DA supporters form alliance as PUC considers allowing more retail choice

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 24, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

 Direct access (DA), the right to choose energy suppliers, has been allowed for some customers but not others since the fall of 2001.  It was then that the retail market was divided in two.  DA customers were allowed to continue on DA with a hefty surcharge added to pay for crisis-related costs. The other customers, those receiving bundled utility service, were deemed ineligible.

Five years later, with the hybrid structure still in place, a proceeding is underway at the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to consider whether, or under what conditions, to reopen the DA market for those currently ineligible.

Supporters of customer choice, many of whom were petitioners in the filing that led to the current PUC investigation, recently formed a coalition – the California Alliance for Competitive Energy Solutions (CACES) – to increase public awareness of the value of customer choice and participate in the PUC rulemaking.  

Coalition members include K-12 schools, universities, retailers and restaurants as well as CMTA and numerous businesses from throughout the state.

CMTA encourages you to join the effort through www.ca-aces.org.  

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