by Justin Gerdes, Greentech Media
California officials grappling with the fallout from devastating wildfires and the fate of embattled utility Pacific Gas & Electric will soon have to answer another weighty question: Should the state’s utilities get out of the business of buying and selling electricity?
And, if so, what should be the default electricity provider for customers who opt out of community-choice aggregation (CCA) programs?
In San Diego, the community-choice energy movement that has flourished in Northern California is ready to take root. In response, regional utility San Diego Gas & Electric is looking to quit the electricity procurement business entirely, and effectively become a poles and wires company.