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DIVISION 1. REGULATION OF PUBLIC UTILITIES [201 - 3297]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

PART 1. PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT [201 - 2120]

  ( Part 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

CHAPTER 3. Rights and Obligations of Public Utilities [451 - 651]

  ( Chapter 3 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

ARTICLE 5. Reports to the Commission [581 - 591]
  ( Heading of Article 5 amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 15. )

581.
  

Every public utility shall furnish to the commission in such form and detail as the commission prescribes all tabulations, computations, and all other information required by it to carry into effect any of the provisions of this part, and shall make specific answers to all questions submitted by the commission.

Every public utility receiving from the commission any blanks with directions to fill them shall answer fully and correctly each question propounded therein, and if it is unable to answer any question, it shall give a good and sufficient reason for such failure.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

582.
  

Whenever required by the commission, every public utility shall deliver to the commission copies of any or all maps, profiles, contracts, agreements, franchises, reports, books, accounts, papers, and records in its possession or in any way relating to its property or affecting its business, and also a complete inventory of all its property in such form as the commission may direct.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

583.
  

No information furnished to the commission by a public utility, or any business which is a subsidiary or affiliate of a public utility, or a corporation which holds a controlling interest in a public utility, except those matters specifically required to be open to public inspection by this part, shall be open to public inspection or made public except on order of the commission, or by the commission or a commissioner in the course of a hearing or proceeding. Any present or former officer or employee of the commission who divulges any such information is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 814, Sec. 1.)

584.
  

Every public utility shall furnish such reports to the commission at such time and in such form as the commission may require in which the utility shall specifically answer all questions propounded by the commission. The commission may require any public utility to file monthly reports of earnings and expenses, and to file periodical or special reports, or both, concerning any matter about which the commission is authorized by any law to inquire or to keep itself informed, or which it is required to enforce. All reports shall be under oath when required by the commission.

(Amended by Stats. 1978, Ch. 278.)

585.
  

(a) Except as provided in subdivision (d), every public utility and business specified in subdivision (b) shall in any rate proceeding or proceeding establishing a fact or rule that may influence a rate, provide the commission with access to all computer models, as defined in Section 1821, which are used by that public utility or business to substantiate their showing in the proceeding.

(b) The commission shall, by rule or order, with full opportunity for participation by utilities and other affected parties, establish procedures and safeguards governing its access to, and monitoring, verification, and use of, computer models of every public utility and of any business which is a commission regulated subsidiary or affiliate of a public utility with respect to any rate proceeding or proceeding establishing a fact or rule that may influence a rate. The time, place, and manner of commission access shall, to the extent practicable, be the subject of mutual agreement between the commission and the affected utility, and the parties shall make every good faith effort to reach agreement. If an agreement is reached, it shall include, but is not limited to, provisions to reasonably assure the legitimate needs for security of the public utilities’ computer resources. These provisions shall provide for the confidentiality of records, the protection of proprietary information, and the protection of the reasonable expectation of customers of public utilities in the privacy of customer-specific records maintained by the utility. If no agreement is reached, any order issued by the commission requiring computer access shall include, but is not limited to, provisions providing for the security of the utility’s data bases, confidentiality of records, protection of proprietary information, and the privacy of customer-specific records maintained by the utility. The commission shall convene a proceeding to adopt these rules as soon as possible after the operative date of the act adding this section to the code.

(c) This section shall not expand or limit any powers of the commission to prescribe the manner of keeping books, records, and systems of accounts of public utilities and to investigate any of these books, records, systems of accounts, or memoranda under existing law, or any other power of the commission under existing law. Any utility may object to a rule or order of the commission concerning the access prescribed herein under the rules of procedure of the commission consistent with existing law.

(d) This section does not apply to common carriers.

(Added by Stats. 1985, Ch. 1297, Sec. 2.)

587.
  

Every water corporation with more than 2,000 service connections, and every electrical, gas, and telephone corporation shall annually prepare and submit to the commission a report describing all significant transactions, as specified by the commission, between the corporation and every subsidiary or affiliate of, or corporation holding a controlling interest in, the water, electrical, gas, or telephone corporation. The report shall identify the nature of the transactions and the terms and conditions applying to them, including, but not limited to, the basis upon which cost allocations and transfer pricing were established for the transactions.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 224, Sec. 3. (SB 1364) Effective January 1, 2013.)

588.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any regulation, tariff, opinion, or interim opinion of the Public Utilities Commission, or any other provision of law, an inspector or investigator, as defined in Section 830.1 of the Penal Code, who is employed in the office of a district attorney may request and shall receive from telephone, gas, and electric public utilities customer information limited to the full name, date of birth, social security number, address, prior address, forwarding address, place of employment, and date of service instituted, terminated, or suspended by, utility customers to the extent the information is stored within the utility records and computer data bases. However, in no case shall information be released disclosing customer usage of the services provided by the utility without a court order or subpoena.

(b) In order to protect the privacy interest of utility customers, a request to a public utility for customer information pursuant to this section shall meet the following requirements:

(1) The requested information is relevant and material to an investigation pursuant to Sections 3130, 3131, 3132, 3133, and 3134 of the Family Code concerning the kidnapping, abduction, concealment, detention, or retention of a minor child and that the inspector or investigator requesting the information has a reasonable, good faith belief that the utility customer information is needed to assist the inspector or investigator in the location or recovery of a minor child or abductor, coconspirator or aider and abettor of the continuing crime of child abduction or concealment.

(2) Only inspectors and investigators as defined in Section 830.1 of the Penal Code, who are employed in the office of a district attorney whose names have been submitted to the utility in writing by a district attorney’s office, may request and receive customer and customer service information pursuant to this section. Each district attorney’s office shall ensure that each public utility has at all times a current list of the names of inspectors and investigators authorized to request and receive customer and customer service information. Each district attorney’s office shall immediately notify the utility in writing and withdraw the names of inspectors and investigators from the authorized list who no longer have a need for the access.

(3) This section does not authorize inspectors and investigators to obtain any utility customer information, other than that authorized by this section, without proper service of process as required by law.

(4) The district attorney’s office requesting and receiving utility information shall ensure its confidentiality. At no time shall any information obtained pursuant to this section be disclosed or used for any purpose other than to assist in the location or recovery of a person or persons specified in paragraph (1).

(5) The inspector or investigator requesting utility information authorized for release by this section shall make a record on a form created and maintained by the district attorney’s office, which shall include the name of the utility customer about whom the inquiry was made, the name of the inspector or investigator making the inquiry, the date of inquiry, the name of the utility, the utility employee to whom the request was made, and the information that was requested and received.

(6) The inspector or investigator requesting information pursuant to this section shall prepare and sign, under penalty of perjury, a written affidavit of probable cause, which shall be contained on a form created by the Attorney General’s office in consultation with telephone, gas, and electric utilities. The form shall be retained by the utility for a period of one year and shall contain a statement of all the facts known to the inspector or investigator that support the existence of all of the requirements of this section. The affidavit shall also contain a statement of exigent circumstances, explaining why the inspector or investigator could not seek and obtain a search warrant, court order, or other court process for the production of the information sought.

(c) No public utility, or official or employee thereof, shall be subject to criminal or civil liability for the release of customer information in reasonable reliance on an affidavit appearing on its face to be valid, and which was submitted by a person whose name appears on the current authorization list, as required in paragraph (2) of subdivision (b). However, any person who willfully violates any provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor, pursuant to Section 2112.5.

(d) The utility receiving the request for customer information may charge the requesting district attorney’s office a reasonable fee for the search and release of the requested information and for the storage of the required forms.

(Added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 112, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1995.)

589.
  

(a) In an existing or new proceeding, the commission shall require the electrical and gas corporations to cooperate in establishing a single Internet Web site available to the public that provides up-to-date information, updated no less frequently than once every 30 days, regarding ratepayer-funded energy efficiency assistance programs that, to the extent the information is available, in an aggregate format that would not provide identifying information about individual customers of the electrical and gas corporations, include all of the following:

(1) The types of energy efficiency measures installed.

(2) The ZIP Code location of each customer receiving ratepayer-funded energy efficiency assistance.

(3) The amount of funds expended at each ZIP Code location.

(4) The expected annual energy savings and reduced energy usage expected in kilowatthours or therms.

(b) (1) The commission shall order the electrical and gas corporations to establish, based on data, ratepayer-funded energy efficiency assistance program reports on program totals, geographical and monthly statistics, cost distribution, and progress toward program goals.

(2) The electrical and gas corporations shall make the reports available on the Internet Web site established pursuant to subdivision (a).

(c) The commission shall require the electrical and gas corporations to publish data, including the amount expended, on the ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs that are not direct retrofits, including, but not limited to, research on building and appliance standards and marketing and outreach, on the Internet Web site established pursuant to subdivision (a).

(d) The commission shall take steps necessary to ensure the Internet Web site established pursuant to subdivision (a) is available to the public on or before June 1, 2014.

(e) The commission shall have a link to the Internet Web site established pursuant to subdivision (a) on the commission’s Internet Web site and require the electrical and gas corporations to have a link to the Internet Web site established pursuant to subdivision (a) on the appropriate page of the Internet Web site of each electrical and gas corporation.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 71, Sec. 147. (SB 1304) Effective January 1, 2015.)

590.
  

The commission shall require each electrical corporation to report annually on its compliance with the standards or rules adopted by the commission pursuant to Section 364. That report shall be made available to the public, except that the commission may, consistent with other provisions of law, withhold from the public information generated or obtained pursuant to this section that it deems would pose a security threat to the public if disclosed.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 16. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

591.
  

(a) The commission shall require an electrical or gas corporation to annually notify the commission, as part of an ongoing proceeding or in a report otherwise required to be submitted to the commission, of each time since that notification was last provided that capital or expense revenue authorized by the commission for maintenance, safety, or reliability was redirected by the electrical or gas corporation to other purposes.

(b) The commission shall ensure that the notification provided by each electrical or gas corporation is also made available in a timely fashion to the Office of the Safety Advocate, Public Advocate’s Office of the Public Utilities Commission, and parties on the service list of any relevant proceeding.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 51, Sec. 42. (SB 854) Effective June 27, 2018.)

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