Community Choice Energy Legislation
The 2019/2020 legislative session has begun. Check back frequently for updates.
At the start of the session we have our eye on twelve energy and/or climate-related bills, not all of which directly impact Community Choice Energy.
Key Community Choice Energy-related bills to watch:
SB 350 – Hertzberg (Yes, SB 350), this is a bill that would centralize resource adequacy procurement
AB 56 – Garcia – this would order the CPUC to recommend, by March 2020, options for establishing a central statewide entity to procure electricity for all end-use retail customers in the state
For the complete list of bills we are monitoring click HERE.
A Look Back: Highlighted Bills – 2018:
The final day for the governor to sign bills was Sept. 30, 2018. Below are some of the results relevant to Community Choice Energy.
SB 100 – 100% Renewables by 2045 – Enacted.
SB 700 – California Energy Storage Initiative – Enacted.
SB 64 – Improve air quality in Environmental Justice communities with GHG reduction co-benefits. – FAILED
SB 237 – Removes cap on Direct Access – Enacted
AB 893 – Interferes with CCA’s procurement autonomy. DIED in Senate Committee.
AB 813 – Western Electricity Grid Regionalization – DIED in Senate Committee.
Click HERE for the full list of energy-related bills we monitored in 2018.
Click HERE for a summary of the 2017 legislative session.
Click HERE for a summary of the 2015-16 legislative session.
Community Choice Law
The two pieces of legislation that make Community Choice possible in California are AB 117 (Migden, 2002) and SB 790 (Leno, 2011). AB 117 established Community Choice and SB 790 strengthened it by creating a “code of conduct” that the incumbent utilities must adhere to in their activities relative to Community Choice.
Community Choice law, Assembly Bill 117 (Migden), enacted in 2002, can be found in the California Public Utilities Code sections 331.1,381.1, 707 and Code Sections 360 through 380.5. Scroll down to code section 366.2, where the main body of information describing Community Choice can be found. Community Choice law was conceived as a way to salvage a good part of the deregulation experiment of the late 1990s and early 2000s, choice.
Keeping track of Community Choice-related Legislation
In any given legislative year there are bills that either directly relate to Community Choice, or may impact Community Choice in some way. Please let us know if you are aware of a bill that has bearing on Community Choice that should be highlighted here.
The official California legislation tracking website is: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ This is where you can find out about the status of any bill and subscribe to updates on specific bills.
Another excellent tool is the Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker that can be used to find energy-related bills in California, other states, and at the federal level.
To find out who your California representatives are visit this handy site: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/