Interruptible Bill Clears First Hurdle

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

Capitol Update, April 4, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Legislation to continue utility interruptible programs at the current incentive levels for five additional years recently cleared its first legislative hurdle.

AB 425 (Keith Richman, R-Northridge), which requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to continue the availability to qualified heavy industrial customers of optional utility interruptible or curtailable service, was approved by the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, April 1.

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.

All customers benefit from the willingness of interruptible customers to curtail their operations when emergency conditions exist. Theses 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. And more than a dozen times in late 2000 and early 2001, interruptible programs enabled the state to avert rotating outages.

Large industrial and commercial customers benefit from these programs by having additional options by which to manage their electricity loads and costs as well as lower rates.
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