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October 10, 2018  By: Gary Passmore and Julian Canete  Choice for an essential service, like electricity, should not create winners and losers. But the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is poised to do just that unless it rejects a seriously flawed proposal by an administrative judge and supports an alternate proposal when it votes Thursday. Failure to adopt the Alternate …
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September 21, 2018  By: Julian Cañete California is a national leader in clean energy. Contrary to the perspective of advocates for Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), the question before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Sept. 27 is not whether our state will continue to lead the nation in renewable energy, but whether all customers will contribute equitably to the …
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March 1, 2018  By: Gary Passmore  In a win for all utility customers, especially seniors on fixed incomes, the California Public Utilities Commission recently voted unanimously to require all power providers to demonstrate they have enough energy to meet their customers’ needs. While the requirement is in state law, a quirk in current regulations allowed some Community Choice Aggregators – …
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February 27, 2018 By: Carlos Antonio H. Vaquerano Los Angeles has a long history of having some of the worst air pollution in the country. Over the years, we have seen many days where the sky was thick with smog and haze. Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by air pollution, which is part of the reason why Latinos care …
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By: Edwin Tan, Ph. D, Director of Advocacy and Development, Asian Americans for Community Involvement Whenever friends ask me about living in the Bay Area, they always comment on the things we’re famous for: the technology industry and the incredibly high cost of living. In addition to our sky high rental rates and housing costs, some could end up paying …
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By Pilar Pinel  Working families struggling with the high cost of living in California have enough to worry about. The last thing they should have to put up with is paying extra on their electric bills to cover the cost of energy purchased for other customers. Especially when the law is supposed to prevent that from happening.   Unfortunately, the …
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By Brenda Ratliff  The Volunteer Center of Kern has been mobilizing people and resources to deliver creative solutions to address community issues through volunteerism for nearly 50 years. Now, we need some creative solutions to fix a problem that’s impacting every one of us who call Kern County home.   Many Central Valley residents struggle to pay our electric bills, …
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By Dave Rodriguez   Hundreds of thousands of electric utility customers in California are paying more than they should to cover the cost of power purchased for other customers. These extra costs are hurting low-income, minority and working families who can least afford higher bills.   Current law is supposed to prevent this from happening, but the regulatory mechanism is …
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SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, August 23 the California Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications held an informational hearing on the growth of Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), which are government entities that buy power for customers in certain jurisdictions. Current law is supposed to protect electricity customers from having to pay extra to cover the cost of long-term clean energy …
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By Jason Fordney   SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Few parties in California are happy with the way the state’s community choice aggregator (CCA) program is turning out, legislators learned during a Wednesday hearing at the state capitol.   In a discussion that at times grew tense, state senators heard how the evolution of California’s CCA program has shifted hundreds of millions …
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