On this page you will find information about the CPUC's continual efforts to identify ways to help reduce the likelihood of utility involvement in wildfires, and to help protect consumers. 

Wildfire Fund and Safety Certificates

On July 12, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1054 (Holden). AB 1054, among other actions, provides for a Wildfire Fund, which electrical corporations may access upon meeting specified requirements. Electrical corporations must opt into the fund, make financial commitments, and may seek a safety certification. Read more.

CPUC Wildfire Safety Division Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Criteria for Safety Evaluators

Utility Wildfire Mitigation Plans

On Oct. 25, 2018, the CPUC acted to further protect the state from wildfires related to electric facilities by setting the framework to provide guidance on initial utility wildfire mitigation plans, and inviting the input of all stakeholders in guiding its approach. Read more.

Fast Trip Settings

The IOUs currently utilize a sensor technology that can identify disturbances on energized distribution power lines and rapidly deenergize them to avoid wildfire ignition risk.

Recently, PG&E adjusted the sensitivity of its existing sensors to address the heightened wildfire risk caused by the state’s extreme drought conditions and dry vegetation. More about PG&E’s “fast trip” setting adjustments can be found here.

Read President Marybel Batjer’s October 25, 2021 letter to PG&E President Patricia K. Poppe regarding PG&E’s deployment of fast trip settings here.

Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) and De-Energization

Investor-owned utilities have the authority to shut off the electric power to protect public safety under California law. Utilities do this during severe wildfire threat conditions as a preventative measure of last resort through PSPS’s. On Dec. 13, 2018, we opened a new Rulemaking (R.18-12-005) to examine utilities' PSPS processes. Learn more about De-Energization.

Rulemaking on Criteria and Methodology for Wildfire Cost Recovery

The CPUC's R.19-01-006 is an Order Instituting Rulemaking to Implement Public Utilities Code Section 451.2 Regarding Criteria and Methodology for Wildfire Cost Recovery Pursuant to Senate Bill 901 (2018).

Investigation into October 2019 PSPS Events

On Nov. 13, 2019, we opened an investigation (I.19-11-013) to examine recent PSPS events and make sure utilities are held accountable for their actions during these events.

Rulemaking About the Emergency Disaster Relief Program

The CPUC established R.18-03-011 to adopt an emergency disaster relief program for entities under its jurisdiction. 


CPUC and Utility Electric Safety Reports

Visit de-energization reports

Other Information

Fire and Utility Pole News


For more information, please contact

News and Outreach Office
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 703-1366