Author Archives: Joe Kaatz

About Joe Kaatz

Staff Attorney at the Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law.

AB 79: Quantifying Hourly GHG Emissions from Unspecified Electric Generation Sources

Accurately quantifying and allocating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the causal load is a fundamental practice in climate planning.  Emissions from unspecified sources remains a blind spot in accurately quantifying and accurately allocating GHG emissions in GHG emission calculations. We … Continue reading

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Preparing for A Generation of Electric Vehicles: Incentives and Infrastructure Development

Growing popularity of zero and near-zero emission vehicles among consumers and car manufacturers has not gone unnoticed by the legislature.  The 2017 legislative session revealed a push in favor of increasing the amount of such vehicles in the State through … Continue reading

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2017 Legislative Session Take-Away: Major Focus on Low-Income and Disadvantaged Communities

In the 2017 legislative session, there is a clear trend that shows the intent to focus and prioritize energy and climate policy for low-income and disadvantaged communities.  This post will provide a short analysis on the priorities broken down by … Continue reading

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Emerging Issues Between the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act and the Solar Rights Act

With the growing installation of solar photovoltaic systems in California, more homeowner’s associations (HOAs) are using a specific provision of the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act (DSA) (Civil Code Section 4000 et seq.) to regulate the installation of rooftop solar … Continue reading

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GHG Emissions Reporting in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) Energy Imbalance Market (EIM)

On Monday, the CAISO hosted a call to review the Draft GHG Emission Tracking Report and methodology paper that explains the draft’s preliminary results.  The report shows estimated GHG emissions for dispatch of internal CAISO resources, net imports (including dynamic … Continue reading

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AB 1110: GHG Emission Intensity Reporting for Electricity, Causation, and the Problem of Electricity from Unspecified Power

The issue of accurately attributing greenhouse gases (GHG) to the load that caused the emission remains a difficult issue for GHG accounting.  We previously posted about causation as the basis for attributing GHG emissions from electricity. In this post, we … Continue reading

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SB 32 and AB 197: Future GHG Reduction Targets and Oversight

The Legislature enrolled SB 32 and AB 197 on August 25, 2016.  These bills create both the future target that will govern GHG emission reduction programs and a higher level of legislative oversight over the California Air Resources Board (CARB).  … Continue reading

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Tracking GHG Emissions in a Regional ISO: California Stands Alone in the West

When the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) released its original Proposed Principles of Governance for a regional independent system operator (ISO), it included a proposal for the development of a methodology to track and account for emissions that are attributable … Continue reading

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Federal Housing Administration Issues Guidance on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), part of the executive branch’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), recently issued guidance on PACE financing programs (read the full press release here).  The FHA provides mortgage insurance on loans made by FHA-approved … Continue reading

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AB 2188 Implementation Report: A Review of Ordinances Adopted by Local Jurisdictions in California

This post follows the release of the first statewide assessment of AB 2188 in the form of a AB 2188 Implementation Report.  This assessment provides a snap shot in time of AB 2188 implementation across the state of California based … Continue reading

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