California electricity choice may finally be changing in 2016. A California bill (SB 286) has been introduced into the California Senate that would allow all non-residential customers to have electric choice of suppliers. The bill would require the PUC to eliminate the existing caps on non-residential direct access load over a phase-in period not to exceed three years. All non-residential customers will be able to participate in electric choice at the end of the period. The phase-in period for California electricity choice shall commence by July 1, 2016, meaning that electric choice would be open to all non-residential customers by July 1, 2019 at the latest.
At present, there is a cap on what California businesses can obtain competitive electricity supply. We will post new information when it becomes available.