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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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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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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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GHG Emission Targets v. Limits: The Constitutionality of Executive Orders S-3-05 and B-30-15

Recently, Legislative Counsel Dian F. Boyer wrote an opinion answering questions from State Senator Jean Fuller of California’s 16th Senate District regarding California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (commonly known as AB 32) and Executive Branch Authority. The nonbinding … Continue reading

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Water Reliability and Renewable Energy Overgeneration

The issue of renewable energy integration and overgeneration is square and center in California. The California System Operator (CAISO) along with other state regulators have studied or commissioned third-party studies to evaluate both the scope of overgeneration and means to … Continue reading

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Constitutional Reform of the California Public Utilities Commission

Assembly Members Gatto, Levine, and Wilk introduced a bipartisan State Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 11 on March 9, 2016 to reform the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). What does this proposed constitutional amendment mean for California and for the CPUC?

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June 2015 Legislative Update: CPUC, CEC, and Utility Reform

The following sections summarize proposed bills that have passed their house of origin with an emphasis on CPUC, CEC, and Utility reform measures.  Emphasis is given to proposed changes to Ex Parte rules. A. California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) Reform: … Continue reading

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