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

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

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 TAC

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

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

Our Position on PCIA

Calls for sunsetting the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)–an ongoing charge to Community Choice customers imposed by the monopoly utilities to recover the costs of energy that these utilities procured for customers who have departed to Community Choice programs. Click to Download PDF