Fear-mongering by utilities won’t produce clean energy

As we expand consumer choice and accelerate our push toward community-based power and greener energy, it’s not surprising that investor-owned utilities are doing everything in their power to hold on to their monopolies in California. As they do, an unholy alliance of corporate executives and some state bureaucrats have resorted to scare tactics and dragging their heels when it comes to democratizing our electrical grid.

If we are truly going to “plan for today so Californians can turn on their lights tomorrow,” as California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker has called for, we must move beyond scare tactics and engage all stakeholders in an honest discussion about California’s energy future.

Community choice to determine California’s energy future

When the California Public Utilities Commission issued its May 3 white paper on change in California’s electricity system and customer choice, it sounded an alarm of impending doom due to diversification coming from both local communities and technologies. Don’t be fooled by this false alarm.

Good things are happening in California’s electricity markets. Community choice aggregators are now providing electric generation service to millions of Californians. CCAs are public agencies that contract for cleaner, low-cost electric supply delivered to you by utilities such as PG&E.

Read more here: https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Community-choice-to-determine-California-s-12992415.php

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

Nearly 2 million electricity customers in California may not know it, but they’re part of a revolution.

That many residents and businesses are getting their power not from traditional utilities, but via new government-affiliated entities known as community choice aggregators. The CCAs promise to deliver electricity more from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, and for a lower price than the big utilities charge.

The customers may not be fully aware they’re served by a CCA because they’re still billed by their local utility. But with more than 1.8 million accounts now served by the new system and more being added every month, the changes in the state’s energy system already are massive.

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

California Regulators see signs of a new energy crisis – can they prevent it?

California’s regulators see a disruption coming that may not be exactly like the 2000-2001 energy crisis, but could have bigger, wider impacts.

The customer choice movement has added dozens of new power providers into the mix. Their inexperience and uncertain place in the regulatory scheme threatens the ability of regulators and policymakers to keep the state’s focus on growing clean energy and cutting emissions. Some say it even threatens the state power system’s reliability and affordability.

Read more here: California regulators see signs of a new energy crisis – can they prevent it?

 

 

California customer choice advocates, IOUs face off on departing load charge

The customer choice movement in California is about to take a giant step, but it has two starkly different choices regarding which direction to go.

The movement is driven by the promises of more locally developed renewables and lower rates than investor-owned utilities (IOUs) can deliver. But California’s Customer Choice Aggregations (CCAs) can only deliver on those promises if they resolve the question of who will pay for the generation procured by IOUs to serve customers now departing to CCAs.

Read more here: California customer choice advocates, IOUs face off on departing load charge

Can San Diego ditch the power Company? Not without a fight

SAN DIEGO — Seeking control over the way their electricity was generated and paid for, Cape Cod residents banded together two decades ago to bypass the local utility and buy power in bulk.

Driven in part by local mandates to shift to green-energy sources, the movement has gained momentum across the country, allowing customers to choose their electricity provider, as they can do with telephone service. A growing number of California’s local governments are offering a program similar to the Cape Cod model, as are communities in New York State, Illinois and other parts of Massachusetts.

Read more here: Can San Diego ditch the power company? Not without a fight

CalCCA Supplier Diversity Symposium 2018

CalCCA and The Greenlining Institute co-hosted the first CCA Supplier Diversity Symposium to review progress, commitments, and initiatives made to support public-private partnerships in the energy sector with women, minority, disabled veteran, and LGBTQ-owned businesses in January 2018.

Why are big utilities so afraid?

Last year, Ventura and Los Angeles counties took a huge step forward in creating energy choices when we joined with dozens of local cities to create the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California. Since, 28 jurisdictions have signed on to offer cleaner, greener and cheaper energy to communities throughout Southern California. We are not the first local California governments to embrace the promise of what is known as community choice aggregation.

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Cities line up to join LA County's new clean energy provider

A new Los Angeles County program that promises members cheaper electricity rates and cleaner power is catching on quickly.

Sixteen cities have signed on to the fledgling Los Angeles Community Choice Energy, founded in April with a directive by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The nonprofit program offers Southern California Edison customers an alternative option to power their homes and businesses with solar, wind, geothermal and hydroelectric energy.

Read more here: Cities line up to join LA County’s new clean energy provider

 

Does C-C-A spell the end of the regulated electric utility in California?

Alternative providers may deliver more than 85% of the Golden State’s electricity by the mid-2020s, and there is a lot of uncertainty about how much they will be regulated.

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Does C-C-A spell the end of the regulated electric utility in California?