Continuing to move ahead is SB 612 by Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge). It would allow community aggregators and other providers to access the benefits of costly utility generation they pay for—early renewable contracts and utility-owned generation. The above market costs of these utility legacy resources show up in the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment fee imposed by the California Public Utilities Commission on community energy, other providers and ratepayers.
In related news, the CPUC agreed last week only to require the investor-owned utilities to sell to non utility providers a share of their renewable contracts. The commissioners declined also to distribute the utility resource adequacy and greenhouse gas-free emission attributes, as recommended by a working group. Last February, the California Community Choice Association, Southern California Edison, and the consulting firm Commercial Energy released a joint report. It detailed for the Commission agreements reached on the allocation of unused resources accumulating in utility portfolios due to a shrinking customer base.
SB 612 awaits a Senate Floor vote.
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