Safety Policy Division

Rachel Peterson, Acting Director

The Safety Policy Division (SPD) is currently led by Acting Director Rachel Peterson.

SPD provides advisory support to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on matters of utility safety policies. Safety is a high priority and SPD’s advice is used to enhance the CPUC’s policymaking capabilities. SPD’s focus includes safety-related policy development, analysis, and implementation of regulations by the CPUC affecting electric, gas, telecommunications, water, and transportation utilities.

Immediate and Long-Term Activity

SPD’s efforts include working with counterparts in Safety & Enforcement Division (SED), Wildfire Safety Division (WSD), and other divisions within the CPUC to analyze, develop, and recommend safety policy as part of the CPUC’s regulation of utilities.

SPD is presently addressing urgent safety policy matters that face California, which include:

Long-term plans include developing and recommending safety policy within several ongoing CPUC proceedings:

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