California Public Utilities Commission Practitioner’s Page


Practice before the Commission is governed by the Public Utilities Code, the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, specific Commission orders, and customs and practices developed over time to facilitate the efficient resolution of procedural matters that come up in the course of a proceeding. This page is designed to put useful information for both new and veteran practitioners in one place for easy access. If you find information here that you believe to be out of date or think of a topic on which a FAQ or Custom and Practice sheet would be helpful, please contact practitioners@cpuc.ca.gov. We value your feedback.

PRACTITIONER ALERT (April 30, 2021)
AMENDED RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE TAKE EFFECT MAY 1, 2021
 
Many of the Rules of Practice and Procedure (California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Division 1, Chapter 1) have been amended, effective May 1, 2021.  See Resolutions ALJ-381 and ALJ-398. Some highlights are listed below.

  • Certificate of Service:  It is no longer necessary to attach a certificate of service to the email when serving a document by email.  (Rule 1.10(c))
  • Public Comment:  New Rule 1.18 implements Pub. Util. Code §1701.1(g) regarding the submission of and response to written public comments in Commission proceedings.
  • Expedited Schedule:  Applicants may request an expedited schedule pursuant to which a proposed decision shall be issued within approximately 12 months if circumstances present a threat to public safety or the need to resolve a financial matter expeditiously to avoid ratepayer harm.  (Rule 2.9)
  • Settlements:  Motions for approval of settlements must disclose any separate agreements between the settling parties that relate to issues in the proposed settlement but are not disclosed in the settlement.  (Rule 12.1)
  • Duty to Meet and Confer:  Unless ordered otherwise, parties must meet and confer within 10 days of the service of rebuttal testimony to consider the possibility of narrowing or settling the issues in a proceeding. (Rule 13.9)
  • Comment on Draft Resolution:  The time for comment on a draft resolution is 20 days from mailing and its publication on the Commission website (no longer from its notice in the Daily Calendar).  (Rule 14.5)

 

PRACTITIONER ALERT (April 15, 2021)
RECEIVING ELECTRONIC SERVICE FROM THE COMMISSION
 

Parties and other persons on Commission service lists are advised that it is the responsibility of each person or entity on the service list for CPUC proceedings to ensure their ability to receive emails from the Commission.

Please add “@cpuc.ca.gov” to your email safe sender list and update your email screening practices, settings and filters to ensure receipt of emails from the Commission.

If you have any questions, please contact Practitioners@cpuc.ca.gov for guidance.

 

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