The California Public Utilities Commission is about to vote on a rule that would be an “existential threat” to community choice electricity programs, according to the Local Clean Energy Alliance (LCEA). The rule, up for a vote on October 11, would dramatically increase the amount community choice customers must continue to pay corporate electric companies, even after the customers start getting electricity from community controlled services.
The utility companies say they need these fees because they’ve already signed contracts to buy enough electricity to supply those customers. Community choice customers already pay such a fee. The proposed new rule would increase it to the point where it would “undermine the viability of community choice programs,” writes LCEA.
Community choice electricity is essential to allowing communities to cut greenhouse gas emissions and plan a transition to clean energy that promotes economic and environmental justice.
You can write to the CPUC here, telling them to reject this attack on community choice energy. And attend the CPUC hearing to speak up for community choice.
Thursday, October 11, 9:30 AM
California Public Utilities Commission headquarters
505 Van Ness Avenue