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WSAB to Hold Workshop on Publicly-Owned Utility Wildfire Mitigation Plans

Nov. 11, 2020
Board to hear presentations from representatives of publicly-owned electric utilities and electrical cooperatives.

The Wildfire Safety Advisory Board (WSAB) will host a remote access (virtual) workshop on publicly-owned utility wildfire mitigation plans on Nov. 18, 2020, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., via webcast, WebEx, or conference line.

The WSAB encouraged members of the public to attend remotely and provide their input. The board will hear presentations from representatives of publicly-owned electric utilities and electrical cooperatives.

Assembly Bill 1054, signed into law in July 2019, created the California WSAB, a board of independent expert advisers, to advise a new Wildfire Safety Division within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on wildfire safety measures. The WSAB will also review and provide advisory opinions on the wildfire mitigation plans of publicly owned electric utilities and electrical cooperatives. It will serve as an additional forum for the public to provide input on the important topic of wildfire safety.

Participation information

1. Live video broadcast via webcast:

  • Participants have audio and video but will not be able to submit written comments/questions.

2. WebEx: Provides event audio and video and allows participants to submit written comments/questions.

3. Phone: Participants can hear the live event and make comments during the discussion or Q&A portions of the workshop.

  • Call-in number: 800-857-1917, passcode: 1767567
  • Participants will be placed on mute in listen-only mode until the public comment portion of the meeting. Once the public comment portion of the meeting begins, participants may dial *1 (star one) when they wish to speak, to be placed in a queue by the operator.

4. Public comment will be via phone, WebEx, or email. During the discussion or Q&A portions, participants can comment via WebEx chat, emailing [email protected], or dialing *1 (star one) to be placed in the operator’s queue.

5. For additional accommodation or modification to participate in the meeting, contact the CPUC’s public adviser's office at [email protected] or toll free at 866-849-8390, at least five days in advance of the workshop.

Because of the changes related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the most updated information related to the WSAB workshop will be available prior to the commencement of the meeting here. The workshop will be recorded and posted to the CPUC's website. The agenda is provided below.


1. Welcome

2. Opening comments with Alice Reynolds, senior adviser for energy at the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

3. POU presentation panel

a. Presentations:

  • Brian Wilbur, director of power transmission and distribution, LADWP
  • Janet Lonneker, assistant general manager of electric services, Anaheim Public Utilities
  • Terry Crowley, Healdsburg Utility director, City of Healdsburg Utility Department
  • David Hernandez, T&D engineering manager, Burbank Water and Power
  • Joe Gill, assistant general manager, Turlock Irrigation District
  • Bradley A Kresge, general manager, Surprise Valley Electrification Corp.
  • Joy A. Mastache, senior attorney, Office of the General Counsel, SMUD

b. Q&A and discussion with the board

4. Stretch break

5. Board introduces and discusses general advisory opinion themes

  • Groupings
  • Templates
  • Discussion

7. Public Q&A

8. Conclusion

For questions about the agenda or to provide written comments before the meeting, contact the WSAB at [email protected].

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