Our Position on AB 235 – PG&E’s Wildfire Bailout Bill (September 2019)

They are at it again.  AB 235 is a gut-n-amend bill once again offered at the end of the session, and with only one committee hearing to go.   This time, PG&E wants ratepayers to guarantee funds for the wildfire damages they incurred in 2017 and 2018.    There are many things wrong with this bill – including its perverse incentive for …

Our Position on Newsom’s Gruesome Utility Bailout Bill — AB 1054 (July 2019)

The California Alliance for Community Energy strongly opposes AB 1054, Newsom’s Gruesome Utility Bailout, which strengthens the state’s monopoly utilities at the expense of all California ratepayers, Community Choice programs, and democratic due process.  The number of things wrong with this bill, and especially the manner in which it was passed — in the week right before the Legislative Recess …

Our Position on the Solar Bill of Rights — SB 288 (March 2019)

SB 288 makes it official — Californians should be able to benefit from renewably-generated electricity on their own property.  In support of this right, the bill mandates removal of several impediments to local renewables, namely interconnection and pricing barriers.  With passage of SB 288, Community Choice energy programs will be to accelerate the growth of decentralized energy projects in our …

Our Position on Expanding Direct Access – SB 237 (July 2018)

SB 237 proposes to allow all non-residential electricity customers to procure from private electricity suppliers, under what’s known as Direct Access (DA). Opening up DA would undermine the financial viability of Community Choice programs, placing all their public benefits at risk. Our position argues that expanding DA undermines our climate progress by harming the Community Choice programs that have made …

Our Position on CAISO Regional Expansion – AB 813 (May 2018)

Regional expansion of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) is not about creating a regional market, which we already have. It is about the governance of CAISO: essentially, changing control of the regional market and the resulting system of costs and benefits. California would no longer determine its own energy policy destiny, but would become a minority player within a …

Our Position on Resolution E-4907 (December 2017)

In a stealth attack on Community Choice, the CPUC will vote on January 11 on a draconian resolution that would freeze new Community Choice programs. Our take? Further evidence that the CPUC is doing the IOUs’ bidding to halt, delay or otherwise strangle local programs. We argue that the resolution constitutes biased regulatory overreach and should be withdrawn. Click to …

Our Position on AB813 (September 2017)

Calls for a NO vote on this measure which would require investor-owned utilities to procure long-term renewable energy contracts at today’s rates, then pass those costs on to Community Choice customers.  Click to Download PDF  

SB 692 Background Information (April 2017)

SB 692 addresses a long-standing structural bias in the way charges are calculated for renewable energy output to access the transmission grid. This two-pager describes both the problem and the proposed fix. Click to Download PDF  

Our Position on SB 618 (March 2017)

Calls for a NO vote on SB 618, which would tie the hands of Community Choice energy programs by putting approval of their integrated resource plans in the hands of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), an agency that has demonstrated strong bias towards monopoly utilities and against Community Choice. Click to Download PDF  

Our Position on SB 692 (March 2017)

Calls for a YES vote on SB 692, which will make local renewable projects more competitive, leveling the playing field by ensuring proper allocation of transmission access charges to Community Choice programs based on their actual usage. Please See: SB-692 Background Information. Click to Download PDF