A bill originally aiming only at restraining community choice aggregation, was amended to broaden it beyond that singular direction and voted out of the Senate Energy, Utilities, & Communications Committee June 11. \u201cThe bill adversely affects the future formation of community choice aggregators,\u201d Shawn Marshall, Local Energy Aggregation Network executive director, told the panel. AB 976 is authored by Assemblymember Isadore III Hall (D-Rancho Dominguez) and sponsored by the Coalition of California Utility Employees. It initially prohibited an entity that has been awarded a consulting services contract for forming community aggregation to turn around and be awarded the contract to perform aggregation after the entity was formed. The version amended June 11broadened the ban on consulting contracts to more than instances of community aggregation--although the final language was not available at press time. Marshall noted the California Public Utilities Commission and The Utility Reform Network oppose it. It passed 8-1. The committee also passed: AB 1755 by Assemblymember Henry Perea (D-Fresno) has the CPUC\u2019s California Alternate Rates for Energy provide rate relief for high tier users, such as those with air conditioning bills in the Central Valley. It passed 9-3. AB 2165 by Assemblymember Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) allows net metering for fuel cell energy. The question is what value fuel cells have, according to committee chair Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Van Nuys). \u201cBy their nature, they don\u2019t have as many megawatts to have the data to demonstrate value,\u201d he said. The vote was 11-2. AB 2516 by Assemblymember Steve Bradford (D-Inglewood) requires the California Independent System Operator to be as low-cost as possible and communicate with all the state\u2019s balancing authorities, such as munis. It directs the grid operator to clarify rate impacts. The bill was engendered from last fall\u2019s Southern California blackout. It passed 13-0. AB 2584 also by Bradford, requires utilities to cooperate with the CPUC on investigations and retain documents for five years. It was also a result of trying to cope with the Sept. 2011 blackout. The vote was 13-0.