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Tag Archives: California

California’s Cap-and-Trade Regulations Extended Through 2030 – A Victory for Climate Policy and Business Alike

Posted in California, Cap and Trade
On July 17, 2017, the California Assembly and the Senate voted to extend California’s Cap-and-Trade Program from 2021 to 2030 (Assembly Bill (“AB”) 398). Governor Brown is widely expected to sign the bill in the coming weeks. AB 398 is considered as a major win for Governor Brown and his commitment to fight climate change,… Continue Reading

Change is Coming for CPUC Procedures

Posted in California
Spring cleaning has come to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as it sets on a path to overhaul its Rules of Practice and Procedure. On May 4, 2017, Administrative Law Judge Wildgrube issued Draft Resolution ALJ-344 with the purpose of implementing statutory amendments pursuant to SB 215, reflecting changes in the CPUC’s administration, streamlining… Continue Reading

State Water Board Cleans Up Its Water Quality Enforcement Policy

Posted in California, Rulemakings, Water Law
 On August 4, 2016, the California State Water Resources Board (State Water Board) issued a draft rule amending its 2010 Water Quality Enforcement Policy. The proposed amendments are intended to provide additional clarity, allow disadvantaged communities to receive assistance with compliance matters akin to that provided under the current policy to facilities serving small communities,… Continue Reading

CPUC Implementation of the Renewables Portfolio Standard Beyond 2020 Begins

Posted in California, Renewables
– a dispatch from  California Energy attorney Vid Prabhakaran – The California Public Utilities Commission is revving itself up to take on the task of putting together a whole new set of procurement requirements to implement the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS)-related provisions of Senate Bill (SB) 350. As described in an earlier blog entry, SB… Continue Reading

Distributed Energy Resources – California Caught In Its Own Regulatory Web

Posted in California, Rulemakings
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has spent a great deal of time and effort to reach the very broad, generic, and long-term goal to: deploy distributed energy resources that provide optimal customer and grid benefits, while enabling California to reach its climate objectives. In fact, it took the CPUC nearly a full year to… Continue Reading

Senate Bill 350 Calls for Higher Renewables Portfolio Standard, Higher Energy Efficiency Targets, an Expanded System Operator, but No Petroleum Reduction Targets

Posted in California, Climate Change, Renewables
As most of you know by now, Senate Bill (“SB”) 350, the much-chronicled and debated Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, passed out of the California Legislature and is currently awaiting signature by Governor Brown.  The bill currently includes the following significant changes to California’s energy and climate goals:… Continue Reading

Governor Jerry Brown Calls for 50% Renewables by 2030

Posted in California, Renewables
Yesterday during Governor Brown’s inaugural address for his 4th term, the Governor announced 3 ambitious carbon-reduction goals. Increase from 33% to 50% electricity derived from renewable sources; Reduce today’s petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50%; and Double the efficiency of existing buildings and making heating fuels cleaner. Stay tuned. This means lots… Continue Reading

THE PACIFIC COAST ACTION PLAN ON CLIMATE AND ENERGY – WILL IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Posted in Climate Change, Environmental Quality, Northwest
By Craig Gannett and Mark Perlis Late last month, the Governors of California, Oregon, and Washington joined with the Premier of British Columbia to sign a Pacific Coast Climate Action Plan on Climate and Energy (PCAP).  Like its ill-fated predecessor, the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), the PCAP attempts to fill the void created by Congress’ failure… Continue Reading

CPUC Rejects Constitutional Challenge to RPS Rules

Posted in California, Renewables
In a matter of great interest to owners of renewable generating facilities throughout the West, the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) has finally responded to the constitutional challenge raised by Cowlitz PUD against the CPUC’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) rules.  In a decision issued on November 1, two and one-half years after Cowlitz raised the challenge,… Continue Reading

Direct Access Cap for 2013 in California filled in less than 45 Seconds

Posted in California, Uncategorized
In an initial report requested by industry groups, the Energy Division of the California Public Utilities Commission released the results of the January 13, 2012 Direct Access enrollment.   This enrollment represents the limited phase-in of direct access stemming from Senate Bill 695.  The results are eyepopping. A lucky 141 customers jumped from utility service… Continue Reading