In a busy meeting, the California Public Utilities Commission took action on a number of energy matters in addition to its major moves to replace funding for the expiring public goods charge-funded programs. Chief among the other actions were to set demand response programs on an equal footing with new generation when it comes to utility resource adequacy standards, allow restoration of full gas pressure at Pacific Gas & Electric\u2019s big Topock Compressor Station along the Colorado River, and carve out funding for installing solar hot water heating systems on low-income residences. In acting on demand response, the commission said that to qualify for local resource adequacy credit load-shedding programs have to be capable of being dispatched locally starting in 2013, with the exception of dynamic pricing programs. In its decision, the commission also stopped short of issuing a binding rule on backup generators. Instead, it issued a policy statement saying that use of backup diesel generators during times of peak demand should not qualify for resource adequacy credit. Regulators indicated they would consider a binding rule to that effect in the future after tracking usage of backup generation. The action on demand response came after the commission delayed consideration at its Sept. 22 meeting (Current, Sept. 23, 2011). In a separate decision, the commission gave PG&E the okay to increase pressure at Topock to 660 pounds\/square inch gage. The commission limited pressure there to 528 psig earlier this year after a pressure surge and in the wake of the utility\u2019s gas line explosion in San Bruno last year. The pressure increase is needed to assure an adequate gas supply in the coming winter heating season, according to PG&E (Current, Sept. 23, 2011). Finally, regulators allocated $25 million for utilities to pay incentives for installing solar hot water heating systems on low-income housing under the $250 million California Solar Initiative thermal program. The commission again deferred acting on new safety rules designed to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires. Action now is expected Nov. 10. Regulators held the fire safety rules when they met Sept. 22 until the Oct. 5 meeting and now are holding them again. The proposed rules are in response to tragic wildfires in San Diego County in 2007 ignited by power lines.