Policy & Popcorn: “The Rise of Consumer Choice in California’s Electric Sector”

About the Session
After its disastrous experiment with energy deregulation at the turn of the millennium, California largely abandoned electric retail choice and embraced a return to the regulated utility model. In the ensuing two decades, however, several policies have moved the state further toward an open market, with new customer options in the form of rooftop solar companies, third-party energy service providers, and, recently and most notably, local government providers known as Community Choice Aggregators. This talk will provide a high-level overview of these three eras of utility regulation — the vertically integrated utility of the twentieth century, the competitive utility of the deregulation era, and the newly competitive utility of the twenty-first century — exploring both the history and the broad policy considerations of each period.