Help protect local clean renewable
In 2002, the legislature passed AB 117, giving California’s
cities the option to purchase greener and cleaner energy through community choice aggregation (CCA). The law provides more energy options to communities
who have chosen to create a local, public, not-for-profit and government
alternative to big utilities that depend on centralized dirty energy plants.
This bill was a big win for clean energy. The program was structured
as an “opt-out” program. That meant electricity customers within a community
were automatically enrolled as participants in a CCA, but had the option of
removing themselves from the program and remaining with the big utility company
if they wanted. This design made it feasible for CCAs to enter a market where
big energy monopolies dominate.
AB 2145 will undo the gains made by AB 117. It will instead
require customers to actively opt-in in order to get energy from the CCAs. This
bill would essentially eliminate the level playing field established by AB 117.
It would limit communities’ choice on energy sources and further reinforce the
big utilities’ monopoly and energy vice grip on the people of California.
AB 2145 will come up for its first committee
vote in the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee soon. Your assembly
member sits on that committee. Call him or her today and urge a NO vote on AB