California is the largest electricity consuming state in the United States. Some of the challenges include their dependence on imports from other states for up to 1/3 of its annual demand, they have high-cost in-state generation and strict environmental rules, and relatively little fuel delivery infrastructure. With long-term high-priced contracts, California has the highest priced electricity in the country.
Deregulation in California included the state's three largest investor-owned utilities: Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). As it was not required by California law, most municipal utilities and electric cooperatives opted out. This covered a majority of the highly populated areas with the exception of LA and Sacramento. There were 6 important parts with electricity deregulation in California which you can learn more here: Features of Deregulation in California.
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