Senator Hueso Statement on CPUC President Marybel Batjer Resignation Announcement

September 29, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Upon learning that Marybel Batjer will resign as President of the California Public Utilities Commission, Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Chair of the California Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications, released the following statement:

“I am grateful to Marybel Batjer for her service to the State of California these past two years, and commend her for her many accomplishments while CPUC president.

“President Batjer, working with her fellow CPUC Commissioners, demonstrated a responsiveness to Californians and the Legislature with a willingness to hold energy, water, telecommunications utilities and communications and transportation for-hire providers accountable.

“I am proud of what we accomplished during our time working together, including accelerating and improving critical customer protections, such as protecting customers against disconnections from utility service during the Covid-19 pandemic; making improvements in wildfire mitigation and oversight of Public Safety Power Shutoffs; and working to implement the historic $6 billion broadband package passed by the legislature this year.

“I look forward to working with the next CPUC president to safeguard our infrastructure from the impacts of climate change, prevent and mitigate the damage of wildfires, and keep power flowing to California homes and businesses.”