California Lawmakers Slow Gas Unbundling Efforts

California lawmakers, responding to pressure from utilities andutility employee unions, have enacted a law outlawing customerchoice for residential and small commercial natural gas customersuntil at least the year 2000. The new law (SB 1602) passed in thewaning days of the 1998 legislative session and signed by Gov.Wilson Tuesday prohibits the California Public UtilitiesCommission, which pushed through restructuring of the electricindustry, from moving ahead with gas unbundling . Between now and2000 the CPUC can continue to investigate and talk about choice forsmall customers, but it cannot take any actions without gettinglegislative authorization.

August 27, 1998
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