Investor-owned utilities have long had a contentious relationship with these fast-spreading government power agencies — which now serve more than 10 percent of energy demands across California.
The war between the first community choice program, Marin Clean Energy, and Pacific Gas & Electric resulted in a state prohibition on utilities using ratepayer dollars to influence whether a city adopts the public-energy program.
Since January, SDG&E, PG&E and Southern California Edison have jointly petitioned the Public Utilities Commission to lift the ban on lobbying. It’s not clear when, if at all, the commission will rule on the request.
The huge 1 percent top down controlled monopolies are at war with bottoms up community based energy choice groups who want a clean, sustainable, democratic, 100 percent renewable energy future, not a race to extinction via coal, oil and nuclear.