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MFG Maker Update: Assembly committee advances CMTA-supported energy choice bill

By Michael Shaw, VP, Government Relations

Capitol Update, July 2, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On Wednesday, June 27th, the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee passed out SB 237 (Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys) on a strong bipartisan vote, moving forward a CMTA MFG Maker bill that will provide California manufacturers greater access to competitive electricity rates.

SB 237 would phase-out the cap on Direct Access that arbitrarily limits the opportunity for non-residential customers, including manufacturers, to shop for better electricity rates and service from a non-utility provider, known as an electric service provider (ESP). 

For the past several years, Senator Hertzberg has pursued against opposition from a variety of utilities, labor and other groups. However, this year has seen most of those opponents either joining the effort in support of direct access or neutrality on the issue. 

CMTA’s support for expanding Direct Access to open a more competitive electricity market for manufacturers continues to move the issue forward and help our members maintain a healthy bottom line, particularly in electricity-intensive processes. 

SB 237 moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee where it will be heard in early August when the Legislature returns from its summer recess. CMTA members should talk with their legislators over the summer as they are back in the district and ask them to support SB 237 and Direct Access. 

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