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PG&E is on track for a $575 million rate hike.

by Dale Kasler, SacBee PG&E Corp. took a big step Friday toward getting a rate hike, announcing a settlement with a host of influential consumer advocacy groups on a plan that would increase revenue at the troubled utility by about $575 million a year. If approved by the Public Utilities Commission, average household bills would […]

Power Plays: Stakeholders explore disempowering PG&E

This article was originally published in the Pacific Sun on October 30, 2019. by Will Carruthers Once again, PG&E’s impact on the public brought it negative attention and, this week, multiple competing proposals from California lawmakers that may drastically change the future of the utility. On Monday, the stock price investor-owned utility parent company tumbled […]

Community Choice agencies say PG&E should become a “wires only” company

by CalCCA In a new filing with the California Public Utilities Commission, community choice aggregators (CCAs) from Northern California urged state regulators to take action to restructure PG&E as a “wires-only” company—moving the utility out of the retail energy business so PG&E management can focus on safely managing the company’s transmission and distribution system, which […]

How SDG&E plans to quit the electricity procurement business

by Justin Gerdes, Greentech Media California officials grappling with the fallout from devastating wildfires and the fate of embattled utility Pacific Gas & Electric will soon have to answer another weighty question: Should the state’s utilities get out of the business of buying and selling electricity? And, if so, what should be the default electricity […]

The California Independent System Operator: A High Wire Act on Solid Ground

May 20, 2015  |  by Woody Hastings Recently I visited the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) – my first visit ever. I always wondered why CAISO was located in Folsom, California. I learned that Folsom is one of the least seismically active areas in the State, yet still close to the centers of policy decision-making. […]

Another Important Legislative Victory for Community Choice Energy

A two-year struggle to defeat an insidious piece of legislation in Sacramento, Assembly Bill 976, has come to a happy conclusion. On September 27 Governor Brown vetoed AB976 and added a brief signing statement (see below). In this statement the Governor echoed what community choice proponents drove home repeatedly in committee hearings and elsewhere. The […]

Defining “Cooperate Fully” Strengthens Ten-Year Old Law

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Happy Ten-Year Anniversary to Community Choice in California! The original law that opened up the possibility of a community-based energy program like Sonoma Clean Power was enacted this season in 2002. This legislation gives communities a powerful means for pursuing renewable energy. A key element of that […]