California Proposition 80 (2005)

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California Proposition 80 was a proposition on the ballot for California voters in a special election to be held November 8, 2005. Of the eight propositions on the ballot, all of which failed, Proposition 80 failed by the largest margin, with 2,580,536 (34.4%) yes votes and 4,920,679 (65.6%) no votes.[1]

Despite being on the special election called by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the measure was not related to the Schwarzenegger initiatives, nor was the placement on the November ballot intended by proponents.

Text from California Voter Information Guide[edit]

Electric Service Providers. Regulation. Initiative Statute.

Summary[edit]

Subjects electric service providers to regulation by California Public Utilities Commission. Restricts electricity customers' ability to switch from private utilities to other providers. Requires all retail electric sellers to increase renewable energy resource procurement by 2010.

Fiscal Impact: Potential annual administrative costs ranging from negligible to $4 million, paid by fees. Unknown net impact on state and local costs and revenues from uncertain impact on electricity rates.

What Your Vote Means[edit]

A YES vote on this measure means: The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) would have broadened authority to regulate electric service providers. The PUC's current policies related to the electricity procurement process, resource adequacy requirements, and the renewables portfolio standard would be put into law. Small electricity customers in existing buildings could not be required to accept time-differentiated electricity rates without their consent. The current prohibition on new "direct access" for electricity service would be continued beyond 2015.

A NO vote on this measure means: The PUC would not have broadened authority to regulate electric service providers. The PUC's current policies related to the electricity procurement process, resource adequacy requirements, and the renewables portfolio standard would not be put into law. The PUC would determine whether and how small electricity customers in existing buildings would be required to have time-differentiated electricity service. New "direct access" for electricity service would continue to be prohibited until 2015, after which time it would be allowed.

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