Herrera: Don’t try to sway consumers, PG&E 

City Attorney Dennis Herrera has accused Pacific Gas & Electric Co. of targeting San Franciscans in a campaign to protect its monopoly.

Herrera today “petitioned the California Public Utilities for tougher regulations to prohibit electric utilities from engaging in marketing campaigns and other abuses of their monopoly position to undermine Community Choice Aggregation, a program intended to enable local governments to develop cleaner, renewable energy sources and ultimately stabilize consumers’ electricity costs.”

Supervisor Bevan Dufty had warned of this in October.

“A PG&E-controlled political committee last month targeted San Franciscans in a direct mail campaign that savaged The City’s consumer choice plan as a ‘risky scheme’ that ‘will establish new bureaucracy,’ and enroll unwilling customers ‘whether you like it or not,’” the city attorney said in a statement.

The statement also added, “Last October, a PG&E Corp. executive vowed to shareholders that the company would ‘stand up and resist efforts to take over our customers, and those efforts by municipal government.’”

PG&E was also the “primary financial backer of a proposed statewide ballot measure to impose a two-thirds majority vote requirement to authorize a wide variety of energy services programs, including CCA -- an all-but insurmountable electoral burden,” Herrera’s release said.

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