• Martha Guzman Aceves

    Martha Guzman Aceves was appointed Commissioner at the CPUC by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Dec. 28, 2016. She has focused on issues related to fuel switching, broadband access, water affordability, access to distributed solar and various other energy and telecommunications issues.  She previously served as deputy legislative affairs secretary in the Office of the Governor since 2011, focusing on natural resources, environmental protection, energy and food and agriculture. She was sustainable communities program director for the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation from 2005 to 2011. From 2006 to 2008, she worked with Swanton Berry Farm on human resources issues including a new employee-stock ownership program. She was legislative coordinator for United Farm Workers from 1999 to 2005, working on labor and environmental issues. In 2010, she co-founded Communities for a New California, a charitable organization promoting increased civic engagement of underrepresented communities. Guzman Aceves earned a Master of Science degree in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University.



  • Tribal Lands

    The CPUC is considering a proposed land transfer policy:

    Solar Recovery Fund

    On September 3, 2020, an Assigned Commissioner’s Ruling (ACR) was issued in R.14-07-002 proposing the creation of a Recovery Fund for NEM Solar Consumers.

    A remote workshop via Webex will be held on September 22, 2020. The agenda, Webex information and Spanish participation information are here. The PowerPoint slides are here

    Consumer Protections for Solar Customers

    In our ongoing efforts to protect consumers in the industries we regulate, we have adopted several consumer protections targeted to solar customers, including a solar information packet for utility customers considering installing solar rooftop energy systems.

    At our Voting Meeting on Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Commissioners approved a plan to develop a consumer information packet geared towards residential consumers of rooftop solar. The packet is intended to help consumers make an informed decision about installing solar, in response to aggressive or unscrupulous sales tactics. While solar remains an important part of our energy future, some customers have faced troubling issues like misleading marketing practices; pressure to sign a contract or agreement on the same day by solar salespersons; incomplete or incorrect information about the costs and benefits of rooftop solar; predatory financing; and more.

    "Solar should bring real benefits and energy savings to everyone, and the choice to go solar in California should be an informed one," said Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves. "Unfortunately, this is not always the case. I'm proud that these new solar consumer protections have been adopted. There is much more to do beyond this important first step, and the CPUC will continue to work on ways to protect the public."

    The Solar Consumer Protection Guide can be found at: www.cpuc.ca.gov/solarguide.

    For more info:

    CPUC Decision: 18-09-044

    If you believe you are a victim of fraud - or believe an attempt was made - it is important to file a complaint. Contact the Contractors State License Board at 1-800-321-2752; the Consumer Affairs Branch of CPUC at 1-800-649-7570 and your local district attorney's office.

    Contact: Sarah Sharpe (Advisor) at sarah.sharpe@cpuc.ca.gov

    Energy Disconnections and Reconnections

    On June 11, 2020, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to provide additional protections for utility customers in an effort to reduce customer disconnections.

    CPUC Decision: 20-06-003 - Accepting Changes to Reduce CA Resident Disconnections

    For more information on the disconnections rulemaking, please visit this page

    For more info:

    Contact: Justin Fong (Advisor) at justin.fong@cpuc.ca.gov

  • Contact Info:

    Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves
    California Public Utilities Commission
    505 Van Ness Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94102

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    Twitter: @GuzmanAcevesPUC

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