Electric and Communication Facilities Safety Section

The Electric and Communication Facility Safety Section (ECFSS) enforces General Orders (GO) 95, 128, 165, 166, and 174 for overhead and underground electric and communications facilities. ESRB has jurisdiction over the safety of overhead and underground electric and communications line construction of all investor-owned utilities, co-ops, and municipalities.



Publications and Presentations

  • SED Report on Crown Castle Compliance with D.13-09-026

    As a result of the Malibu Fire that occurred on October 21, 2007, the Commission issued an Order Instituting Investigation (OII) into whether the owners and operator of the poles that failed in Malibu violated Commission rules. On February 21, 2013, SED and Crown Castle filed a joint motion for approval of a settlement agreement. The settlement agreement was conditionally approved by Commission Decision 13-09-026 on September 24, 2013, and required Crown Castle to perform specific work that was outlined in the Decision.


    Decision 13-09-026 also required SED to prepare a report, after Crown Castle’s submission of its final bi-monthly report, that summarizes results of the safety audit, identifies the Santa Ana wind loads that Crown Castle used to assess its poles and pole attachments in Malibu Canyon, and addresses Crown Castle’s remediation actions.


  • June 2016 SED Report on GO174 Best Practices per D.12-10-029  
  • April 2016 Wireless West Conference Presentation on New CPUC Order on Pole Attachments

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