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Stand Up for Community Choice Energy by Jan. 30th

January 3 @ 9:00 am - January 30 @ 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 now (you are already having an impact) say they plan to vote on at their Feb.8th voting meeting and they allowed formal comments about it until January 11th  (was Dec. 29th, then Jan.4th). We are a legal “Party” on this issue at the CPUC and have submitted our comments. But you can still send in informal comments as ratepayers. While the impact is strongest on any new Community Choice Energy programs starting up now or thinking about it, it is problematic for existing programs. 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 CCE’s less feasible.

We ask you to review the talking points and see the way to submit your comments to the Commissioners (sample letter format should help as well).  It is not necessary at all to speak to all the talking points below.  Pick one and send your quick response, preferably focusing on the process or legal issues, as those are more likely to be listened to. You need to identify yourself as an individual ratepayer as 350 Bay Area is only allowed to have one point of view as a legal “Party”.

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” legal party comments was January 11th, but what you say makes a difference as an individual ratepayer and probably have until the 30th to make am impact, closer to the 11th the better.  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 the agenda item related to Energy Division Draft Resolution E-4907 be held or removed from the February 8th, 2018 agenda as it should be a part of another related rule-making or have its own rule-making proceeding. 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 Energy agencies now on Thursday, February 8th. Please mark your calendars, and attend this important meeting in San Francisco before which there will be a Rally and Press Conference.

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January 3 @ 9:00 am
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