Bill Extends Interruptible Programs

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Feb. 21, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Assemblyman Keith Richman, M.D., (R-Northridge) has introduced legislation to continue utility interruptible programs at the current incentive levels.

AB 425 requires the California Public Utilities Commission to continue the availability to qualified heavy industrial customers of optional utility interruptible or curtailable service until 2008.

Last year the CPUC extended the interruptible programs beyond 2002. Absent legislative intervention, the programs are expected to go away at the end of this year.

Interruptible programs are critical for successful management of the state's electric grid and have helped to provide system reliability during peak demand periods since their inception in the mid-1980s.

All customers benefit from the willingness of interruptible customers to curtail their operations when emergency conditions exist. Large industrial and commercial customers benefit from lower rates and by having additional options by which to manage their electricity loads and costs.

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