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 …

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 Customer Choice (November 2017)

Responds to the CPUC’s October 2017 workshop on “California Customer Choice.” Enumerates the many ways in which California’s approach to customer choice–centered on Community Choice energy programs–provides a more compelling model of competition, community engagement, and consumer protection than the failed retail market approach adopted in the 1990s. Click to Download PDF  

CPUC Bias Against Community Choice (March 2017)

State law requires that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) support Community Choice programs and enforce utility cooperation with such programs. Yet the CPUC has repeatedly flouted this imperative, as detailed in this report, exhibiting a bias against Community Choice in favor of monopoly utilities. Click to Download PDF  

Our Position on Transmission Access Charges (February 2017)

Proposes an urgent fix for the current Transmission Access Charge (TAC) market distortion. This distortion inhibits vital, community-based renewable energy development and severely limits the benefits that Community Choice programs can deliver to the communities they serve. Click to Download PDF  

Our Position on SDG&E Marketing Division (November 2016)

Opposes a proposal adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission which allows San Diego Gas & Electric to circumvent California’s Community Choice law by setting up a separate division to market against Community Choice initiatives. Click to Download PDF