2019 LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Fight the Coup Against Community Choice (May 2019)

Please take urgent action!
Community Choice is again under attack at the California legislature.

Almost a dozen bills are moving quickly through the California legislature, each designed to restrict the right of Community Choice programs to make decisions about energy procurement and local programs.  While limiting the autonomy of Community Choice programs, these bills are also rewarding the very parties that brought you the deadly wildfires: the monopoly utilities and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Read here to:

  • Find your elected representatives
  • Track Bill status, to target your calls
  • Office phone numbers and energy committee staffers names and email addresses;
  • Copies of letters submitted by the California Alliance for Community Energy, and
  • Instructions on how to send your own letters to the right Committees.

PLEASE Act Now to help fight off this unprecedented, multi-faceted attack on the ability of Community Choice programs to respond to local needs and provide local benefits.

WHO TO CALL

  • Find your State Assembly and Senate representatives HERE. 
  • Key Committee members are listed here – each list is in a spreadsheet, with elected names, staff names, phone numbers and updated email addresses. Downloading may take a minute – thanks for your patience.

Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee — Here.

Assembly Utilities and Energy CommitteeHere

WHAT TO SAY

Highest Priority — Tell your Senator to OPPOSE AB 56 – This measure threatens CCAs right to procure energy, a core responsibility under the original CCA mandate, AB 117.

These Bills are in the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee. The following Bills have all been approved by the Senate and are now in the Assembly.  Contact staff of all members of the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee.  Tell them to:

−        OPPOSE SB 350 – Takes away CCAs right to procure Resource Adequacy

−        OPPOSE SB 155 – Expands CPUC control over CCAs procurement

−        OPPOSE SB 520 – Makes investor-owned utilities the default providers of last resort.

−        OPPOSE SB 676 – Prevents CCAs from developing electric vehicle programs. !

−        OPPOSE  SB 774 – Prevents CCAs from developing microgrids.

−        RESTORE SB 288 – “Solar Bill of Rights” – Mandates fair tariffs to compensate solar+ storage owners; has been gutted.  Oppose unless the original language is restored.  This is only bill left that the California Alliance for Community Energy supports.  We are watching to see if the original language is restored in the Assembly.

These Bills are in the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee.  Oppose all these measures, as destructive of Community Choice, and mandating steps backward in electricity system transition.  We need more local control, more community-centric procurement, and more flexibility for Community Choice entities, not less.

—       OPPOSE AB 1362 – Amends the Code of Conduct that has required investor-owned utilities to be neutral in their treatment of Community Choice.

—       OPPOSE AB 1584 – Gives CPUC the mandate to impose procurement costs on Community Choice energy programs, undermining the CCAs ability to procure the resources they see fit.

SENDING LETTERS

To follow up your call, consider submitting a letter.  It’s easy to submit letters directly to the committee staff, using an official Comment Portal, here.  After a short registration step (not arduous), you can upload letters that will be directed to the appropriate staff.

This is helpful, as bills often go to additional and/or alternate committees that are difficult to track externally.  This Portal automatically makes any redirections needed.

THANK YOU! For all you do to protect Community Choice.