California’s regulators see a disruption coming that may not be exactly like the 2000-2001 energy crisis, but could have bigger, wider impacts.
The customer choice movement has added dozens of new power providers into the mix. Their inexperience and uncertain place in the regulatory scheme threatens the ability of regulators and policymakers to keep the state's focus on growing clean energy and cutting emissions. Some say it even threatens the state power system's reliability and affordability.
A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) report said 2017-2018 changes in renewables procurement could be "early warning signs" of a new energy crisis. A leader of the customer choice movement sees a plan already in place to prevent another crisis and says current challenges do not stem from the expanding choice movement.
As the customer choice movement expands, California's energy sector stakeholders continue to struggle with what CPUC President Michael Picker told Utility Dive is "scar tissue" from the state's 2000-2001 energy crisis.