Who We Are

A Statewide Voice for Municipal Energy and Water Issues

The California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA or Association) was formed in 1932 to protect the interests of California’s consumer-owned utilities before the California Legislature. Our utility members include municipal and public utility districts, irrigation districts, joint powers agencies, water districts and agencies.

CMUA legislative advocates represent its energy and water members before the California Legislature – delivering testimony, meeting with legislators and staff, developing strategic policy analysis and building coalitions. In 2010, CMUA added a regulatory program to increase its advocacy efforts before both administrative and regulatory agencies that have a significant impact on California’s energy and water utility operations. These agencies include the California Energy Commission, the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Air Resources Board, the Department of Water Resources, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent System Operator.

Last year, CMUA launched a communications program to help shape and deliver its energy and water messages to the media and Legislature. Now fully staffed, CMUA serves its members by navigating through the myriad pathways of California’s legislative, regulatory and media environments.

In addition to its strong legislative and regulatory advocacy program, CMUA also:

  • Provides timely updates on the status of legislation and participates in regulatory agency rule development.
  • Hosts an annual “Capitol Day” which features the Legislative leaders on energy and water.
  • Organizes an annual conference that brings members together to exchange ideas, information and solutions on complex energy and water related topics.
  • Establishes committees and working groups to exchange ideas on emerging issues while coordinating with many California based organizations.
  • Leads a regular forum for utility attorneys to share their legal perspectives on issues confronting their utility.
  • Participates as an affiliate member in national organizations, including the American Public Power Association.
  • Awards the CMUA Community Service/Resource Efficiency Awards presented for originality and creativity in energy and water resources efficiency and consumer benefit among California consumer-owned water and energy utilities.