California Customer Choice: An Evaluation of Regulatory Framework Options for an Evolving Electricity Market

In 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) commenced an inquiry into the the many changes occurring in California’s electric sector. After holding an en banc hearing on May 19, 2017, the CPUC formed the California Customer Choice Project to examine the issues and develop a report evaluating choice in California’s current market.

The report is designed to share the facts and initiate a policy conversation among the spectrum of stakeholders and interests about the future of California’s electricity market, rather than make specific recommendations. On May 3, 2018, the California Customer Choice Project issued its draft paper entitled, California Customer Choice: An Evaluation of Regulatory Framework Options for an Evolving Electricity Market. The CPUC jointly held an en banc with the California Energy Commission to discuss the draft white paper on June 22, 2018 and solicited written public comments from interested parties.

On August 7, 2018, the California Customer Choice Project released the final Choice Paper which incorporates statements from the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee of nationally recognized energy experts and stakeholder input. The final draft of the paper includes non-material changes inspired by the written comments submitted from a myriad of stakeholders and remarks made by the en banc participants. The final report includes an expanded discussion of the types of Load Serving Entities (LSEs), updated tables/figures on policy implementation, procurement, resource adequacy and information on a central buyer and customer data.

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