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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has initiated a rulemaking (R.08.-12-009) to consider policies for California investor-owned electric utilities to develop a smarter electric grid in the state.  The proceeding will consider setting policies, standards and protocols to guide the development of a smart grid system and facilitate integration of new technologies such as distributed generation, storage, demand-side technologies, and electric vehicles.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“Recovery Act”) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009 (P.L.111-5).  The Recovery Act allocates $4.5 billion to the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. These “Smart Grid” funds are to be used to develop a nationwide plan to modernize the electric grid, enhance security of U.S. energy infrastructure and ensure reliable electricity delivery to meet growing demand.

January 14, 2015:  Smart Grid 2014 Annual Report (SB17, Chapter 327, Statutes 2009)

October 2014:  Smart Grid Annual Deployment Plan Updates (R.08-12-009)

May 12, 2014: Smart Grid 2013 Annual Report (SB 17, Chapter 327, Statutes 2009)

May 7, 2014:  Electric Utility Customer Information Privacy Reports, as required by D.11-07-056

May 2013: Smart Grid Annual Report - 2012

May 1, 2013:  Electric Utility Customer Information Privacy Reports, as required by D.11-07-056

Oct 2013:  Smart Grid Annual Deployment Plan Updates (R.08-12-009)

Oct. 2012: Smart Grid Annual Deployment Plan Updates (R.08-12-009)

Oct. 1, 2012: CPUC Acts to Ensure Consumer and Market Benefits from Smart Meters

Sept. 19, 2012: CPUC Grid Planning and Reliability Policy Paper: Cybersecurity and the Evolving Role of State Regulation: How it Impacts the California Public Utilities Commission

April 19, 2012: CPUC Acts to Ensure Effectiveness of Smart Grid

December 2011: 2011 Smart Grid Annual Report

July 28, 2011: CPUC Adopts Rules to Protect the Privacy and Security of Customer Electricity Usage Data

July 22, 2011: Commissioner Florio held an All-Party Meeting regarding the Decision Adopting Rules to Protect the Privacy and Security of the Electricity Usage Data of the Customers of PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E.

December 2010: 2010 Smart Grid Annual Report

June 24, 2010CPUC Launches Plan to Modernize Electric Grid

Feb. 8, 2010: CPUC Ruling requesting that parties submit comments pertaining to proposed policies and findings concerning the Smart Grid that fall into three broad areas.

December 29, 2009: CPUC Decision adopting policies and findings to fulfill the regulatory obligations imposed on states by the Energy Information and Security Act of 2007’s amendments to the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act.

September 10, 2009: CPUC Expedites Review Process for Smart Grid Funding Under Recovery Act

Hearings and Events

June 21, 2013: Smart Inverter Functionalities Workshop

Jan. 15-16, 2013: Energy Data Workshop

Previous Hearings and Events

January-February 2012 Public Workshops

  • The CPUC held four days of workshops on Smart Grid issues in January and February 2012. We have posted presentations made by attendees.

Dec. 12, 2011: Smart Grid Workshop, CPUC Auditorium

Sept. 9, 2011: Pre-hearing Conference on SDG&E Smart Grid Plan (A.11-06-006, A.11-06-029, A.11-07-001)

Oct. 25-26, 2010, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m.: Smart Grid Workshop (R.08-12-009)

Sept. 28-29, 2010: NIST/CPUC Co-Sponsored Event on Cyber-Security and Privacy in the CPUC Auditorium at 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.  Both days were video webcast.   

More Information

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