Energy Safety and CPUC to Hold Public Briefings on Utility Safety Practices

Four electrical corporations will make presentations, field questions from regulators


SAN FRANCISCO – The Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety (Energy Safety) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold two public safety briefings (also virtual) in July by four of California’s investor-owned utilities. On Thurs., July 6 and Thurs., July 20, both from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the briefings will feature presentations from representatives of California’s utilities on each of their safety practices, safety performance, and related safety efforts.

The July 6 briefing will include presentations from Bear Valley Electric Service (BVES) and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). The July 20 briefing will include presentations from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE).

Members of the boards of directors and senior leadership from each of the presenting electrical corporations will discuss their company’s electrical infrastructure safety efforts. Energy Safety Director Caroline Thomas Jacobs and CPUC’s Commissioners will ask questions of the presenters. Public comment will be taken following the presentations and the question-and-answer session.

Energy Safety and the CPUC’s third annual joint safety briefings reinforce the commitment each organization has made to safety and transparency. While a quorum of CPUC Commissioners and their staff may attend these public forums, no official action will be taken by the CPUC at these briefings.

The briefings satisfy the requirement for board-of-director-level reporting under Public Utilities Code section 8389(e)(5)1 in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a safety certification.

How to Participate:

Note that public comments can only be made via in-person participation or phone.

In person: CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102.

To join the live webcast via Webex with English or Spanish captions, click here. Those participating via webcast will have audio and video capabilities but cannot make verbal comments. To enable captions, click the name of the meeting, then click the green button below the video for captions, then select captions by clicking on the white icon next to the word “live” at the bottom of the video. Note that the webcast will be recorded and publicly archived for future viewing.

To join by telephone, dial: for English 1-800-857-1917, passcode: 1767567#; for Spanish: 1-800-857-1917, passcode: 3799627#. Those participating via phone will have audio in English or Spanish and will be able to make comments. To make a comment during the public comment period, press *1 (star one) when you wish to speak to be placed in a queue by the operator. Participants will be placed on mute in “listen-only” mode until the public comment portion of the meeting. Wait times depend on the number of speakers in the public comment queue. During times of high call volumes, wait times will be longer. The operator will call on you when it is your turn to speak.

For more information about these forums: contact Carolina Contreras at

If reasonable modifications or accommodations are needed, including from individuals with disabilities or those who require non-English or sign language interpreters, please contact the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office at or toll-free at 866-849-8390 at least three business days in advance of the forum where reasonable modifications or accommodations are needed.

The meeting agenda and additional information will be found closer to the meeting date on both the Energy Safety website and the CPUC’s Safety Culture and Governance web page.

The most updated information related to the briefings, including any materials and agenda, will be posted on