In 1996, the California State Assembly signed AB 1890 and in 1998, the bill
became law. The primary objective of AB 1890 was to deregulate the energy
industry and create competitive markets. However, the legislation also
required all utilities, publicly-owned and investor-owned, to establish
programs that met certain "public benefits."
public benefit programs are required to be in at least one of four
Services provided for low-income
customers, including rate discounts.
Demand-side management services to
promote energy efficiency and conservation (e.g. residential
and commercial rebates for
New investment in
development and demonstration programs to advance science and
Every year, PWP submits a Public Benefits
report to the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) that
summarizes expenditures by program for the most recent fiscal year as well
as cumulative spending by program since 1997. Please click the following
link to the SCPPA website to review the most recent Public Benefits report.
2004/05 PWP Public Benefits Report*
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