California Customer Choice:  

An Evaluation of Regulatory Framework Options for an Evolving Electric Market


In 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission commenced an inquiry into the many changes occurring in California's electric sector. The May 19, 2017 en banc hearing identified risks and opportunities for California moving toward policies allowing more choices for electric service customers.

As the electric sector experiences rapid changes, the Commission formed the California Customer Choice Project to examine the issues and develop a white paper evaluating California's current market.

On May 3, 2018, the California Customer Choice Project issued its draft paper entitled, California Customer Choice: An Evaluation of Regulatory Framework Options for an Evolving Electricity Market. This draft paper is also referred to as the "Green Book." The Green Book is designed to initiate a policy conversation among a wide range of stakeholders and interests about the future of California's electricity market, rather than make specific recommendations.  Over the past year, the California Customer Choice team has reviewed the history of competition and choice in California, including the California Energy Crisis, evaluated the current regulatory construct, and analyzed selected markets to provide lessons learned for California. This draft paper will inform the next stage of the process to gather input before issuing a final paper.  California must consider how to shape this new environment in a way that continues to ensure reliable, clean, and affordable electricity for customers and equitable treatment for all market participants.

  •  Public Comments on the draft report will be due on June 11, 2018  
  • En Banc (Commissioners) will be held on June 22, 2018
    • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
    • Although a quorum of Commissioners, their advisors and other decision-makers may be present, no action will be taken. In addition to a quorum of Commissioners from the CPUC, California Energy Commissioners have been invited to participate as well.
    • Additional information to be provided.


Direct inquiries on all aspects of the California Customer Choice project to:


Archive of the public materials related to the California Customer Choice Project


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