Elections 2010 |

Proposition 16 to decide whether to place new restrictions on public utilities

KPCC's Molly Peterson did a series last week about the debate over Proposition 16:

Part 1: Debate over the proper role of public power drives Proposition 16
Part 2: Utilities' market strategies reflected in Prop 16's political debate

Representatives from both sides also appeared on KPCC's "AirTalk."

Proposition 16, largely fund by PG&E's parent company, seeks to place new restrictions on the way local governments can expand the public utilities they offer. The proposition would require a two-thirds vote of the electorate in order for a public utility to expand service into a new area.

Prop 16 would also likely slow or stop community choice aggregation. As KPCC's Molly Peterson put it in her piece, "A community choice aggregation sets policy for buying or generating power, while using the existing utility's poles and lines at a cost."

From the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office:

A YES vote on this measure means: Local governments would generally be required to receive two-thirds voter approval before they could start up electricity services or expand electricity service into a new territory.

A NO vote on this measure means: Local governments generally could continue to implement proposals involving the start-up or expansion of electricity service either through approval by a majority of voters or actions by governing boards.

You can read more of the analysis by the Legislative Analyst's Office here.

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