Our Amicus Brief in Support of PCIA Appeal

The Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) is an egregious and worsening abuse of CPUC authority, in contradiction of Legislative intent, and the California Alliance for Community Energy has opposed its continuation in multiple campaigns since well before March 2016, including here. On July 1, the Alliance filed an Amicus brief in the California Court of Appeals to support Protect Our …

Our Position on Central Buyer for Resource Adequacy (June 2020)

Resource Adequacy (RA) is electricity product required of Community Choice programs and all load-serving entities to ensure enough supply under all grid conditions. In proceeding R.17-09-020, the CPUC is once again doing the bidding of the investor-owned utilities (IOUs). Not only does the Commission’s Proposed Decision (PD) undermine the ability of Community Choice programs to make their own procurement decisions, …

Our Position on the Proposed Microgrid Decision (June 2020)

In 2018, the Legislature passed SB 1339 to address challenges associated with the development and interconnection of decentralized, clean energy microgrids to the local distribution system. The subsequent proceeding –R.19-09-009 — was structured around multiple tracks to address different sets of these barriers. In May, the Commission released a Proposed Decision in Track 1. The Alliance joins many of the …

Our Position on SB 1215 — SUPPORT to Advance Microgrids (May 2020)

Even though legislators have withdrawn virtually all of the bills we expected to support this session, SB 1215 is still alive. Sponsored by Senator Henry Stern, a known friend to Community Choice and champion of clean energy solutions, SD 1215 seeks to remove many of the barriers that now thwart the development of non-utility owned microgrids. Notably, it would place …

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 …

UPDATED: CPUC Bias Against Community Choice (January 2019)

This update of our 2016 “CPUC Bias” paper documents the continuing pattern of imbalanced decisions against Community Choice, made by a CPUC undeniably protective of the monopoly utilities.   Despite California law that requires a level playing field and neutrality among electricity providers, the CPUC has repeatedly ignored statutory guidance and its own precedent to rule in favor of the utilities …

Backgrounder: Roll Back the CPUC Attack on Community Choice (February 2019)

The CPUC has long been taking decisions that disadvantage Community Choice vis a vis the investor-owned utilities (see “CPUC Bias” papers).  Now, in the aftermath of October’s devastating PCIA decision, the Alliance has committed to fighting back.  This Backgrounder outlines the basis for the “Roll Back the Attack” Campaign, the damage already inflicted on specific Community Choice programs, and what’s …

Our Position on the IOU Code of Conduct (October 2018)

The IOU Code of Conduct requires the investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to be neutral about Community Choice.  The Code spells out how this neutrality must be maintained, especially regarding the use of rate-payer funds.  In early 2018, however, the IOUs filed a “Petition to Modify” the Code, to remove all restrictions against lobbying with rate-payer funds.  This paper explains the Code’s …

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 …