Consumer choice has suddenly revolutionized the electricity business in California. But utilities are striking back

“Faced for the first time with real competition, the state’s big three utilities have suddenly become havens of innovation. They’re offering customers flexible options on the portion of their power coming from renewable energy, and they’re on pace to increase the share of power they get from solar and wind power to the point where…

A new type of public power is growing in California, and raising alarms

“California’s top utility regulator argued this month that the state should plan what it would do were one of the new agencies to collapse, a possibility that community choice advocates consider remote. Utilities, regulators and the new agencies are still grappling with how community choice customers should compensate the utilities for long-term power purchase contracts…

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

This draft paper sets the stage for a conversation among California energy policy decision-makers and stakeholders about the need to develop a plan to address the current shift in the evolving electricity market and the next steps in managing this transition. The paper provides a holistic and strategically agnostic view of the interdependent attributes related…

Is California risking another energy crisis with community choice programs?

“Rooftop solar and batteries have made it possible for homeowners and businesses to generate and store their own electricity. Community-led energy programs, which started in the Bay Area and are now rolling out in the Coachella Valley, have allowed cities to abandon their traditional electric utilities. And corporations looking for cheaper, cleaner energy are increasingly…

California energy regulators delve into threats and opportunities of ‘Customer Choice’

“The CPUC explores potential pitfalls and solutions to utilities losing customers to distributed energy providers, community choice aggregators. As a regulator with the mission to keep energy affordable, reliable and decarbonized, the CPUC’s main concern was how these trends are taking market share and power away from the state’s investor-owned utilities, which it regulates, and…

PG&E, East Bay Community Energy launch Request for Offers for clean energy projects

“The competitive solicitation is the next step in advancing PG&E’s Oakland Clean Energy Initiative. The initiative will result in a clean energy alternative to the existing fossil-fuel power plant at 50 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, which currently provides electric transmission-grid reliability in Oakland. The Oakland Clean Energy Initiative will proactively deploy clean energy resources…

Ventura, Los Angeles energy group to set initial rates for Southern California customers

“The Clean Power Alliance of Southern California, formerly Los Angeles Community Choice Energy, began providing energy for roughly 2,000 government-owned buildings earlier this year. It will begin distributing energy to around 30,000 non-residential customers in June in unincorporated Los Angeles County, South Pasadena and Rolling Hills Estates. The “base rate product,” which assumes 36 percent…

Webinar: Keeping Community in Community Choice Energy – Mar 21

“Newly forming Community Choice agencies (CCAs) can launch with a minimum of legally required community and prospective customer notification. Or they can engage in robust, proactive, meaningful outreach and communication with the many stakeholders in their communities. Conversely, community stakeholders can adopt a passive observer role and take what they get. Why is this not…
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