The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) holds Public Forums (also called Public Participation Hearings or PPHs) to give the public a chance to learn about and express their opinions on issues before the CPUC. Each Public Forum is about a specific issue that is pending resolution at the CPUC, such as a utility’s request to change the rates that customers pay. 

  • Public Forums are free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary to attend, but you must sign up when you arrive if you wish to speak. 
  • Public Forums are led by a CPUC Administrative Law Judge, and CPUC Commissioners may also attend.
  • To ensure that consumers directly affected by a proceeding get a chance to express their views, the CPUC holds Public Forums in the area where a utility’s customers live to get their input, or may hold public webinars.

See information on upcoming PPHs and other events below.

Upcoming Public Forums (Public Participation Hearings) and Other Events

Please check the calendar for any other upcoming events. 



information about participating

Can My Participation Make a Difference in a Decision?

Yes! The CPUC wants to hear from the public. Public comments are taken into consideration by the Commissioners and Administrative Law Judge in their decision-making. 

  • Public comment may raise issues and concerns that influence how a project or issue is analyzed and what decision gets made. 
  • Even if you don’t plan to comment, attending a Public Forum provides an opportunity to learn about topics that are pending at the CPUC and hear the positions of others. 

Tips for Attending and Speaking at a Public Forum

At the beginning of a Public Forum, an Administrative Law Judge provides an overview of the CPUC process and the issue to be discussed. There may also be a presentation to the audience about the utility’s proposal. From there, most of the meeting is reserved for the public to provide comments and share their perspective about the issue. 

If you wish to speak, please keep the following in mind:

  • Elected officials attending a Public Forum are usually allowed to speak first. 
  • We recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign up to speak. 
  • Speakers need to be present to sign up to speak. You cannot sign up others or yield your time to someone else. 
  • If many people sign up to speak, the Administrative Law Judge may set a time limit in order to allow everyone a chance to speak. 
  • There will be a CPUC court reporter present to record your comments for the record. 
  • Attendees are expected to be respectful of others’ opinions. 
  • If you have written your speech, you may bring a copy for the Administrative Law Judge and one for the court reporter. 
  • Often, the Administrative Law Judge will not be able to answer questions at the Public Forum because of legal reasons. They may refer you to a utility representative or CPUC staff. 
  • For safety purposes, signs of any size that are mounted on sticks are not allowed in any room where a Public Forum, hearing, or workshop is taking place; neither are signs larger than 8.5 by 11 inches, whether mounted or not.

If I Can’t Participate in Person, Can I Still Make a Comment?

Yes! If you can’t attend a Public Forum in person, you can still make comments:

Use the Docket Card where you can also read the comments of others. 

Contact the Public Advisor’s Office:

Call: 866-849-8390 or 415-703-2074  TTY 866-836-7825
Write: CPUC Public Advisor’s Office, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102

Language interpretation is available

The CPUC can provide language interpreters and/or American Sign Language interpreters at a CPUC event. Please send a request to the Public Advisor’s Office at least three business days before the event. The CPUC will provide these services at no-cost.

To see more CPUC events, check out our calendar.

To see a list of prior public participation hearings, check out this page.

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