2. Background

The commission shall allow individual retail nonresidential end-use customers to acquire electric service from other providers in each electrical corporation's distribution service territory, up to a maximum allowable total kilowatt hours annual limit.

1 See Decision (D.) 95-12-063, as modified by D.96-01-009 (1995) 64 Cal. PUC 2d 1, 24 (Preferred Policy Decision). The Legislature codified the Preferred Policy Decision in Assembly Bill (AB) 1890 (Stats. 1996, ch. 854) (AB 1890).

2 The net short is the difference between customer loads and the power already under contract to the utilities or generated from a utility-owned asset.

3 See D.01-09-060 and Pub. Util. Code §§ 366 or 366.5.

4 SB 695 was chaptered on October 11, 2009 and as urgency legislation, took effect immediately. Six months from the effective date of SB 695 is April 11, 2010.

5 Opening Comments and/or reply comments were filed by the California Alliance for Choice in Energy Solutions and the Alliance for Retail Energy Markets (CACES/AReM), the Direct Access Customer Coalition (DACC), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), BP America (BP), the California Large Energy Consumers Association (CLECA), California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA), Commercial Energy of California (CEC), the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), The Utility Reform Network (TURN), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Southern California Edison Company (SCE), the Safeway Parties (Safeway), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), Silicon Valley Leadership Group, School Project for Utility Rate Reduction, the California State Universities, and Customized Energy Solutions, LTD.

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