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Safety Certifications

Energy Safety reviews for issuance electrical corporations requests for safety certification.

On July 12, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1054 (Holden). AB 1054, among other actions, provides for a Wildfire Fund, which electrical corporations may access upon meeting specified requirements. Electrical corporations must opt into the fund, make financial commitments, and may seek a safety certification.

A safety certification allows an electrical corporation to recover catastrophic wildfire costs from its ratepayers, or from the Wildfire Insurance Fund, if applicable, using a burden of proof test that is easier to satisfy than would be the case if it did not have a safety certification. To obtain a safety certification, the electrical corporation must satisfy the conditions of Public Utilities Code Section 8389 (e)(1-7).