I think that I shall never see a policy as lovely as a tree, quoth state regulators as they imposed new parameters on utilities’ So Cal fire policies using the phrase “vegetation management” instead of lovely trees. And lovely for Edison management, the California Public Utilities Commission allowed a nearly 11% residential rate hike, at the same time funding the state’s utilities demand-response programs. Get thee air conditioners ratcheted down or else. What utilities taketh, they also giveth away to politicians. See who’s getting what in campaign contributions, with Sempra taking the lead in generosity. It’s s-l-o-w and hot at the state capitol. Politicians, no matter their contribution status, are taking the hammock route when it comes to legislation that could push utilities to buy more renewable energy. Increasing renewable energy to a 33% portfolio in Sacramento could mean iced tea and a cool fan instead of a wind turbine and solar panels.