Former CPUC Staffer Expects California Legislature To Address Utility Business Model, Choice Issues
January 31, 2019 Email This Story Copyright 2010-19 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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Diane Fellman, who recently retired from her position as a senior policy analyst at the California PUC, told attendees at the National Energy Marketers Association (NEM) Western Energy Policy Summit that she expects the California legislature to address a variety of utility business model, aggregation, and "choice" issues during this session.
Fellman expects lawmakers to address such issues because there is, "such pent-up pressure now to question the investor-owned utility business model," for Pacific Gas & Electric, as well as due to the continued proliferation of opt-out community choice aggregations and the attendant implications for the supplier of last resort function
Fellman expects such pressure to unleash a full discussion of related issues, including "options" for customers
Fellman noted that "competition" may be seen as a "troublesome" word in California, but that framing the issue as providing more "options" or "choice" provides an opportunity for an opening.