Category Archives: Energy

Legislature Extends Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program: AB 398 and AB 617

(Jessica Kirshner, a 2L at the University of San Diego School of Law, wrote this post.  It was minimally edited for publication.) AB 398 and AB 617 are the latest push by the legislature to meet SB 32’s greenhouse gas … Continue reading

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Exercising Discretion in CEQA EIR GHG Analysis: Cleveland National Forest v. SANDAG

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court issued a narrow opinion on the appeal by the San Diego Association of Government (SANDAG) of the appellate decision in Cleveland National Forest Foundation et al., v. San Diego Association of Government.  The California Supreme … Continue reading

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Are All RPS Compliance and RECs Created Equal?

(Many thanks to Meghan O’Brien for her research, analysis and writing for this post). EPIC has written a series of blogs on the role of renewable energy credits (“RECs”) in various policy mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (“GHG”), such … Continue reading

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Legislative Update June 2017

The deadline for bill to pass out of their house of origin occurred on June 1, 2017.  The following is a short list of important bills that met this deadline as well as two pieces of legislation that may move … Continue reading

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Third Appellate District Upholds CARB’s Cap-and-Trade Auction Authority under AB 32

Today, the Third Appellate District affirmed the Sacramento Superior Court judgment from 2013 that dismissed two consolidated lawsuits filed by the California Chamber of Commerce and Morning Star Packing Co against the California Air Resources Board (CARB).  These cases attacked … Continue reading

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2017 Legislative Session: Two Bills Seek to Amend the Solar Rights Act relating to HOAs

Two recently amended bills, AB 634 and SB 522, address issues faced by residential property owners who live in common interest developments that seek to install rooftop solar.  Both bills would amend the Solar Rights Act, but for different purposes.  … Continue reading

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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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