Proposition Summary

ELECTRIC SERVICE PROVIDERS. REGULATION. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Subjects electric service providers, as defined, to control and regulation by California Public Utilities Commission. Imposes restrictions on electricity customers’ ability to switch from private utilities to other electric providers. Provides that registration by electric service providers with Commission constitutes providers’ consent to regulation. Requires all retail electric sellers, instead of just private utilities, to increase renewable energy resource procurement by at least 1% each year, with 20% of retail sales procured from renewable energy by 2010, instead of current requirement of 2017. Imposes duties on Commission, Legislature and electrical providers. SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE ANALYST'S ESTIMATE OF NET STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT FISCAL IMPACT: Potential annual state administrative costs ranging from negligible up to around $4 million for regulatory activities of the California Public Utilities Commission, paid for by fee revenues. Unknown net impact on state and local government costs and revenues due to the measure’s uncertain impact on retail electricity rates.

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Special Election

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Initiative Statute.

For Author

ROBERT FINKELSTEIN, Executive Director, The Utility Reform Network (TURN); RICHARD HOLOBER, Executive Director, Consumer Federation of California; NAN BRASMER, President, California Alliance of Retired Americans

Against Author

LES NELSON, President, California Solar Energy Industries Association; KARL GAWELL, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association; JAMES SWEENEY, Co-Director of the Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment Program at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Rebuttal Author

LES NELSON, President, California Solar Energy Industries Association; DOROTHY ROTHROCK, Co-Chair, Californians for Reliable Electricity; TONY VALENZUELA, Associate Vice President, Facilities, Development and Operations at San Jose State University

Rebuttal Against Author

MIKE MOWREY, International Vice-President, 9th District International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, AFL-CIO; HENRY L. (HANK) LACAYO, State President, Congress of California Seniors; STEVE BLACKLEDGE, Policy Director, California Public Interest Research Group (CalPIRG)