The last time California tried to reshape its electricity market, it ended in disaster. The state’s bungled attempt at deregulation in the late 1990s led to market manipulation, soaring prices, blackouts, the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the recall of Gov. Gray Davis.
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The customer choice movement in California is about to take a giant step, but it has two starkly different choices regarding which direction to go.
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An NRG official confirmed that its subsidiary GenOn has informed the California ISO of its intention to shut down the plants for economic reasons. The NRG subsidiary filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2017.
The build quality of the early Model 3 we tested in late February was, in a word, appalling.
“I strongly believe that this special session must not only focus on protecting every resident of our state from the growing wildfire threats driven by a changing climate, but also should work to protect the middle-class jobs that utilities provide in every corner of our state, particularly in many economically challenged communities.”
California is conducting what may be the most ambitious electricity customer empowerment experiment ever done anywhere; whether it will work remains very much in doubt.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) on Wednesday approved its updated demand forecast, predicting electricity demand will rise in the state. The CEC’s forecasts are used in planning proceedings for the California ISO’s transmission plans and for the state’s Public Utilities Commission for integrated resource and distributed resource planning.
In just a few short years, Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) have drastically changed the energy marketplace in California, and as they continue to expand, additional regulation is needed to ensure that the system is not disadvantaging the customers who remain with the traditional utility companies. One such regulation is Resolution E-4907, which came before the… [Read More]