The California Public Utilities Commission has voted to investigate the battle between the state's largest utility companies and renewable energy providers, some of which are here in our Imperial Valley.
If the investigation is done fairly, it could lead to a resolution of the power debate between the renewables and the utilities. That is a big if, and it is a matter with which we are concerned.
The PUC investigation, according to documents from the commission, will look at why some renewable energy providers have stopped operations. The investigation also will look at the CalEnergy lawsuit against Southern California Edison that resulted in CalEnergy suspending its contract with Edison and selling its power on the open market.
From the sound of it, the investigation is designed to be one-sided, with the focus on renewable energy providers. Carl Wood, the PUC commissioner who called for the investigation, said recently that is not the case. He said the investigation will not simply focus on renewables but will look at the role of those utilities that failed to make payments or only made partial payments to the renewables for a period of five months.