February 7, 2018
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

Re: Support for Resolution E-4907

Dear Commissioners:

Thank you for your efforts to ensure current law is being followed and electricity customers in California aren’t paying extra on their bills for power that was purchased for others.

On behalf of diverse organizations representing low-income, senior, veterans, faith-based, ethnic, community and business organizations throughout the state we support Resolution E-4907.

Given the rapid growth of new energy providers like Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), it is critical that regulations to preserve system reliability and protect customers keep pace with changes in the marketplace.

Currently, all electricity providers in California are required to forecast the number of customers they will have, and demonstrate they have the power to serve them (called Resource Adequacy). We understand that based on current timelines, CCAs may not be required to meet their Resource Adequacy obligations for the calendar year in which they first provide new or expanded service. As a result, utilities are buying power for customers that will soon later be served by CCAs, leaving those customers who remain with their utility as a power supplier responsible for picking up the tab for power that was purchased for those now served by another provider.

Passage of this resolution is critical to not only protect utility customers from paying more for Resource Adequacy than they should, but also to protect the integrity of the state’s Resource Adequacy program that is supposed to ensure reliable electricity for all customers. It is a positive step toward ensuring that some energy customers aren’t adversely impacted by another jurisdiction’s decision to proceed with a CCA.

Sincerely,

Gary Passmore, President
Congress of California Seniors

Ruben Barrales, President
Latino Leadership & Policy Forum

Aubry Stone, President & CEO
California Black Chamber of Commerce

Ronald O. Nichols, President
Southern California Edison

Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell, Vice President, State Government & External Affairs
San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Patrick Lavin, Business Manager/Financial Secretary
IBEW Local Union 47

Edwin T. Tan, Ph.D., Director of Advocacy and Development
Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)

Dave Rodriguez, State President
California League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Shawn Lewis, Policy & Communications Director
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)

Rex Hime, President & CEO
California Business Properties Association

Carlos Antonio H. Vaquerano, Executive Director
The Salvadorian-American Leadership and Educational Fund

John “Doc” Bart, Adjutant
American Legion – Department of California

Lorraine Plass, State Legislative Chair
AMVETS Department of California

Greg McKee, President & CEO
CONNECT

Alice Huffman, President
California State Conference NAACP

Julian Cañete, President & CEO
California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

Steve Malnight, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Policy
Pacific Gas & Electric

Val Martinez, President
Association of Rural Northern California Energy Providers (ARNCEP)

Tom Dalzell, Business Manager
IBEW Local 1245

Robert C. Lapsley, President
California Business Roundtable

Robert Ito, Government Affairs Committee Chair
Asian Business Association of San Diego

Blong Xiong, Chair
Asian Business Institute & Resource Center

Alicia Berhow, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs
Orange County Business Council

Al Abdallah, COO
Urban League of San Diego County

Tracy Hernandez, Founder/CEO
Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed)

Deborah Howard, Secretary
California Senior Advocates League

Betty Jo Toccoli, President
California Small Business Association

Mariko Kahn, Executive Director
Pacific Asian Counseling Services

Ron Gonzales, President & CEO
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley

Fred A. Romero, State Commander
American GI Forum of California

Marissa Christiansen, Executive Director
Friends of the Los Angeles River

Kim May Yamasaki, Executive Director
Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE)

Val Martinez, Executive Director
Redwood Community Action Agency

Andrew Quiñones, CEO
Southern California Service Corps

Sean Karafin, Vice President, Policy & Economic Research
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Betty Jo Toccoli, Chair/CEO
California Small Business Roundtable

Andy Caldwell, Executive Director
The Coalition of Labor, Agriculture & Business, Santa Barbara County (COLAB)

Scott Raty, President & CEO
Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce

Michael Turnipseed, Executive Director
Kern County Taxpayers Association

Ammie Hines, Founder
Another Level for Women

Pao Yang, Executive Director
The Fresno Center

James P. Reber, Executive Director
San Jose Parks Foundation

Cynthia Murray, President & CEO
North Bay Leadership Council

Dennis J. Huang, Executive Director & CEO
Asian Business Association of Los Angeles

Bev Jorgensen, Executive Director
Dana Point Chamber of Commerce

Scott Ashton, CEO
Oceanside Chamber of Commerce

Ramsey Sam, Executive Director
Asian American Resource Center

Tara Lynn Gray, CEO
Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce

Brenda Ratliff, Executive Director
Volunteer Center of Kern County

Sandra Klaisner, Executive Director
North Coast Energy Services, Inc.

LCDR Art Curtis, Legislative Officer
Reserve Officers Association (ROA), Golden West Department

Daniel Oaxaca, Executive Director
San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps

Pilar Pinel, Founder & CEO
Embracing Latina Leadership AllianceS

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