Coalition for Power Safety, Reliability, and Affordability

We believe that our power should be safe, reliable and affordable.

Safety First

We are concerned that power companies may be motivated by the fear of liability to shut off the power when it is windy or hot rather than when it is the last resort to best ensure the safety of residents.

For example, residents that need power for their health will be at serious risk if a power company shuts down power on a windy day. We need protocols in place and advance warning to help residents protect their health and not put their lives at risk.

Relying only on energy that is vulnerable and susceptible to power shutoffs is dangerous for Californians. We need to pursue more diverse energy sources, not move towards a single source, like all electric, for Californians who depend on the power to keep food and medicine fresh. Allowing generators and other forms of energy provide this safety and reliability for all Californians. We need officials to take action now to prevent the impacts of long-term de-energization conversations from hurting families and businesses this year.

Reliability

Industrial and manufacturing businesses are often the center for a community supporting jobs and spurring economic activity. The manufacturing industry adds an additional 2.5 jobs for every one manufacturing job in a local region.

A power shutdown could not only create safety concerns but also results in economic losses with an impact to employees and the community. California is the fifth largest economy in the world, we should expect reliable power.

Our broken electrical grid is unreliable. Should California move toward a single source of power, eliminating natural gas, our communities will suffer through more devastating power shutoffs. We need energy diversification to ensure reliability for all Californians.

Affordability

Utilities have an obligation to use their resources wisely and not continue to expect consumers to pay for prevention and mitigation that they should have been doing for years. We expect our power to be affordable and that ratepayers are not the only ones paying for utility investments.

Our state policymakers need to create strict protocols to ensure de-energization is the last resort, require utilities to pay for the costs that result from enacting de-energization, and enact policies to harden our grid so that California has safe, reliable and affordable power.

About the Coalition

The Coalition for Power Safety, Affordability and Reliability understands that with reliable power comes great opportunity.  The coalition is a project of CMTA and advocates for: 

  • Responsible Public Safety Power Shut-Off (PSPS, aka de-energization) policies that promote power reliability and protect the public health of all Californians
  • Keeping California’s commercial and industrial rates competitive in order to prevent loss of jobs and economic growth

Our state policymakers need to create strict protocols to ensure de-energization is the last resort, require utilities to pay for the costs that result from enacting de-energization, and enact policies to harden our grid so that California has safe, reliable and affordable power.

"De-energization creates a dilemma when contemplating electric utility safety – a safety concern if you keep the power on and downed lines cause wildfires; and a safety concern if you shut off the power and impact communities, first-responders, and customers."
State Senate Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety Report
“With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Preparing for Electric Utility De-Energization"