Will California consider full retail electricity choice?

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California’s top regulator says it’s time to consider full retail electricity choice.

Green Tech Media
Contact: Stephen Lacey

As if California’s electric grid isn’t already changing fast enough, the state’s leading regulator says it’s probably time to change even faster.

In an interview on this week’s Interchange podcast, Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, said that he believes the state should consider liberalizing its retail electricity market in order to broaden customer choice.

California electricity consumers are already facing more options than ever before as rooftop solar, community choice aggregation, community solar and demand response offerings spread. But the system is balkanized. Why not develop a cohesive market structure allowing consumers to more easily choose their energy retailer?

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