The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC)
Sacramento, California — A consumer group outraged at
spiraling electric bills wants to put a ballot initiative before
voters that would reverse the 1996 law deregulating California’s
Harvey Rosenfield of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer
Rights said Tuesday that the initiative would place electrical
utilities under the authority of a citizens’ review board and set
up a public agency to operate the state’s power grid.
Utilities denounced the plan, saying it would create
bureaucracy but do little to develop energy supplies.
“Deregulation can work if all parties – the regulators, the
out-of-state generators, the consumer groups, the utilities –
work together appropriately,” said Ron Low, Pacific Gas and
Electric Co. spokesman.