Utility Pole Safety
The CPUC has considered utility pole safety issues in various proceedings. On this page you will find summary information on utility pole safety work.
One of the actions the CPUC has taken is to examine whether the existing stock of utility poles and underground conduits in the state have sufficient space to support ubiquitous, competitive, and affordable telecommunications services, while keeping the pole and conduit infrastructure safe for residents, workers, and the environment. The CPUC is also considering creating a database that will allow stakeholders to share key information about utility poles with each other and the CPUC. Read more in our press release.
Utility Pole Workshop
The CPUC will hold a two-day workshop in its proceeding to consider a convenient, straightforward, and easy way for people to access (potentially, using a portal and/or database) the inventory information of utility poles and conduits in California. Additionally, the workshop will consider how best to complete a statewide pole census, and the possible means for and uses of a shared asset management database, data platform, and/or work-tracking software. Related to these objectives and goal, the workshop will consider the following: 1) the problems that need to be solved; 2) proposed solutions, alternatives and other strategies; 3) implementation; 4) other challenges; and 5) cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness and cost recovery issues. Previously state Use Cases will be presented to initiated dialogue and to collect input and feedback to refine and pair the Data Fields with the Use Cases.
- When: November 15-16, 2018 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Where: CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco; also available via webcast at http://www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc
- Proceeding Documents (I.17-06-027)
- June 29, 2017:CPUC To Examine Utility Pole Safety And Competition; Considers Creation of Pole Database
- June 2017: A Natural History of the Wooden Utility Pole
- May 12, 2016: Safety and Enforcement Division Presentation at Voting Meeting on Utility Pole Safety
- May 12, 2016: Executive Director Sullivan Presentation at Voting Meeting on Utility Pole Safety
- May 9, 2016: Safety and Enforcement Division Petition to Repeal or Amend Rule 18 of the CPUC's General Order (GO) 95, which contains safety regulations for overhead facilities of the investor-owned utilities and communication infrastructure providers so they maintain their overhead facilities to prevent unsafe conditions
- Appendix A
- Appendix B
- May 26, 2016: CPUC Fire Map Depicts Areas of Elevated Hazards in State; First Step in Creation of Tools to Help Manage Resources