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California Utilities Fact Sheet

California has been a partially deregulated energy state since 2009, when Senate Bill 695 permitted limited private market activity in energy. As of 2020, gas is deregulated and consumers can pick and choose from private companies. Electric still comes either from investor-owned utility companies or Community Choice Aggregators.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is responsible for regulating California utilities including water, energy (electric), natural gas, and telecom companies.

19 Community Choice Providers in California
1.5M Utility customers on SDG&E service
AB 56 regulation creates a central buyer for green energy
800% increase in CA energy costs in 2000 due to poor regulatory management
3 investor-owned utilities in California: PG&E, SDG&E, and SoCalGas
$50B/year spent on utilities regulated by the CPUC

Consumer Utility Guides

Our guides help consumers understand and benefit from public utilities in the state of California. Articles posted to do not constitute legal advice and are for informational purposes only.

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How to Set Up Utilities in Los Angeles

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How to Set Up Utilities Before a Move in California

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Water Utility Policy For Tenants & Landlords In California

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Utility Gas Service In California: Tenant & Landlord Policy

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