On Monday, October 29, 2018, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) will hold a joint En Banc hearing on customer choice with the California Energy Commission (“CEC”).  The En Banc is a continuation of the CPUC’s California Customer Choice Project, which seeks to analyze increased customer choice regarding electric service options and the resulting impact on California’s ability to achieve its policy objectives of affordability, decarbonization, and reliability. The California Customer Choice Project provides a forum for stakeholders—including Community Choice Aggregators (“CCAs”), Investor Owned Utilities (“IOUs”), Electric Service Providers (“ESPs”), consumers, and regulators—to coordinate regarding California’s changing electricity market.

In August 2018, the CPUC California Customer Choice Project issued its final white paper, California Customer Choice: An Evaluation of Regulatory Framework Options for an Evolving Electricity Market (“Choice Paper”).  Following the paper’s release, the CPUC Choice Project team undertook a gap analysis of issues raised in the Choice Paper.  The En Banc will commence with a presentation of its recently posted Draft Gap Analysis / Choice Action Plan, followed by a response from the Choice Paper’s Ad Hoc Advisory Committee of nationally recognized energy experts.  The afternoon session will consist of a response from the load serving entities (including representatives from the IOUs, CCAs, ESPs, and consumers), a response from additional stakeholders that include labor and environmental groups, and an opportunity for public comment. 

The Draft Gap Analysis / Choice Action Plan is available here.  Additional information on the upcoming En Banc, including the draft agenda, can be found on the CPUC’s Customer Choice webpage linked here

Information for those who would like to attend or stream the En Banc online:

Date:  October 29, 2018 (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Location:  State Capitol, Room 4203, Sacramento, CA 95814

Webcast: https://www.senate.ca.gov/media/senate-room-4203/video

Written comments will be accepted through November 13, 2018.

For further information on CCAs, please contact Michael PostarLisa S. GastPeter J. ScanlonSean M. NealBhaveeta K. Mody, or Andrew B. Art