Category Archives: Renewable Energy

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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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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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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Does Your Rooftop Solar System Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? It Depends…

At first glance this is a pretty straight forward issue. If you put solar modules on your home or business, you are generating clean, emissions-free electricity. Right? Well, it depends…in part on how you paid for your system. If you … Continue reading

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