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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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By  Garrett Hering In their first week back in Sacramento after a month-long summer recess, California lawmakers received a piercing wake-up call from energy regulators, utilities, power plant developers, consumer advocates and others on the imminent risks of an ongoing, unchecked rollout of community choice aggregators, or CCAs, which one stakeholder said required a moratorium. “This is a world of real …
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By Gary Passmore The Legislature will be reviewing a flurry of bills upon its return from summer recess, but an informational hearing regarding Community Choice Aggregations (CCAs) on Wednesday morning in the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee warrants equal attention. A current law that is supposed to protect seniors and all electricity customers from paying for power that was …
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Letter sent in response to recently opened CPUC proceeding states all consumers benefit from clean energy and electric system reliability, so all customers should share equitably in the cost   SACRAMENTO— Dozens of diverse organizations sent a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission (Commission), urging regulators to fix the broken system that currently forces some energy customers to pay …
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