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League Comments on New Wildfire Mitigation Plans and Urges Cities to Submit Specific Impacts

December 3, 2018
The League recently submitted comments to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding CPUC’s new rulemaking that will require investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to develop wildfire mitigation plans. 
 
This new utility requirement is a result of League-supported SB 901 (Dodd), which requires utilities to develop new wildfire mitigation plans and submit those plans to the CPUC for review and approval. The CPUC has begun rulemaking to provide guidance to utilities and a process for reviewing the plans now and in future years. 
Wildfire mitigation plans are expected to have direct effects to local governments including, receipt of notifications, recloser and deenergizing protocols, plans for restoring service, and vegetation management. The League requests that IOUs coordinate with local agencies in their service area when developing these plans as protocols for deenergizing utility lines directly impacts residents, businesses and city operations.

The League is urging cities to submit comments to the CPUC, if they have not already done so. Stakeholder input from cities will assist in determining the scope of the proceeding, provide guidance to the electric utilities on what plans should contain, and will be integral to the review of final plans. Cities are encouraged to include specific information regarding the impacts this plan could have on their jurisdiction. 

Cities can submit comments to the CPUC by Dec. 15 by email to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov. Please send the League a copy of your letter via email to cityletters@cacities.org.

Additionally, if a city would like to become a party to the CPUC’s wildfire mitigation plan proceedings, or find more information, please visit the CPUC’s website.


 
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