California Electricity Deregulation

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  • On March 21, 2002, and retroactive to September 20, 2001, the California Public Utilities Commission voted 3-2 to end Californians' right to choose their own electricity suppliers. Consumers in California who entered into electricity supply contracts with competitive power providers prior to September 20, 2001 will be permitted to keep those deals in force until the expiration of the contract term. Although electricity supply cost savings are no longer available in California, Good Energy can help consumers of electricity save money on their power costs by implementing electricity demand management programs such as lighting retrofits, peak shaving and load monitoring. Call us today at (866) 955-2677 to schedule your no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help your business save money on power costs.
  • Jan/00: As of January 15, 2000, the PUC reports 209,752 direct access customers (2.1%) out of 10,157,716 possible utility distribution customers. The direct access customers represent 13.8% of the total load. Almost one-third of the demand by large industrial customers is being served by competitive companies, whereas only about 2.1% of residential load is on direct access.
  • June/99: As of May 31, 1999, the PUC reports that 135,493 CA consumers (about 1.3%) have switched electricity providers. The breakdown by customer class is: 92,904 residential consumers or about 1.1%; 26,942 small commercial (2.8%); 11,652 large commercial (5.9%); 1,002 large industrial (20.6%); 2,977 agricultural (2.5%); and 16 unknown. About half of the consumers who have switched suppliers have opted for "green" power, electricity generated from environmentally acceptable methods, such as wind, solar, and geothermal.
  • Oct/98: Based on CPUC data, New Energy Ventures, a retail electricity marketer, calculated it has won about 40 % of the 13,648 gWh load being served by non-utility energy service providers.
  • April/98: The CA PUC issued the final order to open the retail market on 3/31/98; all consumers in investor-owned territories could choose alternative electricity suppliers.