Retail choice proceeding enters new phase

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Dec. 21, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The ongoing California Public Utilities Commission proceeding on the direct access (DA) market has entered a second phase.  The CPUC is now focused on whether and under what conditions to reopen the DA market for those currently ineligible.  The third phase, to begin next summer, will develop the rules that would govern a reopened DA market.

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.

Supporters of customer choice, many of whom were petitioners in the filing earlier this year 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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