While state regulators are supporting funds for carbon sequestration feasibility and off-earth solar projects, they are hosting several community based workshops to help consumers lower their energy bills. December 14, 16, and 18, in Oakland, Fresno, and Bakersfield, respectively, the California Public Utilities Commission scheduled public meetings to assist ratepayers. Over the summer, particularly in the Central Valley, consumers raised concerns over ever-increasing bills. The commission scheduled a formal “en banc” hearing December 16 on increasing consumer energy shutoffs due to lack of payment. Pacific Gas & Electric, Sempra, and Southern California Edison have told the financial community this year that they plan on investing over $44 billion in infrastructure over the next few years.