Michael Shaw

Future natural gas service connections protected under bill

By Michael Shaw, VP, Government Relations

Capitol Update, March 9, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend



At the end of 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) threatened to shut down new industrial and commercial natural gas service connections for a period of three months arguing that it was necessary to protect against service outages to existing customers. That threat has come and gone, but the precedent of the threat has been set.

Enter AB 1879 by Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angles) and Blanca Rubio (D-West Covina) that prohibits the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) from issuing a moratorium on new natural gas service connections. AB 1879, in a few short sentences, protects the interests of manufacturers and other businesses across the state who count on new gas connections to create jobs and meet customer demands for product.

If your company was impacted by a delay in the connection of natural gas service, please contact Michael Shaw at mshaw@cmta.net or 916-498-3328.

The bill is set for hearing in the Assembly Utilities & Energy Committee on April 4th. CMTA supports AB 1879.

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