion engines.

Participants will receive up-front and performance-based incentives. The incentives will apply only to the portion of the generation that serves a project’s on-site electric load.

The SGIP was established in 2001 as a peak-load reduction program seeking to encourage the development and commercialization of new distributed generation - generation installed on the customer’s side of the utility meter. Incentive payments to SGIP participants benefit all ratepayers by reducing the need for utilities to invest in expensive transmission and distribution infrastructure. The program is available to customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, and San Diego Gas & Electric.

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