California utilities commission names new general counsel

SAN FRANCISCO, March 12, 2015 – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today named Arocles Aguilar as its new General Counsel.

Ms. Aguilar served the majority of her career at the CPUC and served as the CPUC’s Assistant General Counsel from September 1998 to October 2012, when she retired. She returned to the CPUC in June 2013 as a special Advisory Counsel working on various matters. Ms. Aguilar has a wealth of experience in the areas of management and the practice of regulatory, energy, environmental, bankruptcy, employment, and administrative law, as well as state contracting and regulatory finances.

“I have dedicated my career to the CPUC for more than 30 years, and I look forward to my new role as General Counsel,” said Ms. Aguilar. “The CPUC is a valuable and important agency going through a challenging time. I believe I can make a difference and help strengthen the CPUC and re-build the public’s trust in the CPUC’s commitment to consumers and its processes, transparency, and fairness. I look forward to working with the Commissioners and CPUC staff to help transform and restore the CPUC into the nationally respected public agency it was when I first joined.”

Said CPUC President Michael Picker, “I have had the pleasure of working with Arocles, and I know she will bring integrity, knowledge, and legal acumen to her role as General Counsel. She is well-respected by her colleagues inside the CPUC and externally, and I and my fellow Commissioners thank her for coming out of retirement to take on the important responsibility that comes with being the CPUC’s General Counsel.”

The CPUC’s General Counsel leads the Legal Division, which is directed by statute to represent and appear for the people of the State of California, the CPUC, and the CPUC staff in actions and proceedings involving any question under the Public Utilities Code or under any order or act of the CPUC.

Ms. Aguilar holds a J.D. from Berkeley Law.