by Ray Hayes

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) plans to make supplier diversity the prime focus of the 16th CPUC Annual Hearing. Not only will supplier diversity be the centerpiece of the hearing but the CPUC will also examine the state’s regulated utilities diversity programs, and discuss the commission’s commitment to diversity. Community members will also be asked to give feedback regarding the impact supplier diversity has had on the community. Additionally, there will be a public session for local members to engage officials from a variety of different industries including the utility, government, labor, community-based organizations and others.

As reported by the Daily Energy Insider, State Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), former State Assemblywoman Gwen Moore, plans to join, “the Commission in reviewing the progress, commitments, and initiatives made to increase women, minorities, disabled veterans-owned and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender participation in procurement by regulated utilities and other entities.”

The agenda for the hearing is listed below:

  • Summary of Utility Performance and Report to the Legislature on General Order (GO) 156
  • The Diverse Community Perspective on GO 156
  • Alternative Energy Markets – Exploring the Possibilities
  • Strategic Sourcing-Navigating the Future of Procurement

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