SANTA MONICA CALLS OUT STATE BOARD’S ‘STEALTH ATTEMPT’ TO DELAY RENEWABLE ENERGY CHOICES

Santa Monica has been building momentum on a plan to shift the city’s electricity use to renewable energy sources — an effort that picked up speed last month when City Council members voted to plug into Los Angeles County’s new, government-run alternative energy utility.

Called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), the framework allows consumers to switch from electricity generated by private utilities for renewable energy delivered over the same transmission lines.

But just days after Santa Monica signed on to CCA, the California Public Utilities Commission began pumping the brakes, proposing new rules to slow the rapid defection of electric consumers statewide from investor-owned utilities to public power programs.

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