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 | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Telecommunications
Harriet A. Steiner

Harriet A. Steiner

Partner

(916) 551-2821

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Telecommunications
Event Oct 19-22, 2017

26th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite

State Bar of California Environmental Law Section

Event Sep 22, 2017

CUPCCAA: Public Works Simplified

California Association of School Business Officials

Event Jul 17, 2017

The Wooden Pole – Your Most High-Tech Infrastructure

NARUC Summer Policy Summit

Event May 24, 2017

Local Permitting Issues in Wireless Telecommunications, Including SB 649

SANBAG Planning and Development Technical Forum

CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way
Legal Alerts Apr 19, 2017

CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way

Local Governments Should Respond by May 3

Event Oct 17, 2016

Right of Way Control & Compensation

eNATOA Webinar

2016 Will Be a Happy New Year for Renewable Energy Tax Credits
Legal Alerts Jan 6, 2016

2016 Will Be a Happy New Year for Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Extended Deadlines Provide Greater Certainty for Projects

California’s Solar Energy-Friendly Policy Survives... For Now
Legal Alerts Dec 22, 2015

California’s Solar Energy-Friendly Policy Survives... For Now

CPUC Will Take Comments on a Proposed Decision on Net Energy Metering Tariff

Power Costs for San Diego Public Schools Under Investigation
BB&K In the News Jul 16, 2015

Power Costs for San Diego Public Schools Under Investigation

Representing a Coalition of School Districts Fighting a Possible Power Rate Hike, BB&K Attorney Josh Nelson Was Interviewed by the San Diego Union-Tribune

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing
Legal Alerts Dec 5, 2014

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

Application Submission Scheduled for Mid-December Through Mid-January

Client Successes Nov 13, 2013

BB&K Successfully Defends CEQA Challenge to City of Riverside Power Project

Attorneys Michelle Ouellette, Charity Schiller and Alisha Winterswyk garner victory in California

Key Contacts

Connected Industries

Related Practices

Our Perspective