Fire Safety and Utility Infrastructure En Banc 

The CPUC will hold an En Banc to examine the fire threat in California and what steps can be taken to mitigate fire hazards to utility infrastructure.

California's forest and rangeland vegetation grows in a Mediterranean climate with cool, moist winters and hot, dry summers. The combination of vegetation, climate, and topography creates a high risk fire environment. Every year, there are more than 5,400 wildland fires that burn an average of more than 156,000 acres each year. In many cases, fires impact utility infrastructure regulated by the CPUC. Utilities, especially electric and telecommunication services, are also critical for emergency response and the ability of first responders to communicate. However, in some instances utility infrastructure may also contribute to or be the cause of fire. As such, it is important for the CPUC to fully understand the intersect of fire safety and utility infrastructure.

The En Banc will take place as follows:

  •  When: January 31, 2018, 9:00 to 4 p.m.
  •  Where: CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco; also available via webcast

Final Agenda  


While a quorum of Commissioners and/or their staff may attend, no official action will be taken. 

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