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Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group - Seeking New Member

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) are seeking applications from interested persons to fill a seat on the Senate Bill 350 Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group (Advisory Group). More information about the advisory group is on the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group's web page: http://cpuc.ca.gov/dacag/.

Instructions for Applicants:

Any person interested in joining the Advisory Group should first review the SB 350 Disadvantaged Advisory Group Charter as well as the web page cited above and then transmit the following materials:

  1. Resume or curriculum vitae listing or demonstrating his/her significant industry knowledge, subject matter expertise, and experience in a disadvantaged community.
  2. Letter of interest, not to exceed two pages, that demonstrates his/her qualifications including: (i) his/her ability and willingness to meaningfully participate and provide thoughtful and actionable input, and (ii) how specifically, and perhaps uniquely, he/she hopes to contribute to the Advisory Group. The letter should include the specific geographical location(s) of the disadvantaged community the applicant represents.
  3. Applicants may also attach letters of support from other parties that describe (i) how the applicant is qualified to serve on the Advisory Group; and (ii) how specifically, and perhaps uniquely, the applicant could contribute to the Advisory Group.

Submit application to DAC-AG@cpuc.ca.gov by July 22, 2019. If you already submitted an application in June 2019, you do not need to submit another application.

Please contact Amy Mesrobian at Amy.Mesrobian@cpuc.ca.gov or (415) 703-3175 or Kristy Chew at Kristy.Chew@energy.ca.gov or (916) 654-4818 with any questions.

About the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group

Established jointly with the California Energy Commission, the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group advises both Commissions on how programs can be designed to benefit disadvantaged communities and effectively reach low income households, small businesses, and hard-to-reach customers (including rural and tribal communities). Program areas include renewable energy, energy efficiency, and transportation electrification.

A formal charter for the Advisory Group includes the following guiding principles:

  1. Increase the benefits of clean energy programs in disadvantaged communities (e.g. by supporting growth in local employment and small business development, as well as other non-energy benefits including reducing pollutants and health risks). 
  2. Increase access to clean energy technologies for disadvantaged communities. 
  3. Maintain or enhance the affordability of energy service in disadvantaged communities by considering potential rate impacts of any proposed program.
Creation of the Advisory Group fulfills a requirement in Senate Bill (SB) 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015. As defined in SB 350, disadvantaged communities are the census tracts in California that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution. Relative burden is determined by review of data on 20 pollution, health, and socio-economic factors. 



CPUC Issues Financial Stress Test Proposal Related to Utility Wildfires

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today issued a proposal by an Administrative Law Judge that would adopt a methodology for conducting a financial "Stress Test" per Senate Bill 901.

The methodology considers a utility's financial status and determines the maximum amount the company can pay for 2017 catastrophic wildfire costs without harming ratepayers or materially impacting the company's ability to provide adequate and safe service, as required by law. 

A utility that has filed for relief under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code may not access the Stress Test to recover costs in an application under section 451.2(b), because the CPUC cannot determine the corporation's  "financial status," which includes, among other considerations, its capital structure, liquidity needs, and liabilities, as well as its capacity to raise additional debt, cash or resources that are reasonably available to the utility, as required by section 451.2(b).

The first opportunity that the proposal can appear on a CPUC Voting Meeting agenda for a vote by the Commissioners is June 27, 2019.

The proposal is available at http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Efile/G000/M294/K815/294815603.PDF.

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