Seizing on the CPUC’s E-4907 attack on Community Choice at the end of 2017, the monopoly utilities filed a joint petition January 30 to remove the lobbying restrictions on them in the “CCA Code of Conduct.” The filing would gut the most important limitation put on the monopoly utilities by the Code. The call reviewed the background to this filing, …
The surprise release of this CPUC Resolution in the midst of the holidays underscores the depth of the CPUC’s antagonism against the continued spread of Community Choice programs. The Resolution imposes a timeline that new Community Choice programs must meet, including launch delays of 1-2 years following submission of their Implementation Plan.
Transmission Access Charges are imposed on local, small-scale renewable energy projects, even when the electricity from those projects never reaches the transmission system. The result: smaller projects are penalized by up to 3c/kWh by this charge. Community Choice and renewable energy advocates have long fought the repeal of these charges.
This call went into depth on the implications of what regionalization means to grassroots advocates, in terms of both local control of energy resources, and for successful operation of Community Choice energy programs in particular.
With only five days left in the legislative session, these two bills were amended to impose a new regional govrnance structure on the State’s energy market, thereby placing at serious risk the environmental and clean energy policy strides already enacted.
The Alliance was pleased to release its first handbook on “best practices” in organizing for creation of Community Choice energy programs that best serve their communities. The Guide also spells out the principles that underpin the Alliance mission, and secure maximum local benefits from creation of these programs.