Summer is right around the corner, and that has California’s energy regulators prepping to meet the state’s increased electricity demand in June, July and August. They are also trying to design a regulatory framework to ensure that the lights stay on and the markets remain stable which is becoming more difficult as energy supplies decentralize.
The state wants to avoid end of the world scenarios — precisely like the ones that killed the electricity market in 2000-2001.
Solar energy has been a big game changer for homeowners, and rooftop solar panels make it harder to maintain a centralized grid and to serve reliably those who can’t afford to “detach.”
Michael Picker, California Public Utilities Commission president says it all comes down to choice for consumers.
“I think people want to have choice. The question in California is how much choice do they want and what’s the best way for them to get it and what do we have to do to make sure the system stays rock solid.”
.Picker was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
Sharon Reardon, KABC News