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California Public Utilities Commission

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The California Public Utilities Commission is a quasi-executive agency in the California state government. The commission regulates the state's "privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies."[1] The commission consists of five commissioners appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. The administrative head of the commission is the executive director, who oversees day-to-day operations.

Current officeholders

The current commissioners are Michael R. Peevey (president), Timothy Alan Simon, Michel Peter Florio, Catherine J.K. Sandoval and Mark J. Ferron. Peevey was appointed in 2002, Simon in 2007, and the remaining three in 2011. Commissioners serve six year terms.


The commission's authority is established by the California Constitution.[2]

California Constitution, Article 12, Section 1

The Public Utilities Commission consists of 5 members appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate, a majority of the membership concurring, for staggered 6-year terms. A vacancy is filled for the remainder of the term. The Legislature may remove a member for incompetence, neglect of duty, or corruption, two thirds of the membership of each house concurring.


The only unique requirement of public utilities commissioners is that they not have a financial interest in or official relation to any utility.[3] However, commissioners must still satisfy the basic requirements for civil service employment in the state; he or she must be a resident of the state, at least 18 years of age, not a convicted felon, and not a member of the Communist Party or any other organization that advocates the overthrow of the U.S. government.[4]

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