The “Taxpayers Right to Vote Act” would require local governments to obtain the approval of two-thirds of their voters before providing electricity to new customers or expanding such service to new territories if any public funds or bonds are involved, or before providing electricity through a community choice program if any public funds or bonds are involved.
Critics say PG&E is playing on populist themes in order to block local governments from abandoning the utility giant in favor of power contracts with smaller, greener energy producers – a movement that’s been gaining steam in recent years.
The proponents have until Dec. 21 to gather the 694,354 signatures needed to place this on the ballot next year. $750,000 ain’t chump change by any stretch of the imagination, but watch for PG&E to spend a whole lot more that that on this measure as time goes by.
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