How to Follow Regulatory activities
The programs adopted by the California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have a tremendous impact how whether Californians have clean energy sources. This page from the CEC describes the roles for each agency. http://www.energy.ca.gov/distgen/policy/regulatory_activity.html
The CPUC is a quasi-judicial agency - and it uses legal jargon to describe its activities. To officially participate in a CPUC proceeding participants much file to become an "intervenor." There are specific rules and formats for intervenors to file comments and to participate in a proceeding. Most intervenors require a lawyer's service to effectively participate in a proceeding, and in some cases intervenors who represent the public interest can be reimbursed by the CPUC for their expenses.
The public has 30 days to comment on proposed decisions before they are formally adopted. After the main comment period intervenors have seven days to submit reply comments, before a final proposed decision is made.
Here are some starting places for how to track and participate in agency deliberations:
Consumer's Guide to the CPUC: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/word_pdf/REPORT/42839.pdf
Guide to participating in Commission Meetings:
CPUC FAQ website: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/cfaqs/
Consumer Information Line 800-649-7570
San Francisco CPUC office - General Information Line 415-703-2782
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