LEGISLATURE PULLS THE PLUG, KILLS MONOPOLY PROTECTION BILL

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By Miriam Raftery

September 2, 2014 (Sacramento)--On Friday, the California Senate closed its annual legislative session. Not a single Senator would sponsor AB 2145, which opponents had dubbed the “anti-competitive Monopoly Power Grab Act,” so the bill is now dead.

The measure, authored by Assemblyman Steven Bradford, would have undermined efforts in San Diego to create an alternative to San Diego Gas & Electric under community choice energy law.

The San Diego Energy District seeks to form such an alternative and is now looking for nominees from business and labor to form a broad Planning and Advisory Committee.  The Energy District aims to accelerate formation of an alternative Clean Energy District, following best practices of other cities that have already implemented clean power community choice programs.

The Energy District also aims to help consumers reduce utility rates and stimulate innovation in energy storage, so that our region won’t need costly fossil fuel-powered gas plants that SDG&E proposes – plants that would create greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.

For more information or to nominate someone for the Planning and Advisory Committee, visit www.SanDiegoEnergyDistrict.org.