Assembly Bill 66, which was introduced by South Bay Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, is designed to help avert future unplanned power outages by authorizing the California Public Utilities Commission to direct utility companies to report the outages based on how often they occur and their duration.
"South Bay residents and businesses from Manhattan
Beach to Palos Verdes have been suffering an unacceptable number of power
outages in recent years,” Muratsuchi said in a statement released on Monday. “This
law will increase transparency by allowing rate payers and state regulators to
identify where the most frequent outages occur."
Assembly Bill 66, which was sponsored by the South Bay Cities Council of Governments, was supported by Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach and other South Bay cities as well as some area chambers of commerce.