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.
Areas of Focus: Air Quality | Renewable Energy | Special Districts | Water Quality
Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Renewable Energy | Transportation | Water
Areas of Focus: Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Public-Private Partnerships | Real Estate | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: Business | California Public Utilities Commission | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Mergers & Acquisitions
Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Public-Private Partnerships | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Renewable Energy | Transportation
BB&K In the News Dec 03, 2020

BB&K Partner Ryan Baron Advising Calif. Cities on CCA Energy Path

Orange County Cities Seeking Guidance, According to News Reports

Press Releases Jan 02, 2020

Eight BB&K Attorneys Promoted to Partner

Additional Changes at Firm Reflect Growth, Diversification

Legal Alerts Oct 28, 2019

Gov. Newsom Pledges $75 Million in Funds for State and Local Governments to Mitigate Power Shutoff Impacts

City Proposals for Funding Due Nov. 4

Legal Alerts Jan 14, 2019

CPUC Proceedings of Note: PG&E Restructuring, Undergrounding and Wildfire Mitigation

Public Agencies Will Be Impacted by Various Actions

Legal Alerts Jan 09, 2019

New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part I

2019 Brings Changes to Election, Revenue, Conflict of Interest, Property and Public Safety Laws… and More

Legal Alerts Dec 04, 2017

CPUC Reopens TOU Grandfathering Grace Period Eligibility

Public Agencies Must Submit Application by Dec. 31

Event Nov 28, 2017

ACWA Legal Affairs Committee CLE Workshop

Association of California Water Agencies

Event Oct 19, 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

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

Legal Alerts Jan 06, 2016

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

Extended Deadlines Provide Greater Certainty for Projects

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

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