by Katy Grimes, E&E Legal Senior Media Fellow and California Globe Editor
As Appearing in the California Globe

CPUC saddles ratepayers with another $300 annually in electricity costs

California has some of the highest electricity rates in the country.

In April 2023 the Globe reported that Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric filed a proposal to create income-based utility billing.

The Legislature and Governor approved this scheme through AB 205, which was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in June of 2022 claiming it was needed because the wild swings in utility prices that California experiences.

Outrage from ratepayers and politicians across the state was swift, and eventually the plan was shelved – It is an election year after all. So naturally, a bipartisan effort to backtrack on the income-based utility rates was initiated.

But that didn’t end the scheming. The California Public Utilities Commission just approved a new scheme – and it won’t make Democrats or Gov. Newsom look more electable.

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