A proposed decision by California Public Utilities Commission president Mike Peevey to allow fair competition between community choice aggregators and utilities was generally welcomed by Marin and San Francisco counties. The state\u2019s first community choice aggregator, Marin Energy Authority, in Dec. 10 comments, called Peevey\u2019s Nov. 20 proposal a \u201cstep forward in the development of a fair playing field.\u201d But, it wants assurances that this ruling is the first, not the last, on a code of conduct regulating how Pacific Gas & Electric and the other two investor-owned utilities interact with cities and counties that directly compete with the utilities on electricity sales. Marin \u201crecommends that the commission provide assurances to the communities pursuing and considering [community choice aggregation] that the commission will continue to incorporate rules \u2026necessary or convenient to facilitate\u201d aggregation programs. At the same time, it wants more clarity on cost expectations of utilities and aggregators, as well as the dropping of the requirement to \u201cmeet and confer.\u201d For unresolved disputes, Marin wants to be able to go directly to regulators. That mandate to \u201cmeet and confer\u201d with PG&E, Marin Energy asserted, could \u201cbe a barrier to quick and necessary action by the Commission.\u201d San Francisco, which approved a plan to compete with PG&E on electricity services in October, backs Marin. It also asks the commission to require private utilities that plan to market against a community aggregator spell out their plans in a Tier 3 Advice Letter filing to the CPUC. PG&E did not have strong objections to the proposed code of conduct but wants some restrictions loosened to ensure a \u201cfair and practical complaint process.\u201d The utility in its Dec. 10 filing to the commission insists discovery be allowed in ongoing disputes, and that time limitations be eased for disputes before the CPUC. \u201cFundamental due process and the facts may require more time for the filing of documentary evidence and prepared testimony,\u201d PG&E stated. It also objects to having to keep a written log of all calls with Marin on billing issues. The regulatory proposal seeks to implement SB 790, enacted last year. Lawmakers passed the measure after PG&E launched a failed ballot initiative--Proposition 30--that attempted to thwart community choice aggregation. The utility also aggressively fought Marin County\u2019s and San Francisco\u2019s community choice. If adopted the new regulation would also require that utilities only use \u201cindependent\u201d marketing entities to go up against aggregators, and on condition that shareholder not ratepayer funds be used.