The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission will hold a joint En Banc Hearing with Commissioners of both agencies attending to discuss the changing state of retail electric choice in California, as follows:
WHEN: Friday, May 19, 2017, 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Byron Sher Auditorium, CalEPA Building, 1001 I St., Sacramento
REGISTRATION: Attendance may be limited to 250 people. There is expected to be high interest in this event. The only way to guarantee a seat is through pre-registration, however, preregistration is not required to attend and an overflow room will be available.
Visit www.cpuc.ca.gov/retailchoiceenbanc to RSVP.
WHY: By the end of 2017, 30-40 percent of California’s investor-owned electric utility customers will be receiving some type of electricity service from an alternative source and/or provider, such as Community Choice Aggregators, rooftop solar, or Direct Access providers. Projections suggest that this number will grow to well past 80 percent by the middle of the next decade. The goal of this joint agency En Banc is to identify and begin to develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that the CPUC and the California Energy Commission must examine as a result of these fast approaching changes in order to ensure that affordable, reliable and low-carbon electricity will be available to all California consumers. Part of this overview will look at the role of the investor-owned utilities in a future in which customer-oriented technologies disrupt the traditional top-down electricity service model.