Anger Builds Over Sweeping Change In How Californians Pay for Electricity

By Bo Beard | May 12, 2024

The bill

Two years ago, with minimal debate, state legislators passed a comprehensive energy bill that brought about a significant shift in how electricity is billed for the majority of Californians.

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The bill aligned with Pacific Gas & Electric's request to the state public utilities commission three months prior, aiming to revamp electric rates by introducing a fixed monthly charge for households in exchange for lower rates per kilowatt-hour consumed.

Governor Gavin Newsom

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Governor Gavin Newsom included the bill in a substantial 2022 budget revision. Within four days, it swiftly progressed through an Assembly committee hearing without deliberation, gained approval from both the Assembly and Senate, and was signed into law by Newsom.