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California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Davis Wright Tremaine attorneys are highly respected practitioners before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which is one of the most active state utility commissions in the country. This multidisciplinary practice thoroughly understands both the regional and industrywide issues affecting communications and energy services.

Our San Francisco-based team includes attorneys with more than 20 years of experience practicing before the CPUC, as well as former advisors to Commissioners and a former administrative law judge. In addition a number of our attorneys serve in leadership positions within the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel (CCPUC). These attorneys are effective because they have intimate knowledge of the public utility regulations and long-standing relationships with the regulators. This two-pronged approach is critical given the complexity and constantly evolving nature of public utility regulation.

Our firm represents clients across the full range of CPUC proceedings and related issues, including:

  • Market entry and exit, certifications and tariffs
  • Policy and rulemakings
  • Enforcement, audit and complaint matters
  • Interconnection agreements and arbitrations

Communications carriers face an array of nuanced regulatory issues in California, including those related to consumer protection, numbering, pole attachment, rights of ways, transfers of control, certification and interconnection. Our telecommunications attorneys focus their practices on these issues, and counsel clients daily on the latest CPUC developments. Our clients include competitive local exchange carriers, wireless carriers and numerous other entities.

Our energy attorneys maintain an ongoing presence at the CPUC and have participated in virtually every major electric and gas proceeding since the early 1980s. Among our diverse clients are competitive energy providers, non-utility generators, large industrial energy consumers utilities, municipalities, pipelines, industry associations and coalitions, and numerous other entities. We provide representation in rate cases, resource planning, transmission and climate change proceedings. Since the enactment of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), our firm has taken a leading role in providing counsel on eligibility rules, power purchase agreements and program compliance.

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