Local Agency Technical Assistance Program Webinar
August 2, 2022 | 10-11 a.m.
Local and sovereign tribal governments interested in learning about the CPUC’s Local Agency Technical Assistance (LATA) program are invited to a one-hour live webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m.
The webinar will introduce the program and highlight eligibility requirements, acceptable uses, and the application process.
- Intro (5 minutes)
- Program Overview (10 minutes)
- Q&A (10 minutes)
- Break (5 minutes)
- Grant Application Demo (15 minutes)
- Q&A (10 minutes)
- Wrap-Up (5 minutes)
Last Mile Broadband - CPUC Funding Programs to Close the Digital Divide
June 1, 2022 | 10 - 11 a.m.
Please join us on June 1, 2022, from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. for an informational webinar to review broadband funding programs at the CPUC.
Substantial funding opportunities to close the digital divide will be available later this year to local governments, non-profits, and tribes.
CPUC Communications Division Director Rob Osborn will present on the goals of the funding programs and when applications are likely to be accepted. These programs include:
- Broadband Technical Assistance - $50 Million
- Loan Loss Reserve - $750 Million
- Federal Funding Account - $2 Billion
- California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) – up to $150 Million per year
The Q&A session will provide attendees with an opportunity to share their opinions and ask questions on the issues discussed.
Natural Gas 101 and Policies for a Just Transition Webinar
March 16, 2022 | 10 a.m. - noon
This informational webinar will cover the basics of the gas system, how it is regulated, and CPUC’s Long-Term Gas Planning Rulemaking in the context of other state efforts.
State and local climate policies may have substantial long-term implications for our natural gas infrastructure. This webinar is intended for local governments and community-based organizations (CBOs) that are concerned with the equity, affordability, and reliability implications of these policies and will help provide a working knowledge of how to engage with the CPUC and other state agencies.
The Q&A session will provide attendees with an opportunity to help us better understand the communities we are trying to reach as well how we should adjust our future engagement efforts to meet their needs.
CPUC Environmental and Social Justice Action Plan Webinar
November 10, 2021 | 10 - 11:45 a.m.
Join the CPUC for a webinar to learn about and provide feedback on the latest revision of the CPUC’s Environmental and Social Justice Action Plan.
Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people in development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental policies that impact their lives and surroundings. The Environmental and Social Justice (ESJ) Action Plan identifies ways the CPUC can use its regulatory authority to address health and safety, consumer protection, and enforcement concerns across the energy, telecommunications, and water utilities, as well as the railroads and transportation companies CPUC regulates.
The ESJ Action Plan also highlights how the CPUC can engage directly with communities, build supportive relationships, and gather more information about the concerns Californians face and the ways they are best able to communicate those concerns to the CPUC.
This online forum will discuss the latest proposed revisions to this living document and give stakeholders an opportunity to provide input and influence the course of the draft revision. A draft will be posted on the Environmental and Social Justice Action Plan prior to the webinar.
Managing Utility Bills: Reducing Disconnections and Improving Affordability
August 26, 2021 | 10 a.m. - noon
Participation from community-based organizations (CBOs), local governments, and others working with communities experiencing high utility bill burdens are encouraged to participate.
The CPUC has developed a suite of metrics for utility affordability (R.18-07-006). These metrics will help the CPUC, CBOs, and local governments understand how much of a burden utility bills are for households and communities, and allow for objective comparison between different communities.
For the Disconnections Proceeding (R.18-07-005), CPUC staff will discuss a pilot program that aims to assist households experiencing repeated disconnections due to bills that far exceed their income. The CPUC is interested in feedback on how to structure a program that will establish payment plans based on a percentage of a household’s income.
- Introduction and Overview (Chris Moore, Local Government and Community Liaison) - 5 minutes
- Disconnections Program Presentation and Q&A (Ben Menzies, Energy Division) - 30 minutes
- Affordability Metrics Presentation and Q&A (Jefferson Hancock, Water Division) - 30 minutes
- Affordability as Framework for Decision-making and Q&A (Ankit Jain, Energy Division) - 30 minutes
- Q&A and Discussion (20 minutes)
- Wrap-up (5 minutes)