California Public Utilities Commission

Changes are underway at the California Public Utilities Commission, the agency that regulates electricity, natural gas and other utility services. Given the current uncertainty and already complex regulatory scheme, it is increasingly important to stay current on developments and advocate proactively before the Commission.
 
A Reputation for Excellence
As a leading law firm with decades of experience advising public and private sector clients on utilities regulation matters, Best Best & Krieger LLP has an established reputation for excellence and goodwill both in the industry and with the CPUC.
 
Combining technical knowledge and an understanding of how the various players operate, we craft cost-effective, viable solutions that address the competing interests of all involved.
 
Comprehensive Service
BB&K lawyers regularly represent ratepayers and other stakeholders before the CPUC regarding water, solar power, natural gas, electric and telecommunications industry regulation. We provide a multitude of legal services, including:

  • Counsel, advise and advocate on utility rates, services and operations
  • Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity compliance
  • CPUC proceedings, including rate setting, formal complaints, investigations, rulemaking and policy matters
  • Coordination with CPUC’s consumer advocate divisions
  • Organizing joint participation in proceedings with other stakeholders to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome while sharing costs
  • Reporting on legal developments and industry trends
  • Utility relocations, including undergrounding actions
  • Resource planning, transmission issues, climate change matters and cost-cutting through conservation efforts


Notably, we advocate before the CPUC, litigate and deliberate policy and regulatory matters before administrative law judges, and resolve dispute through mediation, arbitration and negotiated settlement.
 
Cutting-Edge Advice
We stay current on regulatory developments, advising on the new energy storage rules, tax benefits and incentives.

  • Intervened on behalf of city clients in rate cases, saving ratepayers millions of dollars by limiting rate increases and unnecessary capital expenditures.
  • Advocated for clients to resolve right-of-way issues related to transmission and distribution projects.
  • Intervened in Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity proceedings to ensure adequate environmental compliance.
  • Secured millions of dollars in refunds to ratepayers by forcing audits of a water utility.
  • Saved ratepayers millions by initiating and creating developer fee programs to provide capital facilities.
  • Represented a coalition of water districts and the San Diego County Superintendent of Schools; successfully defeated a controversial SDG&E shut-off plan.
  • Intervened on behalf of a joint power authority to obtain rate changes to protect ratepayers from excessive air-conditioning charges.
Jason M. Ackerman

Jason M. Ackerman

Partner

(951) 826-8428

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | California Public Utilities Commission | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Gail A. Karish

Gail A. Karish

Partner

(213) 617-7491

Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal | Public Safety | Public-Private Partnerships | Telecommunications
Kendall H. MacVey

Kendall H. MacVey

Partner

(951) 826-8226

Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Joshua Nelson

Joshua Nelson

Partner

(916) 551-2859

Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Public Safety
Harriet A. Steiner

Harriet A. Steiner

Partner

(916) 551-2821

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Telecommunications

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