A bill now pending before the California Legislature (SB 1161 [Padilla])  would prohibit, subject to certain exceptions and, for now, only until 2020, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and other state and local agencies from regulating VoIP and other IP-enabled services. At the time of this posting, the bill has passed the Senate and is now making its way through the Assembly. Proponents of the bill contend that it is intended merely to preserve the regulatory status quo. Opponents do not claim otherwise, but express concern that while the CPUC has not previously determined it necessary to regulate this segment of the telecommunications industry, the CPUC’s ability to do so should be preserved, lest, among other things, a marketplace failure or other circumstance requires swift remedial action to protect consumer interests. Read more →

On May 24, 2012 the California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved an order clarifying the calculation of the statutory limit on Net Energy Metering. This popular program allows customers’ meters to run backwards, earning them a full rate credit when their rooftop solar installations generate more energy than the customers use on site. Read more →

On November 10, 2011, by a vote of 4-1 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the Power Purchase Agreement for the Mojave Solar Project, owned by Abengoa Solar, a Spanish corporation with significant energy holdings on three continents. Read more →