Pacific Gas and Electric, Inc. (PG&E) established its Solar Choice program pursuant to Senate Bill 43 (Wolk, 2014) that created the Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program. This program enables the three large utilities in the state to offer programs to their customers that credit their accounts for payments to support solar facilities constructed in the utility’s service territories, and to offer other increased renewable energy options.
Community Choice Energy proponents have consistently argued that choice and competition in the electricity market are fundamentally good. This argument extends as well to PG&E’s Solar Choice Program. PG&E’s step to compete in the market instead of opposing Community Choice through ballot initiatives and legislation is a positive sign.