Water and Electric Utilities Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response – Coordination with Local Governments (R.15-06-009, Phase 2)

On the heels of a first phase to develop new rules for distribution grid security, the CPUC’s Safety and Enforcement Division, Risk Assessment Section, is also undertaking a second phase to shape new rules for emergency planning by water and electric utilities (gas utilities at present are subject to such safety guidelines). The phase 2 rulemaking effort comes in response to AB 1650, which added Section 768.6 to the Public Utilities Code, and requires, among other things, that water and electric utilities develop disaster and emergency preparedness plans, and seek local government input so as to improve communication with the public, and mitigate the effects of catastrophic events.

On May 31, 2018, assigned Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen issued a Phase 2 Scoping Memo and Ruling http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/SearchRes.aspx?docformat=ALL&docid=215366851 that outlines the issues that the Commission will seek to address and questions that are to be considered in undertaking the Utility Emergency Planning and Coordination phase. The Scoping Memo also describes a public workshop schedule and provides the full text of Public Utilities Code Section 768.6, the legislative directive to the Commission to undertake a proceeding to consider new rules for utility emergency response and coordination.

Phase 2 of proceeding R.15-06-009 was set in motion January 2018 with issuance of the assigned Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Kelly’s Ruling on Setting PHC for Phase 2 and Requesting PHC Statements, setting a March 15 Prehearing Conference (PHC) and requesting statements to inform the PHC.

A series of public workshops has been scheduled for 2018, the first of which was held June 26, at the offices of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES).  To access documents in support of Workshop 1 click here.

A second workshop was held on Friday, September 28, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also read our media advisory and view the meeting agenda, and view the presentations

The CPUC Daily Calendar page http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/SearchRes.aspx?DocTypeID=9&Latest=1 is generally a reliable source for what’s on at the Commission. Risk Assessment strives to post all its workshops’ agendas and participation information to the Daily Calendar two weeks in advance of a scheduled event.

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