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The Season for Climate Action: Paris Agreement and City of San Diego Climate Action Plan

The Draft Decision -/CP.21 known as the “Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change” was adopted by consensus of 195 countries on December 12, 2015 at COP21 and includes the Paris Agreement an Annex to the … Continue reading

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Addressing the Role of Electric Vehicles in Greenhouse Gas Reduction: California Independent System Operator Action

Source: Kempton and Tomic 2005. Journal of Power Sources This is the third post in a series looking at legislative and regulatory action addressing Electric Vehicle (EV) greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions(See previous posts on the CPUC and State Legislative … Continue reading

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COPs and CAPs: Goals for stabilization of carbon emissions

The COP21 talks and events started on Monday November 30, 2015. Though California is not a nation, and therefore not a member of the UNFCCC, there are 8 California lawmakers accompanying Governor Brown to the Conference. While the US government, … Continue reading

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Half-Empty Planes: Utilization Rates for California’s Electric Grid Part II

In Part I of this post, we discussed the concept of asset utilization — or load factor — and looked at recent trends for California’s investor-owned utilities (IOU). The trend over the past two decades for IOU load factors has been … Continue reading

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June 2015 Legislative Update: Energy Procurement, Net Energy Metering, Electric Vehicle Chargers, and Green House Gas (GHG) regulation.

A. Direct Access (DA): SB 286 SB 286 would require a 2nd phase-in period to expand individual retail nonresidential end-use customers direct transactions over a period not to exceed 3 years, raising the allowable limit of kilowatthours that can be … Continue reading

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How to Allocate GHG Emissions Reductions Among Mitigation Measures

Climate planning is a relatively new science.  And like all sciences still in their infancy, numerous methodologies exist for accomplishing essentially the same task. There are many aspects to developing a climate plan, however aspects fundamental to all climate plans include: … Continue reading

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Petitions to Re-Hear Denied: The Low Carbon Fuel Standard Still Stands Intact

(Many thanks to Joseph Mandry for his research and writing for this post). On January 22, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied petitions to rehear Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Corey, en banc. Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. … Continue reading

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World Energy Consumption Will Increase 56% by 2040

Yesterday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released it’s annual International Energy Outlook 2013, in which it projects that world energy consumption will increase 56% by 2040. The report cites growth in the developing world as a primary cause for … Continue reading

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Surviving Sub One-Percent Growth — The Choices Facing the Utilities

Coping with Sub-One Percent Growth Ahmad Faruqui[1] The Great Recession ended in 2009.  The economic recovery from the recession has been anemic at best.  Some have even argued that there has been no recovery. This is particularly true for electric … Continue reading

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