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Opinionated: Transformation at The Grid’s Edge

19 Jun

By Fereidoon Sioshansi Donald Rumsfeld, the former US Defense Secretary, referring to developments following the Iraq invasion famously said, in war, “Stuff happens,” suggesting that much of what happens is unpredictable and not necessarily pleasant. Similarly, in the electric power sector these days, stuff is happening – generally characterized by buzzwords including industry transformation, grid […]

Carbon Trading or Tax?

19 Jan

The fate of the carbon cap-and trade reauthorization is uncertain but California’s political leaders have no plans to back down from decreasing the state’s greenhouse gases, including using other reduction “mechanisms,” Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said Jan. 17. Presumably that includes adoption of a state carbon tax. (more…)

CLIMATE ROUNDUP: Major Public Transit Measure Passes in Bay Area

10 Nov

  Voters in three San Francisco Bay Area counties approved a $3.5 billion infrastructure bond to upgrade the Bay Area Rapid System, exceeding the two-thirds vote requirement. Measure RR won 70.86 percent of the vote in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties. Of the approved bond, $1.2 billion is to be spent modernizing the […]

Methane Rule Costs May Hurt Low-Income Customers, Say Utilities

3 Nov

  State environmental regulators Nov. 3 called for using the “social cost of methane” as a yardstick for determining emissions control requirements for energy utilities’ and in-state pipeline companies’ natural gas transmission and distribution systems. (more…)

JUICE: A Letter from Bell to CARB

6 Oct

Editor’s Note: Since returning to California in 1988, Bill Kelly has frequently visited Bell and other communities in Southeast Los Angeles County in various professional capacities, including as the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s spokesperson for 12 years. The city of Bell is surrounded by polluting industries unlike where he lives and raised his […]

CPUC Bars Incentives for Fossil Fuel Demand Response

29 Sep

The California Public Utilities Sept. 29 prohibited demand response incentives for fossil fueled resources, under a rulemaking approved on a 4-0 vote. (more…)

JUICE: Acting Locally, Thinking Globally

22 Sep

“The world will not achieve its climate goals without cities leading the way,” the Mayor of Oakland said during a Sept. 16 conference on climate change and social equity. (more…)

Overcoming the “Green Divide”

15 Sep

Significantly improved transparency, accountability, and data collection are needed to ensure California achieves the climate equity targets articulated in the newly signed climate protection bills, according to a coalition of environmental justice and labor union advocates. (more…)

Major Climate Protection Bills Become Law

8 Sep

Under a hot sun, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two intertwined bills Sept. 8 that require further reductions in the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and direct more resources to curbing climate change’s impacts in struggling communities subjected to air pollution from heavy industries and freeways. (more…)