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- California PUC proposes guidelines for ‘last resort’ de-energizations as wildfire season looms
California PUC proposes guidelines for ‘last resort’ de-energizations as wildfire season looms
- California regulators have proposed guidelines for how investor-owned electric utilities (IOUs) should notify customers in the event power lines must be de-energized, including development of a statewide education campaign about the Public Safety Power Shut-offs (PSPS) which are designed to reduce the risk of equipment sparking a wildfire.
- The California Public Utilities Commission issued the proposed decision Friday, also laying out regulators’ “overarching de-energization strategy.” A key tenet is the idea that IOUs may deploy de-energization only “as a measure of last resort.”
- The CPUC is rushing to approve utilities’ wildfire mitigation plans as they prepare for the next high-risk season, which typically begins in mid-summer. Regulators are aiming to have plans approved by May, giving utilities some time for implementation.