Last updated on: 7/31/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

California Public Utilities Commission Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“The PUC is committed to the environment and the use of renewable power. California has the most ambitious renewable goals in the country.

  • In the Energy Action Plan, the Commission set a goal of requiring the utilities to obtain 20 percent of their power from renewables sources by 2010 (Senate Bill 107 codified this goal in state law).
  • Utilities are making progress toward attaining this target and the PUC is now identifying the steps necessary to meet even higher goals beyond 2010, such as the governor’s goal of 33 percent of electricity sales by 2020.”

“PUC’s Energy Leadership,” www.cpuc.ca.gov (accessed July 2, 2009)

Description:

“The CPUC regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies, in addition to authorizing video franchises. Our five Governor-appointed Commissioners, as well as our staff, are dedicated to ensuring that consumers have safe, reliable utility service at reasonable rates, protecting against fraud, and promoting the health of California’s economy.

The CPUC plays a key role in making California a national and international leader on a number of clean energy related initiatives and policies designed to benefit consumers, the environment, and the economy. The CPUC is also at the forefront of communications issues and has developed a Consumer Protection Initiative to empower consumers and prevent fraud in the rapidly changing telecommunications industry.

On this website you’ll find information about these initiatives and the many other efforts underway at the CPUC.”

“About Us,” www.cpuc.ca.gov (accessed July 2, 2009)

Mission:

“The California Public Utilities Commission serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates, with a commitment to environmental enhancement and a healthy California economy. We regulate utility services, stimulate innovation, and promote competitive markets, where possible, in the communications, energy, transportation, and water industries.”

“CPUC Mission,” www.cpuc.ca.gov (accessed July 2, 2009)

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