California regulators in late January proposed additional guidelines for public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) and separately accused Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) of “serious deficiencies” in its reports.
A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) administrative law judge (ALJ) proposed more guidelines to shorten the restoration time and expand collaboration to execute a PSPS.
The ALJ proposed that power to impacted PSPS areas be restored within 24 hours. Regional coordination also is proposed with telecommunications and transportation authorities.
Meanwhile, CPUC President Marybel Batjer lambasted PG&E and said the utility's post-PSPS reports filed last year were incomplete.
CPUC would require in reports to be filed within 15 days “a detailed plan that describes PG&E’s current capabilities, planned improvements, and anticipated challenges/concerns regarding anticipated PSPS events.”
PG&E also would be required to establish working groups within 30 days between tribal and local governments across the service territory. Within 45 days, it would have to update PSPS operating protocols.
“The CPUC has taken a number of steps to hold utilities accountable for PSPS events and minimize the impacts of future PSPS events,” Batjer said.