State and Federal Meeting Updates during Covid-19 Pandemic

16 Mar 2020

Updated Friday. Changes in italics.

The following are the latest changes to previously scheduled meetings, in accordance with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order limiting the number of people at gatherings, and local agency dictates.

The California Public Utilities Commission cancelled all its public hearings on increasing electric rates pursuant to Phase One of Southern California Edison’s General Rate Case scheduled for March 17 through April 22.

CPUC staff have been given the option of telecommuting, spokesperson Terrie Prosper said Monday morning.

The California Senate and Assembly have adjourned until April 13.

The Senate Energy Utilities & Communications Committee March 17 hearing was cancelled. Key bills on the agenda included:

  • SB 947 by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) to require the CPUC to evaluate aligning utility investments, ratemaking, expenses and operations with financial performance-based incentives and performance metrics.
  • SB 801 by Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) to mandate that utilities deploy backup generation or provide financial aid for backup power to customers with recognized medical needs.
  • SB 895 by Sen. Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Riviera) to require the California Energy Commission to provide technical assistance on the development of zero-emission fuels.

The Assembly Utilities & Energy Committee postponed its March 18 hearing.

The California Energy Commission cancelled its March 18 IEPR Committee hearing on the status of the hydrogen market. It also postponed its day long EPIC Symposium set for April 1.

The California Independent System Operator cancelled all of its in-person meetings through May 1, as noted in Current’s story from last week.

The California Air Resources Board cancelled its April 8 Low Carbon Fuel Standard public workshop. Earlier, it called off its March 16 meeting in Los Angeles on emissions reductions in East Los Angeles and West Commerce.The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has not yet decided whether to hold its March 24 business meeting. It is following the LA Mayor’s directive to limit the size of in-person meetings.

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District cancelled its March 19 board meeting and all its committee meetings scheduled for April 7, 8, 14 and 15.

East Bay Community Energy on Tuesday cancelled its March 18 monthly meeting in response to Alameda County’s order for residents to stay at home. Instead, it is to hold a special meeting. It will not include discussion nor public comments on the nuclear power option from Pacific Gas & Electric’s Diablo Canyon.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cancelled its March 18 monthly business meeting.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California switched its scheduled courtroom hearings in downtown San Francisco on the PG&E Chapter 11 proceeding to telephonic hearings.

Neither the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Natural Resources Committee nor the House Energy and Commerce Committee are meeting this week.

The U.S. Supreme Court cancelled oral arguments set for March 23-April 1. “The Court will examine the options for rescheduling those cases in due course in light of the developing circumstances,” it stated March 16.

Elizabeth McCarthy

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