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Write to CPUC – Stand Up for Community Choice Energy by Feb 6th

January 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - February 6, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


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It’s happening again.  This time it is the CPUC that is trying to slow down or stop Community Choice Energy programs across the state.  Without warning, on Dec. 8th, the Commission put forth a Draft Resolution (E-4907) which they say they plan to vote on now at their February 8th (was Jan 11) voting meeting and they are allowing formal comments about it until January 11th (was Dec.29th, then Jan. 4th). We are a legal Party to this action and have submitted our comments but your informal comments (as long as you identify yourself as a ratepayer or from another group) can still be submitted up to maybe a week before the meeting While the impact is strongest on any new Community Choice Energy programs starting up now, it is problematic for existing programs and extremely so for those just coming into existence. The CPUC proposes a lengthy review process that is not needed and further delays to assure “resource adequacy”, when there is an easier solution for short term resource adequacy that has been used by the private sector and should be available to CCE’s. The resolution, if passed, will likely delay any new programs.  The delay may also unnecessarily jeopardize getting funding during the initial launch period, making CCA’s less feasible.

We ask you to review the talking points and submit your comments to the Commissioners (sample letter format below).  It is not necessary to speak to all the talking points below.  Pick one and send your quick response to the Commissioners and particularly their Chiefs of Staff.

Calling you legislators is also especially important:  you can use the template for legislators in this excellent Action Alert put out by Clean Power Exchange for what to suggest or send to them to say.

CPUC Resolution E-4907

Talking Points (from Clean Power Exchange)

Sample Letter 

CPUC Commissioners Contact Information (faxing the Chief of Staffs will get the most attention)

Short Cut, if you want to do something quick without diving into the details in the links above:

We count on you to defend Community Choice and prove again that with each attack, Community Choice Energy becomes stronger. The deadline for formal comments is Thursday January 4th (extended from Dec. 29th) – let’s not let the bad timing keep us from participating! To take action, Call: 1-866-849-8390. Email public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov and cc edtariffunit@cpuc.ca.gov, Suzanne.Casazza@cpuc.ca.gov, Jonathan.Tom@cpuc.ca.gov . If you can fax, a former CPUC official advises us that faxes do get attention: Fax to 415-703-1903

A quick script: “I am writing to request that agenda item related to Energy Division Draft Resolution E-4907 be held or removed from the February 8th, 2018  agenda because something of this significance should be covered in a current rule-maklng or have its own. If that does not happen, Commissioners should vote no on this resolution, as it imposes substantial and unnecessary burdens on newly forming Community Choice agencies.”

The Commission is scheduled to vote on the resolution and the fate of the emerging Community Choice agencies now on Thursday, February 8th. Please mark your calendars, and attend this important meeting in San Francisco if you can. There will likely be a Rally/Press Conference just before.


January 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
February 6, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Ken Jones
415 935-9030