Protect the ability of our locally controlled community choice electricity programs to provide more renewable energy while promoting local jobs, economic justice, and clean air! Enemies of community choice (aka “investor owned utilities” aka PG&E and its buddies) are promoting a slate of bills in the California legislature this session, according to the California Alliance for Community Energy (CACE).
Taken together, these bills would severely restrict the ability of our local community choice agencies (East Bay Community Energy, Clean Power SF, MCE, Sonoma Clean Power, Peninsula Clean Energy, and Silicon Valley Clean Energy) to make decisions about buying electricity, support conversion to electric vehicles, and develop “microgrids.” (These are integrated hyper-local networks to generate and share electricity. The electricity is used directly where it’s generated, reducing loss in sending it over wires and increasing reliability if the grid goes out).
Tell legislators to stop this legislative assault.
First priority, says the CACCE:
Before July 2: Call your senator and tell them to oppose AB 56, which would severely limit community choice agencies’ power to make decisions about buying electricity. This bill has already passed in the Assembly and is coming up in the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee July 2. Information about AB 56 here
Then contact members of the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee (link to list here) and tell them to oppose the following bills (already passed in the Senate)
SB 155 (to be heard 6/26): Expands California Public Utilities Commission control over community choice decisions about what electricity to buy
SB 676 (to be heard 7/3): Prevents community choice agencies from developing programs to support electric vehicles (?!?!?!)
SB 350 (to be heard 7/10): Takes away the right of community choice agencies to procure “resource adequacy” (capacity to ensure there’s enough electricity at all times).
SB 774 (to be heard 7/10): Prevents community choice agencies from developing microgrids.
And contact members of the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee (link to list here) and tell them to oppose these bills (to be heard 7/2. They have already passed in the Assembly):
AB 1372: Would repeal the law that currently bars “investor-owned utilities” like PG&E from lobbying against community choice.
AB 1584: Gives the California Public Utilities Commission power to make decisions and impose charges on community choice agencies for “resource adequacy” (capacity to ensure there’s enough electricity at all times).
Contact information for members of the Assembly and Senate committees as well as a complete rundown of all the information about these bills and the harm they would cause to community choice energy here