We commend Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) for introducing legislation on June 23 to expand the Direct Access cap. The new legislation, Senate Bill 855, if enacted, will expand the Direct Access cap by the same amount, approximately 1000 to 1500 MWs that had been provided during the transitional reopening enacted in October 2009 under SB 695. That reopening is 95% to 100% subscribed statewide.
This will provide the opportunity for more California businesses and organizations to see competitive retail service and the competitive energy prices, improved customer service, and technological and product innovations that come with it.
Earlier this week, we held an educational webinar for our customers to learn more about the newly introduced bill. To view the slides that were presented during the session, go here.
The first hearing on the bill is expected to be held in the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee on July 5. Businesses and organizations can take action to help secure votes for the bill’s passage.
To show support, business electricity customers can:
–Send a letter to members of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee encouraging them to pass the bill in their committee. You can copy your own representative to ensure that he or she votes for it as well, when it comes before the full assembly and senate.
–You may sign onto a group letter that is being prepared for delivery to members of the Committee.
For more information about how to show your support, please leave me a comment and we will provide you with the letters that have been prepared. If you have any questions, please also feel free to leave me a comment. We are closely following this development, please check back for future updates.