Environmental Equity

Environmental Equity

Auld Lang Zine

CA Current has been suffering worsening staff shortages so will not continue providing daily and weekly news on California energy decisions, breakthroughs, developments and dilemmas. We are so grateful to our faithful subscribers who enabled our virtual (maga)zine to have a wonderful 20-year run. Here is a brief history of Current: J.A. Savage and I […]

Air Regulators 2022 Scoping Plan to Slash Emissions is a Go

The California Air Resources Board unanimously approved Dec. 15 its newest climate plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 85% and putting the state on the path to carbon neutrality. It also seeks a 91% reduction by 2045 in natural gas use in buildings, a 71% cut in toxic air pollution, and a prohibition […]

CPUC Chops Solar Rooftop Payments & Adds Battery Incentives, Few are Happy

The California Public Utilities Commission approved on a 5-0 vote a controversial revision to the program that slashes payments for solar energy exported to the grid from small rooftop systems. The Net Energy Metering 3.0 program that goes into effect in April will apply to new systems, not existing ones. It will result in up […]

CPUC Approves $51M to PG&E for 3,000 Chargers

The California Public Utilities Commission voted 4-0 for Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan to spend $51 million of ratepayer funds for 2,822 new Level 2 and direct current fast chargers at apartments, public locations and workplaces. The day before, the California Energy Commission approved a whopping $3 billion funding plan to support the installation of […]

Civil Rights Group Sues over CA’s Ban on Gas-Fueled Vehicle Sales

The California Air Resources Board’s rules phasing out in-state sales of new gas powered cars and pick up trucks by 2035 is being challenged in federal court on equity grounds. The complaint filed Nov. 14 in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of California claims the prohibition will unduly harm low-income residents and […]

Regulators Project More Emission Cuts, Renewables and Electric Vehicles

The California Air Resources Board’s proposed update to its greenhouse gas reduction plan, released Nov. 16, expects an acceleration of the state’s transition to fossil free energy and vehicles to slash greenhouse gas emissions and health-harming smog. CARB’s updated scoping proposal estimates that climate pollution will be 85% below 1990 levels and smog forming pollution […]

Unprecedented Flush California Energy Commission Budget

The California Energy Commission budget is at an all time high, with $10.5 billion in new funding. This is by far “the most consequential” budget augmentation, said CEC Chair David Hochschild during an Oct. 24 meeting. “These investments will add incredible momentum” to California’s clean energy programs, he said. In addition to the $1.16 billion […]

Pacific Coast Leaders Reunite to Accelerate Clean Energy, Prioritize Equity

The heads of the three west coast states and British Columbia renewed and strengthened their vows made five years ago to reduce climate pollution and grow their economies. “The four of us have watched, smelled and suffered through the smoke of wildfires” worsened by climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) said at an Oct. 6 […]

New Laws Okay 100B for Utility Line Undergrounding & Construction CO2 Cuts

Among the numerous energy bills Gov. Gavin Newsom signed before the end of September deadline was SB 884, which allows utilities to spend up to $100 billion of ratepayer funds to bury overhead power lines in high fire risk regions. He also signed measures that set emission reduction standards for construction, require prevailing wages for […]

New Fossil Free Energy Laws Added to the Books

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed more energy bills to increase clean electricity resources in California, many with an emphasis on improving options for marginalized communities. Many more measures are on his desk that will become law whether signed or not by the end of this month, unless vetoed. Among the bills approved by Newsom are ones […]

CA Bans Sale of Gas Heating and Cooling Appliances, Others May Be Included

California is the first state in the U.S. to prohibit the purchase of natural gas-fueled water heaters, furnaces and air conditioners to advance building electrification and slash toxic air pollution and greenhouse gases. The ruling will come into effect in 2030, or possibly earlier. The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously Sept. 22 to halt […]

Extreme Events Force CA Leaders to Face “Necessary Evils” to Protect Grid

Growing concerns about California’s power system necessitates the recent extraordinary steps by legislators to safeguard reliability, a key member of the California Energy Commission told Current during a recent interview. Since California’s 2020 blackouts, state regulators have authorized new energy supply, but Gov. Newsom’s signing of AB 205/SB 122 June 30 will help meet additional […]

Air Regulators’ Climate Plan Must Cut More Emissions: Newsom Says

Gov. Gavin Newsom directed the California Air Resources Board to tighten its proposed plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by removing reliance on 10 GW of new natural gas-fired plants, and driving more offshore wind development, home electrification and clean transportation fuels, including for the aviation industry. But he supports the 2022 climate Scoping Plan’s […]

Bills Seek to Promote Community Solar and a Clean Energy Workforce

Legislation to build both community solar and a clean energy workforce and create a distributed generation fund was passed by the Senate Energy Utilities & Communications Committee June 27. California is a leader in clean energy but it’s way behind other states on community solar developments that enable renters and other solar have nots to […]

State Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan Update Faces Big Pushback

California will need carbon capture and sequestration, plus 10 gigawatts of new natural gas-fired power plants to become carbon neutral by 2045, according to the latest update of the state’s blueprint for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Much of the carbon capture and sequestration will involve better land management practices but also require using technology to […]

Energy Commission Okays $19M more in Grants

The California Energy Commission approved $19 million in grants this week to help commercialize clean energy projects, ranging from longer duration battery storage, electrification of industrial processes, and reductions of water and energy costs at low-income residences. On June 8, the CEC approved more than $8.3 million to three companies developing sustainable energy technologies as […]

Energy Commission Seeks Sizable Role in Distributed Energy Planning

The California Energy Commission launched its first proceeding to advance increased use of electric vehicles, solar systems, battery storage, and appliances that connect to the distribution grid and can fuel it. The action follows the California Public Utilities Commission’s first in a series of workshops to overhaul the utility distribution system to allow for surging […]

Bills Advancing Community Solar & Carbon Capture by Natural Lands Move Ahead

While the controversy over how much to pay owners of home rooftop solar projects for energy supplied to the grid and what to charge them for grid services rages on, legislation was passed promoting community solar projects. Half the output of these offsite solar arrays is to benefit low-income households. Defenders of state regulators’ proposal […]

Air Regulators Pitch Heavy Use of Carbon Capture to Slash Emissions by 2045

The California Air Resources Board’s draft update of its plan to cut greenhouse gases in the state would allow a significant increase in new gas-fired generation, rely on technologies to capture and store carbon and put off slashing emissions from fossil fuels to 2045. Last July, Gov. Gavin Newsom called on CARB to evaluate strategies […]

Stakeholders, Utility Unite in Face-Off with Regulators Over Arizona Just Energy Transition

Arizona Public Service (APS)  raised the national standard for a Just Energy Transition with its $144.45 million settlement with affected communities and tribal peoples in late 2020. The money was for assistance to communities impacted by the already-closed coal fueled 2,409 MW Navajo Generating Station and planned 2031 closures of the 2,270 MW Four Corners […]