California Utilities Required to Meet Public Benefit Obligation

On January 1, 1998, California's electric deregulation law -- Assembly Bill 1890 (AB 1890) -- went into effect. One element of AB 1890 is referred to as "Public Benefits." Public Benefits is a requirement of all California electric utilities that 2.85% of annual electric retail rate revenues to be spent in at least one of four areas:
  • Low Income Programs
  • Energy-Efficiency and Conservation Programs
  • Renewable Energy
  • Research, Development and Demonstration Projects
Every year, Burbank and ten other local cities work with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) to produce a report showing all the Public Benefits programs, budgets and expenditures. This report can be viewed on the SCPPA website.

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