452 Energy articles


Legislative environment cools on global warming legislation
 Aug. 5, 2016

In less than 24 hours, the prospect of a climate change deal went from 50-50 to slim-to-none. Public statements don't always tell the story, but in the last two days Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon indicated that he did not see the need to rush ...
Aliso Canyon report paints dark picture for L.A. energy
 April 8, 2016

Several state agencies that deal with aspects of California's energy policy and planning process jointly developed a report that indicates customers in the L.A. Basin could face upwards of 14 days of electrical service disruption in the coming ...
Threat of Aliso Canyon extended shutdown still on the table as Governor, legislators debate solution
 March 18, 2016

Last month, the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) successfully plugged the month’s long leak at the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility near the community of Porter Ranch, northwest of Los Angeles, bringing to a close the first phase in ...
CMTA talks climate change on Politics on Tap
 March 11, 2016

Recently I joind Assemblyman Bill Quirk on Capitol Weekly's Politics on Tap video series to discuss California's climate change policies. We discussed ways to ensure the state's economic and technogical leadership. The entire discussion ...
Urgency legislation threatens Southern California energy reliability
 Feb. 12, 2016

Californians living in the Southern California community of Porter Ranch can breathe a little better today now that the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has, at least, temporarily plugged the leaking natural gas well at the Aliso Canyon ...
Climate Change debate heats up with arrival of summer
 June 26, 2015

The first hearing for a key piece of the Senate Democrats Climate Change Package is set for the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee on July 6th. SB 350 by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) proposes a series of ...
Release: Manufacturers comment on new proposed CA climate change goals
 June 3, 2015

PRESS RELEASE June 3, 2015 Media contact: Gino DiCaro 916-498-3347   Sacramento, CA — California Manufacturers & Technology Association President Dorothy Rothrock issued the following statement today regarding the ...
Senate energy bill leads CA down wrong road
 April 2, 2015

On Wednesday, April 8th, the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee will hear SB 350 by Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León that gives blank check authority to the California Air Resources Board (ARB), the California ...
Two reports make headlines
 March 20, 2015

Two reports made headlines this week.     1. The Californians for Affordable and Reliable Energy (CARE) released a report on the impacts of energy policy on costs and how those cast could affect the San Diego region:   From CARE: ...
Looking Ahead: Post-2020 climate change
 March 13, 2015

2015 promises to be an exciting year on the climate change and energy policy fronts. With many eyes set on the Paris conference later this year, some California leaders are committed to bringing a major new goal to keep the state in the perceived ...
Senate Democrats propose new climate change legislation
 Feb. 12, 2015

Earlier this week, Senate Democrats announced a plan to implement an interpretation of Governor Jerry Brown’s ambitious plan to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The plan announced on the East Lawn of the State Capitol Building ...
Report Outlines Criteria for Post-2020 Climate, Energy Policy
 Dec. 18, 2014

A new report released this week outlined several conditions that must be met in order to craft the most economically responsible post-2020 climate change program for California and help ensure that the state creates a model other jurisdictions will ...
CPUC Chief Peevey to Step Down
 Oct. 16, 2014

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) longtime CPUC president Michael Peevey has announced plans to step down under the shadow of several probes into communications associated with the 2010 San Bruno gas line explosion that killed eight ...
Back and forth on 'Fuels under the Cap'
 Aug. 28, 2014

Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) wrote a letter to Assemblyman Henry Perea (D-Fresno) informing him that the Senate would not hear AB 69 (Perea) to delay putting “fuels under the cap” (FUTC) in the cap-and-trade ...
Climate change bill transforms
 Aug. 21, 2014

An end-of-session gut and amend has taken over a bill, SB 605 (Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens and Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills). It now creates a new program directing the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to create a strategy and implement ...
Manufacturers, Wind & Biomass energy groups oppose CA's geothermal bill
 Aug. 15, 2014

This week, CMTA joined forces with the California Wind Energy Association and the California Biomass Energy Alliance to oppose SB 1139, a bill that would require California energy retailers to purchase 500 megawatts of new geothermal power. The bill ...
Corporate disclosure for Cap-and-Trade needs fixing
 July 25, 2014

This week a dozen companies and associations, including CMTA, told Air Resources Board (ARB) Mary Nichols that the Board should issue a “regulatory advisory” suspending three new disclosure requirements in the cap-and-trade ...
Delay of "fuels under the cap" introduced
 July 18, 2014

While the official bill introduction deadline has long past, AB 69 has been substantially amended by Assemblyman Henry Perea (D-Fresno) to address the state’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The bill would delay for three years the ...
Marginal Cost Analysis for post 2020 climate policy in doubt
 June 26, 2014

CMTA has been working on AB 2050 (Bill Quirk, D-Hayward) to require the Air Resources Board to conduct the full range of economic assessments needed to guide post 2020 climate policies.  We are disappointed that a marginal cost analysis is not ...
Energy Plan bill not heard
 June 20, 2014

CMTA would like the California Energy Commission to develop a long term energy plan for California as a complement to the long range plan for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions done by the California Air Resources Board. A bill to require such a plan ...
Community choice for electricity at risk
 June 13, 2014

There is a new “poison pill” bill before the California State Legislature, AB 2145 (Steven Bradford, D-Gardena) that will cripple an existing program called Community Choice Aggregation, in short CCA, that many Californians are using to ...
California @ 50 million report
 June 6, 2014

This week CMTA and other organizations are recommending that California adopt new and improved metrics to analyze the effectiveness of our environmental and economic goals. Our comments on the Office of Planning and Research’s  ...
Post 2020 climate policies teed up
 May 23, 2014

California’s climate change program will reach an important benchmark when we achieve 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Now legislators and regulators are considering what issues should drive climate policies after 2020. Some ...
Another plan for cap and trade revenue
 May 23, 2014

This week an Assembly Budget Subcommittee heard a plan that would spend cap and trade revenue in a manner not in agreement with the Governor’s proposal. The plan would address perceived weaknesses in the Governor’s proposal – that ...
Leading in a better way on climate change
 May 1, 2014

This week the AB 32 Implementation Group (AB 32IG), chaired by CMTA, told the Air Resources Board that California should take a new approach to climate policies for the decades after 2020. The comments on the AB 32 Scoping Plan Update (SPU) are ...
Bill to disclose extra fuel costs under AB 32 moves
 May 1, 2014

Beginning in 2015 all transportation fuels will be put “under the cap” of the greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program operated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). That means fuel suppliers must buy a greenhouse gas ...
Energy plan takes a step forward
 April 24, 2014

AB 1763 (Henry Perea, D-Fresno) would create a state energy plan that promotes economic growth, ensures reliable and affordable energy supplies, and positions California as a national and world energy market leader. This week the bill passed out of ...
Budgeting for cap-and-trade expenditures
 March 21, 2014

Budget subcommittees are holding hearings to discuss a plan for cap-and-trade revenue expenditures. Much of the revenue in the expenditure plan is coming from the sale, rather than free distribution, of allowances to the large manufacturers covered ...
AB 32 implementation through 2020 and beyond
 March 13, 2014

State legislative committees overseeing the development of California climate change policies hosted two hearings this week. CMTA was invited to provide the perspective of California manufacturers. The following points were emphasized to the ...
Steinberg introduces Carbon Tax proposal
 Feb. 21, 2014

Rather than move forward with the California Air Resources Board plan to include transportation fuels under the AB 32 cap and trade program starting in 2015, Senator Pro Tem Steinberg has introduced legislation to instead impose a “carbon ...
Oil Severance Tax -- A bad idea for California
 Feb. 21, 2014

Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) introduced SB 1017 to impose a 9.5 percent severance tax on oil and natural gas production in California. Similar attempts have failed in the past and it could fail again this year – Governor Brown has ...
AB 32 Scoping Plan Update released
 Feb. 14, 2014

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released the second version of the AB 32 Scoping Plan Update (SPU). The original scoping plan adopted in 2008 included strategies to meet the 2020 goal of greenhouse gas emissions no greater than 1990 ...
CMTA to cap-and-trade hearing: Spend cap-and-trade revenue wisely
 Feb. 14, 2014

On Thursday, February 13, CMTA testified at the Senate Budget Committee’s informational hearing on the expenditure of $850 million collected in California’s cap-and-trade carbon credit auction. Governor Jerry Brown proposed a split of ...
Governor would spend cap-and-trade funds
 Jan. 16, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown has proposed in his 2014/15 state budget that $850 million of cap-and-trade revenues should be allocated to various purposes. In millions of dollars, the breakdown is as follows – High speed rail ($300), low carbon ...
New 2030 GHG limit for electricity production sought
 Jan. 10, 2014

A bill introduced last year, AB 177 by V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella, was significantly amended this week. Initially, it would have increased the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for the electric utilities. Now it allows the California Air ...
Building Standards Commission delays new energy rates
 Dec. 30, 2013

At its December 18th Business Meeting, the California Building Standards Commission (BSC) approved a request by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to revise the effective date of the 2013 building energy efficiency standards from January 1, ...
Workshops offered for building energy use disclosure
 Nov. 25, 2013

A bill passed in 2007, AB 1103 (Lori Saldaña, D-San Diego, Chapter 533) comes into effect this January, mandating owners to disclose their building’s energy use to a potential buyer, lender, or lessee. The law requires a nonresidential ...
Reaching long term climate goal will be daunting
 Nov. 15, 2013

California has a firm goal to reach 1990 levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020. While CMTA believes that big challenges remain to keep California on an affordable path to meet even the 2020 goal, policymakers are turning their attention ...
Electricity grid of the future
 Oct. 24, 2013

This week, utilities, energy developers, environmental groups, consumers and regulators met to discuss the electricity grid of the future in the fifth annual symposium hosted by the California Independent System Operator in Sacramento. The CAISO is ...
CARB releases draft update to AB 32 Scoping Plan
 Oct. 3, 2013

This week the California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a discussion draft of their AB 32 Scoping Plan Update and, for the first time, they look beyond 2020 for further reduction goals.AB 32 requires the Scoping Plan to be updated every five ...
California post-2020 greenhouse gas goals drive forum in Capitol
 Sept. 6, 2013

This week, Assemblyman Bill Quirk hosted the first forum in the Capitol on California's post-2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) policies.   The California Air Resources Board is already looking to create a plan to impose deeper reductions ...
Renewable power increases allowed in amended bill
 Aug. 29, 2013

AB 327 (Henry Perea, D-Fresno) began as a bill that would lower electric rates for residential customers who use large volumes of electricity - usually in the summer months for air conditioning. High rates for such customers are supposed to ...
Renewable power increases allowed in amended bill
 Aug. 22, 2012

AB 327 (Henry Perea, D-Fresno) would fix residential electric rate design to lower rates for customers who use large volumes of electricity – usually in the summer months for air conditioning. High rates for such customers are supposed to ...
Legislation should improve CARB's AB 32 scoping plan update
 Aug. 8, 2013

SB 605 (Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens), as it was amended on July 3, imposes new requirements on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for the updated AB 32 scoping plan, limits the use of offsets in the cap and trade program and would ...
Join growing statewide coalition to control California energy costs
 Aug. 1, 2013

Energy rates are rapidly rising in California. Our state has passed a series of aggressive environmental regulations to reduce GHG emissions, promote renewable energy production, and upgrade transmission and distribution ...
Manufacturers catch a break with new cap and trade proposal
 July 18, 2013

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) wants to delay imposition of stringent requirements for manufacturers covered by the cap and trade program. The proposal to provide free carbon allowances up to the industry "benchmark" for the ...
CMTA takes on rising industrial electricity rates on Capitol Public Radio
 July 18, 2013

CMTA's Dorothy Rothrock went on Capitol Public Radio this week, opposite the Natural Resources Defense Council, to discuss the effects of rising electricity rates on California manufacturers.  The context of the live interview was the ...
The high costs of Cap-and-Trade
 July 12, 2013

As a follow-up to the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB’s) recent workshop on the Cap-and-Trade program’s market related reporting and cost containment, CMTA and others are asking CARB to simplify, streamline, and preserve ...
Keeping up on AB 32 implementation
 June 21, 2013

California Air Resources Board (CARB) began firing on all cylinders in May after a quiet four months since January. We’ve had workshops on the addition of all natural gas emissions in the cap and trade program (to begin 2015), the possible ...
Residential electricity rates
 June 13, 2013

CMTA supports a bill, AB 327 (Henry Perea, D-Fresno), that would eliminate the rate restrictions adopted during the energy crisis and would provide the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) the flexibility to implement what they determine to ...
Making WCI’s efforts on climate change more public
 June 6, 2013

A bill, AB 527 (Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin) to increase transparency and accountability of the Western Climate Initiative, Incorporated (WCI, Inc.), supported by CMTA, passed it’s house-of-origin deadline last Friday.The WCI began in February 2007 ...
Cap-and-trade revenue bills not moving
 May 30, 2013

A handful of Assembly bills that would direct the use of cap-and-trade auction revenue failed to move out of appropriations committees last week:AB 574 (Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach) Sustainable Communities StrategiesAB 1023 (Susan Eggman, ...
Cap-and-Trade revenues loan proposal
 May 16, 2013

The Governor proposes to loan $500 million cap and trade revenue to the general fund for the 2013/14 budget. Previously he planned to use revenues to offset general fund spending for certain programs that would qualify as an emission reduction ...
Legislators see cap-and-trade as funding resource
 April 25, 2013

Several bills hoping to grab revenues from the AB 32 carbon credit auction are working through their first policy committees. Of significance are: AB 574 (Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach) requires CARB to set standards for the use of cap and ...
More authority to the CPUC proposed
 April 18, 2013

Still waiting for a hearing in its first policy committee, AB 177 (V. Manuel Perez, D-Coachella) intends to provide coordination and integration of energy planning and procurement processes but provides too much authority to the California Public ...
Industry seeks LCFS solution
 Feb. 8, 2013

The Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is a major provision of the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The LCFS utilizes a life cycle approach in order to determine the ...
Does LCFS discriminate against out-of-state businesses?
 Feb. 8, 2013

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in a lawsuit challenging the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) is still pending. At stake is the question of whether the LCFS discriminates against out-of-state businesses and if that amounts to protectionism. ...
LAO report on state energy programs
 Jan. 10, 2013

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) has released a new report examining the structure and effectiveness of the state’s more than a dozen alternative and energy efficiency programs. According to the LAO, the state’s ...
Fracking bills introduced
 Dec. 7, 2012

Although the 2013-2014 session is very young, there are already two bills on “fracking.” Fracking is a relatively new, controversial process which significantly increases the amount of natural gas that can be efficiently extracted from a ...
Cap-and-trade auction generates millions, yet possibly insignificant for state budget purposes
 Nov. 29, 2012

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) held its first cap-and-trade auction this month. Covered industries and electric generators must hold allowances to account for all their greenhouse gas emissions during the years 2013 through 2020. Some ...
Cap-and-trade auction arrives
 Nov. 16, 2012

This week, California's carbon auction arrived. Unfortunately the California Air Resources Board (CARB) went forward as planned without committing to allocate more free allowances in the years to come. This will mean billions in new costs over ...
CMTA helping send big message to CARB and the Governor to fix cap-and-trade
 Oct. 25, 2012

CMTA has joined other taxpayer and employer groups to send a strong message to the California Air Resources Board and Gov. Brown that more free carbon allowances must be available to industry.  Testimony, a strongly worded letter to the ...
CARB not ready for cap and trade
 Oct. 18, 2012

On Thursday CMTA commented at the California Air Resources Board about the upcoming auction of allowances in the AB 32 cap and trade program:“We are disappointed that CARB is moving forward without fixing the serious flaw of auctioning ...
Governor signs cap-&-trade revenue bills
 Oct. 12, 2012

Governor Brown signed two bills directing how revenue from the cap-and-trade program will be spent. The revenue will be derived from a series of state-run auctions of greenhouse-gas emissions allowances, the first of which is set for November ...
Urge CARB to fix cap-and-trade to avoid billions in new costs
 Sept. 14, 2012

Unless they fix major flaws in the program, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will impose billions in new costs on manufacturers, hurting the economy and jobs. CARB is planning to auction greenhouse gas emission (GHG) allowances November 14, ...
RPS and landfill gas bill being debated on Senate Floor
 Aug. 23, 2012

CMTA opposes a bill still active on the Senate Floor that would illegally alter procurement contracts for renewable natural gas (biomethane) retroactively. AB 2196 (Wesley Chesbro, D-Eureka) violates a basic principle of fair dealing by changing the ...
Industrial Energy Management Summit
 Aug. 16, 2012

One of CMTA’s members, CalPortland, is working with Energy Star and Southern California Edison (SCE) to host a free Industrial Energy Management Summit in Southern California.  The Summit will be held on September 27, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. ...
CMTA goes on KFI radio's 'John and Ken' to discuss AB 32 economic impacts
 July 27, 2012

This week CMTA’s Dorothy Rothrock discussed, on KFI Radio’s The John and Ken Show, the near-future economic impacts from California’s climate change policies.  The interview focused on CMTA’s recent report by Andrew ...
Electricity ratepayers hurt by budget trailer bill
 July 19, 2012

Last month the legislature adopted and the Governor signed a budget trailer bill, SB 1018, affecting the use of cap-and-trade allowance value raised by electric utilities. Under the cap-and-trade regulation, all electric generators must purchase ...
CARB Cap-and-Trade Public Hearing
 June 22, 2012

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold a public Board Hearing on June 28th starting at 9:00 a.m. in Sacramento.  The hearing will consider amendments to the California Cap on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Market-Based Compliance ...
CARB Training Classes
 June 22, 2012

CARB’s Enforcement Division is offering a series of training classes. Their purpose is to provide comprehensive education to further the professional development of environmental specialists. Upcoming classes include: ...
Billions in auction revenue up for grabs
 June 1, 2012

The cap and trade regulation adopted by California Air Resources Board in December 2011 will create pots of money now attracting a long line of interest groups requesting funds for their favorite projects.  CMTA believes AB 32 does not give the ...
CalRecycle releases report on 75% Recycling Goal
 May 22, 2012

CalRecycle has released their report to the Legislature regarding strategies for getting to the 75 percent diversion goal under AB 341 (Chesbro) passed last year.  Recall, AB 341 called for a goal of 75 percent diversion by 2020 through source ...
Poll: AB 32 support declines as voters balk at implementation costs
 April 27, 2012

Support for AB 32 has declined by double digits over the past three years although a slim majority of California voters are still supportive of the state’s global warming law, according to a new EMC Research poll released this week.  By ...
Another program proposed for ratepayers to fund
 April 27, 2012

A bill to create a new target to achieve 375 megawatts of small scale renewables in environmental justice communities passed its first policy committee in the legislature last week.  AB 1990 (Paul Fong, D-Mountain View) requires electric ...
Bills to grab carbon cap-and-trade revenues get first hearing
 April 6, 2012

Three bills hoping to grab revenues from AB 32 will be heard soon in their first policy committees. AB 1532 (Speaker John Pérez, D-Los Angeles) and AB 2404 (Felipe Fuentes, D- Los Angeles) and SB 1572 (Fran Pavley, D-Santa Monica) put AB 32 ...
California green job sector lower than anticipated
 March 30, 2012

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a report detailing what it calls “green goods and services (GGS)” employment across the nation. For its purposes, the report defines GGS jobs as those that “potentially provide goods ...
PG&E proposes economic development rate for businesses
 March 9, 2012

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) announced this week that it has petitioned state regulators to establish an Economic Development Rate (EDR) to assist businesses in its service area to create and retain jobs. According to the company’s ...
Budget sub-committee ponders use of cap-and-trade revenues
 March 2, 2012

The Assembly Budget Subcommittee 3 hosted an informational hearing on the potential use of revenues from the AB 32 Cap-and-Trade program due to begin January 2013. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold the first auctions of allowances ...
LAO report on use of cap-and-trade auction revenues
 Feb. 17, 2012

The Legislative Analyst's Office issued a new report on the use of Cap-and-Trade auction revenues and the Governor’s budget proposal to use these revenues for various purposes, including offsetting up to $500 million in general fund costs for ...
Legislative Analyst weighs-in on Cap-and-Trade
 Feb. 10, 2012

The independent Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a report today, Feb. 9th, titled "Evaluating the Policy Trade-offs in ARB's Cap-and-Trade Program."  The LAO concludes that California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) has ...
CMTA's Dorothy Rothrock takes on California's cap-and-trade revenue grab on ABC radio show
 Jan. 20, 2012

On Tuesday this week, Dorothy Rothrock, discussed AB 32's new cap-and-trade auction and revenue program in a live interview with ABC Radio's Larry Elder. AB 32 was not passed as a revenue raiser for California in 2006, but the regulations now being ...
Gov’s budget uses Cap-and-Trade revenue
 Jan. 6, 2012

A part of the Governor’s budget proposed yesterday, January 5th, includes authority to use $1 billion to be raised from the implementation of AB 32 (the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008) through its Cap-and-Trade program. The Governor ...
Confirmation hearing set for energy appointees
 Jan. 6, 2012

The Senate Rules Committee has scheduled a hearing on January 18th to discuss the confirmation of two members to the California Public Utilities Commission appointed by the Governor last year: Michel P. Florio and Catherine J.K. Sandoval. Prior to ...
New appointment to CARB Board
 Dec. 2, 2011

Dr. Alexander Sherriffs, a Fowler family practitioner and clean-air advocate, has been named to the governing board for both the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the California Air Resources Board. Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday ...
CARB approves cap-and-trade program
 Oct. 28, 2011

Last week, California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously approved the country’s first statewide cap-and-trade emissions program under the provisions of AB 32 (California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, 2008).  The ...
New appliance efficiency regulations being considered
 Sept. 30, 2011

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has launched a proceeding to amend the Appliance Efficiency Regulations.  The scoping order is proposed to cover a three-year period from 2012–2014. The CEC is particularly interested in the ...
4 new bills surface to extend public goods charge on utility bills
 Sept. 2, 2011

In the last two weeks of this year’ legislative season, four new bills on extending the Public Goods Charge (PGC) on utility bills have surfaced. SBx1 28 (Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima) and SBx1 29 (Darrell Steinberg, Speaker pro Tempore, ...
GHG cap & trade comments due to CARB Aug. 11
 Aug. 5, 2011

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has begun a 15-day public comment period for the revised text of the proposed California Cap on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Market-Based Compliance Regulation, including Compliance Offset Protocols.  ...
Cap-and-Trade regulation update
 July 15, 2011

On July 9 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released a draft proposed regulation to fill-in details of the cap-and-trade program and make conforming changes to the mandatory reporting regulation for greenhouse gases. The additional details ...
New compliance timeline for Cap and Trade Rule
 July 1, 2011

California Air Resources Chair Mary Nichols testified at a State Senate Committee Informational hearing on Wednesday this week.  She announced that the timeline for compliance with the cap and trade regulation adopted last December will be ...
Bill would give CARB more time to formulate Cap-&-Trade
 June 24, 2011

AB 333 (Shannon Grove, R- Bakersfield) would allow CARB to adjust the schedule for opening a cap-and-trade program under AB 32 (the Global Warming Act). CARB would also be required to provide vital information to the legislature on the status of the ...
Supreme Court rejects GHG lawsuit
 June 24, 2011

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a case brought by California and five other states which sought to require a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power plants.  In an 8-0 ruling, the Supreme Court decided to block the ...
AB 32 scoping plan supplement: 45-day public comment
 June 17, 2011

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released a “Supplement to the AB 32 Scoping Plan Functional Equivalent Document (FED)” prepared in accordance with CARB’s Certified Regulatory Program and the California Environmental ...
Environmental justice groups want cap-and-trade revenue
 June 3, 2011

SB 535 (Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles) directs that cap-and-trade auction revenues, with no dollar cap, be spent on programs for the “most impacted and disadvantaged communities” in California.  The purposes for which the money could ...
Superior court orders cap-and-trade reassessment
 May 27, 2011

A San Francisco Superior Court Judge recently issued a decision prohibiting further work on the cap-and-trade portion of AB 32, pending additional assessment and exploration of alternatives to satisfy requirements set by the California Environmental ...
Industrial renewable energy incentive deserves support
 May 27, 2011

CMTA supports AB 864 (Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael) that would give large energy customers incentive to install renewable energy systems, such as wind, to offset their electrical demand.  The bill ensures that the incentives from the ...
Sierra Club calls for re-evaluation of cap-and-trade rule
 May 20, 2011

In a recent letter to Governor Jerry Brown, Sierra Club California has called on Brown to re-evaluate California’s Air Resources Board’s (CARB’s) cap-and-trade rule claiming it has serious flaws that will limit its effectiveness in ...
Cap-and-Trade bill amended
 May 13, 2011

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove introduced AB 333 earlier this year to prevent the California Air Resources Board (CARB) from imposing greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements on facilities located in counties with high unemployment (7 percent or ...
Proposed law could cost billions in taxes
 May 6, 2011

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) has introduced AB 638 that gives the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) sweeping new powers to reduce petroleum consumption in California.  ...
Dispute resolution proposed for CARB & AB 32 regulated entities
 April 29, 2011

CMTA is supporting AB 1095 (Bill Berryhill, R-Stockton) which would establish a dispute resolution process for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and entities regulated under AB 32 (the California Global Warming Solutions Act of ...
CMTA opposes extension of public goods charge
 April 8, 2011

Two bills to extend the public goods charge (PGC) are opposed by CMTA:  AB 1303 (Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara) would continue the program through 2020 and  AB 723 (Steven Bradford, D-Inglewood) continues it through 2016. The program began ...
Self generation incentives extended
 March 18, 2011

AB 1150 (V.M. Perez, D-Cathedral City) makes certain modifications to the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) technology categories and funding levels. It also extends the program’s ratepayer funding sunset through 2016. The SGIP creates ...
CMTA asks for more oversight of CARB’s decisions
 March 3, 2011

CMTA has asked Governor Brown to make CARB decisions more transparent and to require votes by the CARB Board. CARB has been granted immense powers to implement elements of the state’s climate change policy (AB 32), including cap-and-trade, and ...
Californians are paying high price for renewable energy
 Feb. 25, 2011

A new report by the Division of Ratepayer Advocates found that the price of electricity for 59 percent of renewable energy contracts signed by the State's three biggest utilities (PG&E, Southern California Edison, and Sempra) exceeded the market ...
Cap-and-trade final Board resolution released
 Feb. 25, 2011

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently posted the final Board Resolution from the December 16, 2010 hearing to consider the adoption of the proposed “California Cap on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions and Market-Based Compliance ...
33% renewables by 2020 proposed again
 Feb. 18, 2011

Last year, Senator Joe Simitian’s SB 722 to increases the utility renewable portfolio standard requirement from 20 to 33 percent failed to pass out of the legislature in its final days. He has re-introduced the bill, SB 23 in regular session ...
Tentative court ruling stops CARB’s cap-and-trade program
 Feb. 4, 2011

A tentative State court decision has ruled that California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) should halt implementation of the scoping plan for its greenhouse gas (GHG) program. The court found that CARB failed to adequately discuss and analyze the ...
Green chemistry regulations still in flux
 Jan. 7, 2011

On November 16th, after 2 years of work, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s (Cal EPA) Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued what was expected to be their final draft of regulations for Safer Consumer Product ...
Nichols to continue oversight of AB 32 implementation
 Jan. 7, 2011

Mary Nichols, a democrat, has been reappointed by Gov. Brown as Chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), where she has served since 2007, guiding the Board as it works to implement AB 32 under the Schwarzenegger administration. She ...
CARB adopts cap & trade
 Dec. 17, 2010

This week the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted a cap and trade regulation under AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, passed in 2006. The market will start on January 1, 2012.  Between now and then CARB will be building the ...
CARB hearing on GHG cap & trade
 Dec. 10, 2010

California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) will conduct a public hearing on December 16th in Sacramento to consider the adoption of a “Proposed California Cap on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions and Market-Based Compliance Mechanisms ...
CMTA discusses challenges of a cost effective AB 32 - Watch LIVE at 10:30 a.m. today
 Dec. 7, 2010

CMTA, president, Jack Stewart, debates Governor Schwarzenegger's chief of staff, Susan Kennedy, and others at the PPIC conference on the challenges of implementing a cost-effective AB 32 and cap-and-trade program in California. You can watch it ...
Prop 23 fails and Cap-and-Trade moves forward
 Nov. 5, 2010

California Air Resources Board (CARB) released the long-awaited cap-and-trade regulation on October 29 with plans to adopt the regulation at the December 16 Board meeting.  For large manufacturers emitting more than 25,000 tons of carbon per ...
Battery charger changes may be mandated
 Oct. 29, 2010

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is seriously contemplating energy efficiency standards for battery charging systems based on a report by ECOS Consulting commissioned by PG&E. The report was first unveiled to a few members of industry at ...
Powerful discussion on going-it-alone on climate change policies
 Oct. 8, 2010

Come see an informative and compelling presentation by Tom Mullikin - a national figure on the climate change scene - regarding the effects of going-it-alone on global warming policies in California and in the U.S.   At one time Mullikin ...
Cap-and-trade auction revenue bill moves to Senate floor
 Aug. 27, 2010

A bill buried in the paperwork from last year has been dusted off and will be put up for a vote in this last week of session. AB 1405 (Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles) would siphon 10% of revenue raised by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in a ...
Bill to regulate electricity for cars
 Aug. 20, 2010

CMTA has concerns with SB 1435 (Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima) that would expand CPUC jurisdiction beyond electric corporation regulation of utility service to their customers.  It would allow direct regulation of the customers of utilities based on ...
Judge orders amendments to Prop 23 ballot wording
 Aug. 6, 2010

On August 3rd, the state Superior Court ordered significant changes to how the Attorney General’s office worded official Proposition 23 ballot language, the measure that would temporarily suspend implementation of AB 32. The Judge found the ...
ARB to delay implementation of Renewable Portfolio Standard
 July 30, 2010

In an effort to pass legislation implementing a statewide 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has requested that the Air Resources Board (ARB) postpone implementing its own RPS. You may recall that conflicting ...
Latest poll inconclusive on Prop. 23 (Suspends AB32)
 July 30, 2010

On July 28, supporters of Prop. 23 to temporarily suspend implementation of AB 32 dismissed the findings of a new PPIC poll as incomplete and inconclusive since it failed to include information about the enormous economic impacts and environmental ...
CMTA opposes raising renewable standard to 33% by 2020
 June 24, 2010

Legislation to raise the state’s renewable portfolio standard from 20 to 30% will move through assembly policy committees to meet a July 2 deadline.  The bill imposes a 2020 deadline on the state’s utilities.   CMTA opposes SB ...
AB 32 Cap & Trade Program Development
 June 18, 2010

This Tuesday, June 22, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is holding a workshop in Sacramento on Cost Containment and Offsets in the California Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program The workshop will focus on cost containment mechanisms, ...
Bill on Bisphenol-A expected back
 May 28, 2010

Last year, Senator Fran Pavley's (D-Agoura Hills) SB 797, stalled on the Assembly floor. This bill would prohibit, as of January 1, 20011, the manufacture, sale, or distribution in commerce of any bottle, cup, or liquid, food, or beverage in a can, ...
Cap and Trade rulemaking picks up steam
 May 28, 2010

The California Air Resources Board plans to issue a greenhouse gas cap and trade program regulation by September 2010, to be approved by the CARB by year end.  Concepts for the rule, part of the scoping plan of regulations to meet reduction ...
LAO says AB 32 will adversely affect state
 May 21, 2010

On Monday, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released an evaluation of the costs and effects of AB 32's implementation. According to their report, AB 32 will have “adverse” effects on the state economy and ...
CPUC reneges on previous decision
 May 14, 2010

Last week, California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to overturn an earlier decision that placed a 25% limit on the amount of out-of-state tradable renewable energy credits (TRECs) utility companies could apply towards the ...
California rules restrict power plants
 May 7, 2010

California regulators meeting in San Francisco adopted new rules May 4th that will require power plants to reduce their impact on aquatic wildlife at a potential cost of billions of dollars to ratepayers.  The California regulations are the ...
LAO releases policy brief on AB 32 implementation
 April 16, 2010

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) has released a report on AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, and its implementation. The LAO argues that legislative oversight of the program budget is very important, ...
CARB releases updated AB 32 Impact Report
 March 26, 2010

After a 15 month delay, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff released their revised economic analysis of AB 32.  The report claims that as result of AB 32 an estimated two million jobs will be created in California by 2020; the State ...
Next Steps to California Direct Access
 March 26, 2010

The ability to purchase electricity from non-utility providers is coming. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has ordered the open enrollment window to submit notices of intent (NOIs) to switch to direct access (DA) to begin on April 16.  The ...
CEC announces clean energy business financing program
 March 19, 2010

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved an agreement with the California Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency (BT&H) that will soon make more than $30 million available to eligible California manufacturing businesses. Under the ...
Oil and gas severance tax
 Feb. 12, 2010

Assemblyman Alberto Torrico (D-Newark) gutted his controversial oil severance bill, AB 656, late last month due to challenges brought forth by the education community.  A previous version of the bill would have levied a 12.5 percent tax on all ...
Direct access may open on April 11, 2010
 Feb. 12, 2010

The ability to purchase electricity from non-utility providers may soon expand as rules are written to lift the suspension put in place during the energy crisis of 2001. Since 2001, only customers then being served by direct access (DA) were allowed ...
AB 32 fee increase bill dies
 Feb. 5, 2010

Last Sunday, January 31st, was the legislative deadline for two-year bills (introduced last year) to be passed from their house of origin. A particularly onerous energy bill, SB 31 (Fran Pavley - D, Agoura Hills) expired. It would have expanded ...
Relevance of AB 32 drops – voters want leaders to focus on jobs
 Jan. 29, 2010

A recent poll commissioned by the AB 32 Implementation Group (co-chaired by CMTA) reveals declining support for AB 32 implementation policies as California voters show more concern about unemployment, the budget and education. EMC Research, Inc. ...
2010: Looking forward on AB32 implementation
 Jan. 22, 2010

Unfortunately, on the greenhouse gas front, we still do not have a sound, valid economic analysis of what the true costs will be to implement AB 32, the landmark global warming law.   After, the California Air Resources Board’s ...
Workforce development legislation passes committee
 Jan. 15, 2010

The Assembly Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy Committee met on Jan. 13th to hear AB 35 (Warren Furutani, D-Long Beach).  It requires the California Postsecondary Education Commission, in conjunction with the California Department of ...
"Cool Cars" regulation ignores public safety and hurts economy
 Jan. 15, 2010

California’s "Cool Cars" policy is an AB 32 early action item developed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by reflecting heat away from cars, thereby requiring less air ...
AB 32 auction taxes to be discussed Jan. 11th
 Jan. 8, 2010

The Economic and Allocation Advisory Committee (EAAC) was appointed to advise California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) on the implementation of AB 32 and an associated cap-and-trade system to reduce California greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to ...
California & Denmark sign green chemistry agreement
 Dec. 18, 2009

On December 16th at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the California Environmental Protection Agency signed a groundbreaking collaborative agreement with the Danish Environmental Protection Agency to share information on product ...
Diesel truck rule reconsidered
 Dec. 11, 2009

Last year in December the California Air Resources Board (CARB) passed regulations that would require extremely expensive retrofitting of the majority of on-road diesel equipment operating in California.  (So expensive that, in most cases, the ...
Cap & Trade at CARB
 Dec. 11, 2009

On December 11, the Economic and Allocation Advisory Committee (EAAC) of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) met by phone to discuss their draft report on the agency’s cap-and-trade program proposal. This program is of great importance ...
Senate dumps PUC Commissioner Chong
 Dec. 11, 2009

The confirmation of Public Utilities Commissioner Rachelle Chong took a significant blow this week (Dec. 7th) when Senate Pro-Tempore Darrel Steinberg refused to schedule a confirmation hearing before the Senate Rules Committee this year, a move ...
Power play for 33 percent renewables policy development
 Nov. 13, 2009

Instead of signing legislation to mandate 33 percent renewable energy by 2020, Governor Schwarzenegger in September issued an executive order requiring the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to pursue expanded renewable energy through its AB 32 ...
Fed Update: US-EPA publishes tailoring rule requirements for GHG from stationary sources
 Oct. 29, 2009

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule designed to "tailor" the applicability thresholds for stationary source greenhouse gas (GHG) emission sources regulated under the ...
State budget woes continue
 Oct. 23, 2009

In yet another sign that the state’s ongoing budget woes continue to worsen rather than improve, a federal judge this week blocked cuts approved in the July budget fix to in-home care services. This comes on the heels of several federal and ...
ARB approves new carbon fee
 Oct. 2, 2009

On September 24, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) passed a carbon fee to be levied on an estimated 350 "polluting" California businesses. Such businesses include utility companies, oil refineries, cement plants and various other ...
Carbon credit registries: Free Webinar - October 28
 Oct. 2, 2009

CMTA member and service partner, World Energy Solutions, uses technology and market expertise to help its customers secure the lowest available price for electricity and natural gas. They are offering a complimentary webinar to discuss the ...
CMTA President weighs in on regulatory costs and calls for suspension of AB 32
 Sept. 26, 2009

In 2006 the Governor signed legislation directing the Small Business Advocate's Office to commission a study on California's regulatory costs on small business with a completion deadline of October 2007.  Due to normal bureaucratic fumbling, ...
OEHHA drafts food warning regulations
 Sept. 25, 2009

The food and beverage industry, grocers, retailers and other stakeholders have been working with Cal EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) for nearly two years to establish an alternative Prop 65 Food Warning system. ...
Renewable energy at what price?
 Sept. 4, 2009

Two competing but similar Renewable Portfolio Standard bills are poised to move out of the Legislature to the Governor’s desk.  As currently drafted, AB 64, Paul Krekorian, (D-Burbank), and SB 14, Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), would be ...
ARB amends landmark rule on off-road equipment
 Aug. 28, 2009

The Air Resources Board (ARB) has adopted amendments to attempt to help business owners comply with its 2007 regulation aimed at reducing toxic diesel emissions from the state's estimated 180,000 off-road vehicles such as tractors and bulldozers ...
Renewable Portfolio Standard bills raise concerns
 Aug. 21, 2009

Two bills, SB 14 by Joe Simitian (D - Palo Alto) and AB 64 by Paul Krekorian (D - Burbank) would raise the amount of renewable power purchased by utilities and energy service providers to 33 percent by 2020 but severely limit the amount of renewable ...
Upcoming Energy Conference – July 29-31, South Lake Tahoe
 July 10, 2009

In three weeks climate change, technology and the future economy will be front and center at the annual CMTA energy conference in South Lake Tahoe. http://www.cmta.net/conference.php?event_id=415California leads the way in bold and often ...
Carbon labeling
 July 2, 2009

AB 19 (Ira Ruskin, D-Redwood City) would require the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to create a voluntary carbon labeling program for California.  While we appreciate the fact that compliance with this program is voluntary, we are ...
UC Berkeley study illustrates detrimental impacts of AB 32 on jobs
 June 26, 2009

A recent report by UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education analyzed the impacts of AB 32 on employment in California.  Upon review of the two macro-economic forecasts commissioned by the California Air Resources Board ...
Cool car regulations
 June 26, 2009

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) proposed a rule to require standards for automotive window glazing to limit transmission of solar energy into vehicles and reduce electromagnetic transmissions. The intent of the rule is that if windshields ...
Most climate bills still moving
 June 5, 2009

The Senate declined to pass to the Assembly SB 31 (Fran Pavley, D-Santa Monica) which would have granted the California Air Resources Board (CARB) broad new authority to raise revenues under AB 32, California’s emission reduction law passed in ...
CARE energy subsidy costs
 May 15, 2009

California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) is a program to provide discounted electric and gas service to low-income customers.  The costs of the CARE subsidy are allocated among customer classes according to methodology adopted by the ...
Federal cap and trade program and AB 32 implementation
 May 8, 2009

While Congress, the White House and Senate committees are working on Capitol Hill to develop climate legislation that would work for the United States, the California Air Resources Board is implementing regulations outlined in the scoping plan for ...
San Francisco hearing on offshore energy development
 April 9, 2009

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is hosting a hearing on April 16 in San Francisco to discuss offshore oil and gas leasing. The Minerals Management Service (MMS), the responsible government agency, is developing its 5-Year Plan for development of ...
Carbon footprinting 101: Establishing a baseline for your GHG emissions
 April 9, 2009

California is developing the most aggressive Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction program in the country.  Whether mandated or voluntary, GHG reductions and controlling your emissions starts with carbon footprinting.CMTA member World Energy ...
South Coast Air Permit Moratorium
 March 6, 2009

A recent court ruling invalidated a South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) rule specifying how the agency accounts for and calculates the amount of emission reductions there are available to fund the "priority reserve" and ...
Commission considers a carbon tax
 Feb. 27, 2009

Late last fall the Governor issued an executive order (http://gov.ca.gov/executive-order/10928/) establishing the Commission on the 21st Century Economy to re-examine and modernize California's out-of-date revenue laws that contribute to ...
Governor appoints new CEC chair
 Feb. 13, 2009

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Karen Douglas as the new chair of the California Energy Commission (CEC).  Prior to her appointment as chair, Douglas served as a commissioner and legal representative for the Commission.  She ...
New phase for AB 32 – administrative fees proposal
 Jan. 30, 2009

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has hit the ground running since approval of the AB 32 scoping plan last December.  CARB plans to develop regulations for a new administrative fee in time for approval by the CARB Board on May 28.  ...
Low carbon fuel standard being considered by CARB
 Jan. 23, 2009

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will be hosting a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Workshop on January 30 in Sacramento. This will be the first major regulation in the series of rules necessary to implement the AB 32 Scoping Plan. The ...
Proposition 65 – methanol
 Jan. 23, 2009

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has announced its intention to list the chemical, methanol (CAS No. 67-56-1), on the Proposition 65 list on the basis of reproductive toxicity found in a study by the National Toxicology ...
Green chemistry implementation workshops
 Jan. 23, 2009

Two laws signed by Governor Schwarzenegger last year will provide the foundation for advancing the California Green Chemistry Initiative. SB 509 (Joe Simitian, D- Palo Alto, Chapter 560) and AB 1879 (Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, Chapter 559) are first ...
AB 32 Scoping Plan Adopted
 Dec. 12, 2008

As expected, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously approved a scoping plan for AB 32 implementation. CARB had been roundly criticized for failing to provide an honest assessment of the potential costs of the plan.  The analysis ...
On-road diesel regulations go before ARB
 Dec. 12, 2008

Today and Friday, December 11 and 12, the California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) will consider adopting the most costly air quality regulations in the history of California.  The "In-Use On-Road Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicle Regulations" will ...
Governor raises renewable energy goals & expedites process
 Nov. 21, 2008

Upon recommendation of California’s Air Resources Board, Governor Schwarzenegger signed an Executive Order (EO) to his agencies to increase the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 33 percent by 2020.  He also ordered the ...
Green chemistry – CA sustainable products coalition
 Oct. 31, 2008

CMTA and other industry associations are joining together to work with the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA), legislators and the Governor’s Administration to assure that implementation of the recently enacted Green ...
PUC considers changes to allocation of public good gas charges
 Oct. 22, 2008

California’s Public Utilities Commission is considering changing how costs for public purpose programs (PPP) are allocated between customer classes. Their proposed decision is expected soon with a final decision by year end. Currently, several ...
Updated AB 32 scoping plan released
 Oct. 16, 2008

California Air Resources Board will decide on a final scoping plan for AB 32 implementation on December 11.  The latest draft was released this week. AB 32 requires California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.Key ...
Fiscal analysis for AB 32 ignores near-term costs
 Sept. 26, 2008

The long-awaited economic analysis for CARB's AB 32 scoping plan released this week presented a very rosy – and very misleading – picture; that one of the most ambitious regulatory programs in California history won't cost a penny. ...
Green chemistry
 Aug. 27, 2008

A deal between legislators and the Schwarzenegger Administration could lay the foundation for the Green Chemistry Initiative by creating a comprehensive statewide program for managing chemicals in products.  AB 1879 (Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles) ...
Greenhouse gas institute moving under the radar
 Aug. 22, 2008

A publicly funded, world-class research institute that would develop answers to the threat posed by climate-changing greenhouse gases (GHG) is being crafted in the Legislature and is among the last-minute proposals expected to come before the ...
Duplicate copies of carbon offset proposal moves through both houses
 Aug. 15, 2008

The contents of SB 1762 (Don Perata, President pro-Tempore, D-Oakland) were cloned on August 14th into AB 1851.  If the Senate passes AB 1851, it will have to go back to the Assembly floor for concurrence on its amendments.The duplicate bills ...
Waiting for economic analysis of state climate change plan
 Aug. 15, 2008

The California Air Resources Board issued a Draft Scoping Plan for AB 32 on June 26, 2008. The plan describes many regulatory measures, estimates of their costs and suggestions for a market approach to help meet the targets under AB 32. CARB has not ...
CMTA makes pointed comments on Global Warming ‘Scoping plan’
 Aug. 8, 2008

CMTA is posting comments on the draft scoping plan for AB 32, California’s landmark legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.  The introductory paragraphs are below.CMTA represents large and small California ...
Climate change reporting bill moves to Assembly floor
 Aug. 1, 2008

Upon their return to business next week, the California Assembly is expected to consider SB 1550 (Dean Florez, D-Shafter), which would establish a disclosure standard for use by publicly held companies doing business in California that addresses ...
WCI releases draft design of regional cap & trade program
 Aug. 1, 2008

On Thursday, July 24th, the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) jurisdictions released its recommended design for the regional cap-and-trade program as part of the regional efforts being made to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This is an ...
CEQA exemption or expansion?
 July 18, 2008

AB 2988 (Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles), would exclude a contract for renewable energy entered into by a public agency from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  Energy contracts, per se, renewable or not, are not subject ...
Water quality enforcement
 July 2, 2008

Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) is the author of AB 1946 concerning water quality enforcement. Existing law requires that actions for civil penalties or punitive damages relating to hazardous waste and hazardous substances be commenced ...
Distributed generation bill to be heard in Appropriations
 July 2, 2008

CMTA supports SB 1012 (Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego) to extend eligibility under the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) for qualified distributed generation resources (as determined by the California Public Utilities Commission-CPUC) to ...
CARB to release AB32 draft scoping plan
 June 26, 2008

The AB 32 draft scoping plan was released on Thursday, June 26, 2008 by the California Air Resources Board Meeting (CARB). This is the first draft of the state's blueprint for meeting the AB 32 goals of reducing California's greenhouse gas (GHG) ...
CMTA Board votes to oppose the Renewable Energy Initiative
 June 26, 2008

The Solar and clean Energy Act of 2008, set for the November 2008 election, would drive up energy costs and interfere with rational implementation of California’s climate policies.  The CMTA Board voted to oppose the initiative last week ...
Bay Area approves greenhouse gas fees
 May 30, 2008

On Tuesday, May 21st, the Bay Area Air Quality District (BAAQMD) approved a proposal to impose fees on dozens of large and small companies to pay for the expenses related to its climate change program.  Board Member Shimansky was the only ...
CARB prepares scoping plan
 May 15, 2008

California’s landmark climate change law, AB 32 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, Chapter 488, 2006), requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to prepare a scoping plan by the end of 2008.  CARB staff will issue a draft plan on June ...
Regional planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
 May 9, 2008

Last year, Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), the incoming President Pro Tempore of the California Senate, introduced SB 375 regarding transportation planning, travel demand models, sustainable communities strategy, and environmental ...
Carbon labeling program
 April 11, 2008

On April 14, 2008, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee will hear AB 2538 (Ruskin D-Redwood City) which would require the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop and implement a carbon labeling program for selected consumer products in ...
Register now for Bay Area Market Forum
 April 11, 2008

What is a "cap and trade" emissions trading system?How will my business be impacted by the "cap"?How can my business profit by selling emission credits on the open market?What new technologies will be spurred by the creation of a cap and trade ...
New oil tax fails
 March 21, 2008

In an effort to address a portion of California’s now $8 billion deficit, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) proposed ABx3 9.  The bill would have placed a six percent tax on all oil manufactured in the state and was estimated ...
Global warming proposals are popular
 March 7, 2008

In 2006 Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 32 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles), the bill to mandate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), because he believes it will be an environmental and economic benefit to the state.  The California Air ...
Legislation seeks to put energy efficiency bonds measures on ballot
 Feb. 29, 2008

Two bills have been introduced authorizing the issuance and sale of state general obligation bonds related to renewable power and energy efficiency.  Both would be subject to voter approval on the November 4, 2008 statewide general election ...
Low-carbon fuel standard legislation reintroduced
 Feb. 22, 2008

Last fall, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation that would have codified a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS).  SB 210 (Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego) would have required the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to adopt, implement, and ...
Assembly Republicans establish E3 committee
 Feb. 22, 2008

The Assembly Republican Caucus formed a new policy committee, called E3, to discuss issues related to energy, the environment and the economy.  The establishment of the committee within the caucus is an effort to educate Republican members in ...
Bill to impose vehicle emission fee shelved
 Feb. 7, 2008

Legislation by Assemblymember Ira Ruskin (D-Redwood City) imposing a fee on new vehicles that are classified as high emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) , was pulled off the Assembly floor as it became clear the bill was going to come up short of ...
Green Chemistry Regs
 Feb. 7, 2008

On January 31st, the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) unveiled their "Green Chemistry Initiative – Phase I Report".  It is a compilation of policy options to reduce the impacts of toxic chemicals on public health and ...
AB 32 admin fees should be fair, equitable and limited
 Feb. 1, 2008

Not long after the landmark global warming bill was signed into law, AB 32 author and Speaker of the Assembly, Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles), made a formal statement clarifying the type of fees the Air Resources Board (ARB) can levy pursuant to the ...
Anti-LNG bill put on hold
 Jan. 24, 2008

Legislation making it harder to site liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities has been quietly shelved, at least for now.  SB 412 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto) has been bottled up in the Assembly Appropriations Committee since last August.The bill ...
Pro-nuclear legislation introduced
 Jan. 18, 2008

Assemblymember Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine) has introduced legislation lifting the statewide moratorium on nuclear power.AB 1776 would replace the ban with a much narrower prohibition: the Energy Commission would be prohibited from certifying a site for ...
Hydrogen highway
 Jan. 11, 2008

In his first "State of the State" address in 2003, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he intended to "show the world that economic growth and the environment can co-exist" and that the place to do it would be the "Hydrogen Highway", a planned ...
Request made for inventory of ratepayer-funded GHG programs
 Jan. 4, 2008

"How much will it cost?"  It is a question asked in all sorts of situations, every day.  And on Dec. 11, it was asked of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), about the growing number of ratepayer-funded programs aimed at ...
Retail choice proceeding enters new phase
 Dec. 21, 2007

The ongoing California Public Utilities Commission proceeding on the direct access (DA) market has entered a second phase.  The CPUC is now focused on whether and under what conditions to reopen the DA market for those currently ...
Report cites role of LNG to meet California’s energy needs
 Dec. 14, 2007

The need to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities "to better serve the natural gas needs" of California "remains inescapable," according to California energy regulators.The recently released 2007 Integrated Energy Policy ...
Efforts to put pro-nuclear measure on June ballot called off
 Dec. 6, 2007

A proposal by Assemblymember Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine) to lift the statewide moratorium on nuclear power won’t be on the June 2008 ballot.  The Orange County lawmaker threw in the towel after a number of recent public opinion polls showed a ...
On-Road Diesel Regulations Draft Available
 Nov. 30, 2007

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released a revised draft of their proposed On-Road Diesel Regulations.  Their intention is to regulate large, heavy duty diesel trucks.  The rule outlines a comprehensive program requiring two ...
Global warming business coalition to mark first anniversary
 Nov. 16, 2007

The AB 32 Implementation Group, a broad business coalition led in part by CMTA, is hosting a reception on Tues., Nov. 27 at 3:00 p.m. in Sacramento. The coalition is a positive voice in the regulatory and legislative process following the passage of ...
Governor vetoes low-carbon fuel standard measure
 Oct. 19, 2007

Governor Schwarzenegger has vetoed legislation that would have codified a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS). SB 210 (Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego) would have required the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to adopt, implement, and enforce LCFS by ...
Governor vetoes low-carbon fuel standard measure
 Oct. 19, 2007

Governor Schwarzenegger has vetoed legislation that would have codified a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS).  SB 210 (Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego) would have required the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to adopt, implement, and enforce ...
Combined heat & power legislation likely to get governor’s signature
 Oct. 12, 2007

While the guessing game continues as to which energy-related bills the Governor may sign or veto, the conventional wisdom is that he will sign legislation by Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo), AB 1613, requiring utilities to include ...
Air Board to conduct AB 32 Technology Advisory Committee Meeting
 Oct. 4, 2007

The California Air Resources Board’s (ARB) Global Warming Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee (Committee) will hold its next public meeting on October 16, 2007.Pursuant to AB 32 (The Global Warming Solutions Act), the ...
Public input deadline for GHG reduction measures: Oct. 1
 Sept. 28, 2007

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) deadline for receiving public input on ideas for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction measures is Monday, Oct. 1. Last year's AB 32 (The Global Warming Solutions Act, Chapter 488, Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los ...
CEQA & climate policies forum for Southern California businesses – October 10
 Sept. 21, 2007

Attorney General Jerry Brown and others have filed CEQA challenges against public and private projects asserting that an analysis of greenhouse gases should be included in environmental impact reports now that last year’s AB 32 (The Global ...
On climate change, modest gains for Senate dems
 Sept. 14, 2007

At a Capitol press conference in February, Senate Democrats introduced a package of bills to "create a simple, direct and cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gases right now here in California."The reaction from the Governor's office was swift ...
Bill to continue interruptible programs sent to the governor
 Sept. 7, 2007

A bill that continues utility interruptible programs through 2015 appears poised to reach the Governor’s desk.  SB 428 (Bob Dutton, R-Inland Empire), which requires the California Public Utilities Commission to require utilities to offer ...
Anti-LNG bill dealt major setback
 Aug. 31, 2007

In what is clearly good news for California consumers and businesses, legislation making it harder to site liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities was held in committee on Aug. 30. The action by the Assembly Appropriations Committee means that the ...
DA supporters form alliance as PUC considers allowing more retail choice
 Aug. 24, 2007

 Direct access (DA), the right to choose energy suppliers, has been allowed for some customers but not others since the fall of 2001.  It was then that the retail market was divided in two.  DA customers were allowed to continue on DA ...
Amendments to anti-LNG bill will lead to perpetual litigation
 Aug. 17, 2007

A bill that makes it harder for liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities to be sited in California was recently amended to make it harder still. SB 412 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto) requires that environmental impact reports include an analysis of ...
Effort to increase renewable portfolio put off until next year
 Aug. 10, 2007

Legislation increasing the utility renewable electricity portfolio requirement from 20 percent to one-third has stalled in the Assembly and won’t be considered again by legislators until next January at the earliest. Pursuant to law and the ...
Market-based system is best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
 Aug. 3, 2007

The AB 32 Implementation Group, a coalition of more than 130 organizations and Businesses (CMTA is an executive member), submitted comments recently supporting the findings of the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Market Advisory ...
Bill to continue interruptible programs in Assembly
 July 20, 2007

For two decades, large electricity users have been offered discounted rates from investor-owned utilities in exchange for agreeing to curtail their electricity service when peak demand threatens grid reliability.   Several times during the ...
Anti-nuke bill put on hold
 July 13, 2007

Nuclear power, controversial from the start, is beginning to acquire some unlikely supporters.  The reason is that nuclear plants provide a significant amount of non greenhouse-gas emitting electricity, a key consideration as California embarks ...
Major changes within Cal EPA's Air Resources Board
 July 13, 2007

Last week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger fired Robert Sawyer, the Chairman of the State Air Resources Board.  His dismissal was followed quickly by the resignation of Catherine Witherspoon, the Board's Executive Director.  Sawyer was ...
Renewable diesel fuel bill considered in Assembly
 July 6, 2007

Legislation mandating the increased use of alternative diesel fuels has passed the Senate and will be heard in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on July 9.  SB 140 (Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego) requires that diesel fuel sold in this ...
LNG supply bill to be heard in Assembly
 June 29, 2007

The Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee will hear a bill on July 2 that could cause severe delays in the delivery of new natural gas supplies to California. SB 412 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto) prohibits the governor or a state or local entity ...
Climate policies forum for Southern California businesses on June 26
 June 15, 2007

Space is limited and spots are filling up fast!How will Southern California businesses be impacted by AB 32 regulations (The Global Warming Solutions Act, Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006, Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles)?  How do market mechanisms ...
Anti-nuke bill to be heard in Assembly
 June 8, 2007

"All politics is local," the famous line by U.S. House speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, certainly applies to a bill now being considered in California relating to nuclear power.AB 1046 (Mark Leno, D-San Francisco) prohibits the California Public ...
Green building bills are back
 June 1, 2007

Green building bills that were introduced with only intent language have lately picked up more substance.  Two bills in particular have caught CMTA’s attention, AB 1058 (John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, and Ted Lieu, D-Torrance) and AB 1065 ...
Managing (climate) change
 June 1, 2007

CMTA Energy Conference, July 25-27, Tahoe The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, more commonly known as AB 32, is a quick read, a mere 17 pages.  It’s requirements are fairly straightforward: California must cut its greenhouse gas ...
CPUC considers ending hybrid energy market to allow more retail choice
 May 25, 2007

Direct access (DA), the right to choose energy suppliers, has been allowed for some but not others since September 2001.  It was then that the retail market was divided in two.  DA customers were allowed to continue on DA with a hefty ...
Details begin to emerge on low-carbon fuel standard
 May 18, 2007

Four short months after signing an executive order establishing a low-carbon fuel standard, Governor Schwarzenegger delivered a keynote speech at an international symposium in Berkeley in which he provided a first glimpse of his plan to reduce the ...
Electricity demand-response seminars being conducted across the State
 May 18, 2007

In preparation for the coming summer, many CMTA member companies are conducting electricity demand-response seminars for California's large industrial consumers.  These programs are designed to increase awareness and help large users find ways ...
31 states to form greenhouse gas emissions registry
 May 11, 2007

31 states, including California, announced recently the formation of a national registry to measure and track greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by industry.  The Climate Registry, while voluntary, is a significant first step toward what many hope ...
Renewable portfolio bill stalled
 May 4, 2007

Legislation increasing the utility renewable electricity portfolio requirement from 20 percent to one-third has stalled in the Assembly, and won’t be acted upon again until next January at the earliest. Pursuant to law and the state "Energy ...
Coalition Urges Full Investigation of GHG ‘Early Actions’
 April 27, 2007

How will the proposed actions to reduce carbon in transportation fuels impact supplies and prices for gasoline? What new infrastructure will be required to supply these fuels and how and when will it be complete? Are these early actions ...
California stuck near bottom in ranking of legal climate
 April 27, 2007

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) this week announced that California moved down one spot to number 45 in Lawsuit Climate 2007: Ranking the States, an annual assessment of state liability systems conducted by Harris Interactive, a ...
Anti-LNG legislation scheduled for hearing
 April 20, 2007

Legislation that would make it harder for liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities to be sited in California will be heard in the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee on Apr. 24.  SB 412 (Simitian) requires the California Energy ...
Formaldehyde emissions limits could be tightened
 April 20, 2007

Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) introduced SB 509 which would prohibit the manufacturing or selling of composite wood products in California unless they comply with increasingly more stringent specified air emission limits effective January 1, ...
An unwarranted precedent for radioactive cleanup
 April 13, 2007

For the fifth year in a row, Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) has introduced a bill to impose more onerous cleanup standards on the Santa Susanna Field Laboratory (SSFL), a site that is in her district.   SB 990 would prohibit the ...
Business coalition launches website about greenhouse gas policies
 April 13, 2007

The AB 32 Implementation Group, a broad business coalition, launched their website last week offering information about greenhouse gas emissions and recommendations for the successful implementation of the state’s required emission ...
Adequate power supplies predicted for this summer
 April 5, 2007

State energy officials are predicting that power supplies will be adequate this summer, but caution that the supply situation will be tight in the Southern California region. At a recent hearing of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, Jim ...
New report pegs cost of US tort system at 27 times federal spending on homeland security
 March 30, 2007

America’s out-of-control legal system imposes a staggering economic cost of over $865 billion every year according to a new economic analysis released by the Pacific Research Institute (PRI), a free-market think tank based in San Francisco, ...
Anti-LNG legislative efforts begin anew
 March 23, 2007

Undaunted by last year's defeat of his SB 426, Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) has introduced legislation this year that would likely make it harder for liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities to be sited in California.SB 412, as introduced, is ...
Legislation continues interruptible programs
 March 16, 2007

For two decades, large electricity users have been offered discounted rates from investor-owned utilities in exchange for agreeing to curtail their electricity service when peak demand threatens grid reliability.  Numerous times during the ...
Combined heat and power legislation introduced
 March 9, 2007

Two measures that promote combined heat and power (CHP) were introduced just prior to the deadline for introduction of new bills.  CHP, also known as cogeneration, uses heat that would otherwise be wasted to generate electricity.   ...
UC research conf. to focus on challenges facing electricity industry
 March 2, 2007

In Berkeley every March, the University of California Energy Institute's Center for the Study of Energy Markets (CSEM) conducts a one day research conference on electricity industry regulation and restructuring and presents the work of leading ...
Senate democrats unveil climate change bill package
 Feb. 23, 2007

Senate Democratic leadership introduced an eight-bill package on climate change that would go far beyond the landmark bill signed into law last year, AB 32 (Chapter 488) (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles). Governor Schwarzenegger’s press secretary ...
Appointments secretary named to CPUC
 Feb. 16, 2007

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Timothy Alan Simon, a top aide, to the California Public Utilities Commission. He takes the position vacated by Commissioner Geoffrey Brown. Simon has served as appointments secretary since January 2006, ...
Budget skirmish likely over climate change implementation
 Feb. 1, 2007

Every spring and summer there are a handful of issues that threaten to hold up the state budget.  This year one of those issues is the implementation of AB 32 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles) (Statutes of 2006, Chapter 488), the Global Warming ...
Emission reduction incentives
 Feb. 1, 2007

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District held a meeting on Monday, January 29th, to develop concepts, principles and funding strategies for tax and/or other incentives for ...
AB 32 Advisory Committees Named
 Jan. 25, 2007

Pursuant to the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has announced the membership of two new advisory committees—the Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee and the Environmental ...
Energy-telecom committees named for 2007-08 session
 Jan. 25, 2007

Legislative leaders have named the members of the energy and telecommunications committees. In the Assembly, Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) expanded the membership of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee by one, making it a 12-member ...
ARB Climate Change Implementation Workshop, Jan. 22
 Jan. 19, 2007

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will conduct two key public meetings on Jan. 22 in Sacramento relating to the implementation of AB 32 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles) (Statutes of 2006, Chapter 488).  The first workshop, from 9:30 to ...
Legislation to increase utility renewable requirement
 Jan. 11, 2007

Pursuant to legislation and the state "Energy Action Plan", the California Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires utilities and other retail sellers to increase their level of renewable resources by one percent a year until a 20 percent ...
Cogeneration stands to gain from climate change efforts
 Dec. 15, 2006

For supporters of natural gas combined heat and power (CHP), progress made in recent years has been uneven at best – a win here, a loss there.CHP, also known as cogeneration, uses heat that would otherwise be wasted to generate ...
California’s hybrid energy market: Some have retail choice, some don’t rid energy market: Some have retail choice, some don’t
 Dec. 8, 2006

Direct access (DA) – the right to choose energy suppliers -- was the centerpiece of California’s electric restructuring in 1996.  Then came the 2000-01 crisis, the suspension of DA, and the hybrid approach that has characterized ...
AB 32 Implementation Process Is Now Underway
 Dec. 1, 2006

In a series of public meetings held this week in Sacramento, state regulators began the task of implementing AB 32 (Nunez), the landmark bill signed into law two months ago capping greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and requiring annual mandatory ...
Governor's Energy Adviser Returns to Private Sector
 Dec. 1, 2006

Joseph Desmond, who resigned in mid-November as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Undersecretary for Energy Affairs to focus on opportunities in the private sector will now go to work for NorthernStar Natural Gas, Inc., as their senior vice president of ...
Industrial users' impacted by low-income natural gas subsidy
 Nov. 10, 2006

Natural gas is one of life's necessities.  It heats our homes, keeps our factories running and fuels our economy.  Tight supplies are already causing high natural gas prices - more than double what they were in 2000. Consumers and ...
Perata to Gov: Exec order violates AB 32
 Oct. 26, 2006

Less than a week after Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) raised similar concerns, Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland) accused the Schwarzenegger Administration of overstepping its authority on greenhouse gas (GHG) ...
Governor signs global warming executive order
 Oct. 20, 2006

Less than a month after signing historic climate change legislation (AB 32, Chapter #488, Statutes of 2006, Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles) Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reaffirmed his commitment to addressing global warming and signed an executive ...
Governor signs more greenhouse gas bills
 Oct. 6, 2006

A few days after the photo opportunity signing of the landmark greenhouse gas (GHG) cap bill on Treasure Island, Governor Schwarzenegger signed two other GHG-related bills and another relating to customer-owned generation, minus the pomp and ...
CMTA/IEA Environmental Conference & Expo
 Oct. 6, 2006

The Greening of CaliforniaNov. 14-15, 2006Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Tracks include: Air Quality | Climate Change | Hazardous Materials | Chemical Policy | Water Quality | Sustainability | Biotech | Plating. Registration and details now ...
Governor signs landmark bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions
 Sept. 29, 2006

On Treasure Island on Sept. 27, with the San Francisco skyline in the background, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law landmark legislation establishing a mandatory cap on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Now comes the hard part. California ...
Save the date – CMTA/IEA Environmental Conference, November 14-15, Sheraton San Diego
 Sept. 29, 2006

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association and the Industrial Environmental Association will be putting on their 5th Annual Statewide Regulatory Issues & Environmental Conference at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, ...
Hydrogen performance standard bill on governor’s desk
 Sept. 22, 2006

In his first "State of the State" address, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he intended to "show the world that economic growth and the environment can co-exist" and that the place to do it would be the "Hydrogen ...
Anti-LNG bill defeated
 Sept. 15, 2006

In a legislative session marked by some key wins by environmental advocates, SB 426 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto) stands out as a rare victory for advocates of new energy supplies for the State. On Aug. 31, the Assembly Utilities and Commerce ...
Familiar labor legislation sent to Governor Schwarzenegger
 Sept. 8, 2006

The last week of the two-year session saw a number of labor friendly bills sent to the Governor for consideration.  Many of the pieces of legislation passed out of the Assembly and Senate are revivals of bills that were vetoed by Governor ...
CMTA requests vetoes on important bills
 Sept. 8, 2006

The Governor has until September 30 to sign or veto hundreds of bills sent to him by the legislature. CMTA is working to get vetoes on the most damaging bills to the economy and supporting a few bills that will help keep manufacturers ...
The scarlet letter for air quality violators
 Sept. 8, 2006

Last week, the legislature passed AB 2823, Air Violation Posting, authored by Assemblymember Ira Ruskin (D-Redwood City).  While CMTA had originally opposed the bill, amendments earlier this year removed our opposition.  The bill initially ...
Kehoe named Senate Energy Chair
 Sept. 8, 2006

Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland) has named Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) to be chairwoman of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee for the 2007-2008 legislative session. "For two years Senator ...
October symposium - "Facing California's Energy Future"
 Sept. 8, 2006

The National Energy Institute has put together their second National Energy Symposium, scheduled for October 12th in the State Capitol.  The symposium, Facing California's Energy Future, will examine the science and economics of energy issues ...
Governor to sign cap on emissions
 Sept. 1, 2006

On the day before adjournment, after months of negotiations, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic legislative leaders announced a deal on climate change legislation, paving the way for the Governor to sign into law landmark legislation ...
Global warming bill negotiations focus on emissions trading
 Aug. 25, 2006

With the August 31 deadline for adjournment looming, agreement on AB 32 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles) remains elusive as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic legislative leaders disagree over key provisions related to the trading of ...
SB 426 would slow down new natural gas supplies
 Aug. 25, 2006

SB 426 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto) would limit the Governor's authority to approve new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals on the California coast.  It requires a study on the need for more natural gas, a ranking and extensive evaluation of ...
“The Greening of Energy”
Issues, Perspectives and Opinions

 Aug. 24, 2006

Recently energy experts, regulators, utilities, businesses and others gathered for two days of discussion regarding energy and climate change policies for California. We hope this brief overview of the perspectives and opinions shared at the ...
Combustible engines cut from self-generation legislation
 Aug. 18, 2006

Recent amendments to AB 2778 (Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View) remove fossil fuel combustion technologies from the Self-Generation Incentive program (SGIP), although a compromise on the bill may be in the works.This bill extends the SGIP to 2012 with ...
Power Plant Greenhouse Gas Standard Bill Moves Along
 Aug. 11, 2006

While most of the focus this August is on Speaker Nunez’s mandatory emissions cap bill, AB 32—a bill the governor is likely to sign—another important greenhouse gas (GHG) bill, SB 1368 (Perata), moves along in the legislative ...
Record heat wave gives way to cooler weather
 Aug. 4, 2006

The month of July was one of the hottest in recent memory.  Near the end of the month several records were set, including an all-time record demand on Monday, July 24: 50,269 Megawatts (MW).  The July 24 record triggered a Stage Two power ...
Mandatory greenhouse gas emissions limits to be debated in August
 July 21, 2006

One of the biggest bills to be considered when legislators return in August is AB 32 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles) which would impose enforceable limits on greenhouse gas emissions to meet reduction goals set out by the Governor in his executive ...
CMTA Energy Conference
 July 14, 2006

California's Green Energy Policies July 26-28, 2006, South Lake Tahoe The CMTA Energy Conference in South Lake Tahoe will host Schwarzenegger administration officials, energy regulators and industry leaders for roundtable discussions on electric and ...
'Renewables at any cost' bill to be amended: Cost cap issue addressed
 June 21, 2006

In California, renewable power is an idea whose time has come.  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislators alike have shown strong support for proposals and legislation encouraging renewable power.  The same goes for the state's energy ...
‘Vampire slayer’ bill aimed at electronics
 June 16, 2006

The "California Vampire Slayer Act of 2006" is a clever title for a bill, but the content of AB 1970 (Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys) is no laughing matter.   The bill creates a state-level mandatory labeling requirement for consumer ...
Hydrogen environmental performance standards bill clears Senate
 June 2, 2006

"I intend to show the world that economic growth and the environment can co-exist."  Those were the words of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, in his first State of the State speech.  He was referring to the Hydrogen Highway, a ...
QF payment bill dropped
 May 26, 2006

Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) has dropped her bill, SB 1833, relating to Section 390 of the California Public Utilities Code and how energy prices are paid to Qualifying Facilities (QFs). QFs include industrial combined heat and power ...
Analysis says GHG standard could increase electricity prices
 May 19, 2006

The momentum propelling Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland) and his greenhouse gas (GHG) performance standard bill, SB 1368, has slowed a bit, thanks to a recent Senate fiscal analysis. The bill, which would require the California ...
Air pollution mitigation fee proposed for border power plants
 May 11, 2006

In recent years, the government of Mexico has approved three power plants for construction near the U.S.-Mexico border: the Sempra-owned Termoelectrica de Mexacali, and two plants owned by InterGen, La Rosita and Energia de Baja California.  ...
Legislation overreaches on hydrogen highway plans
 May 5, 2006

In an executive order last year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed the development of a California Hydrogen Network, a network of hydrogen refueling stations along California's highways.  The first step was the convening of a panel to ...
Schwarzenegger wants more bioenergy
 April 28, 2006

On April 25, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an Executive Order (S-06-06) intended to create abundant biomass resources from agriculture, forestry and urban wastes to provide transportation fuels and electricity for California’s fuel and ...
Key legislators balk at confirming energy chief
 April 28, 2006

The chairman of the California Energy Commission, Joseph Desmond, needs to be confirmed by the State Senate by May 7th in order to keep his job, but Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland) won’t even schedule a confirmation hearing. ...
GOP Vice Chairs to be key energy players in ‘06
 March 23, 2006

Many issues important to business tend to divide the legislature along party lines, such as taxation, corporate liability, and labor laws. Such is not the case this year for some energy policies of great importance to California manufacturers.  ...
Help conserve energy this summer: Participate in voluntary load reduction program
 March 23, 2006

CMTA is encouraging member companies once again to take part in the California Independent System Operators (Cal-ISO) Voluntary Load Reduction Program (VLRP) in an effort to conserve energy in the event of an emergency crisis this summer.  ...
Bill would increase costs to industrials for low-income natural gas discount
 March 10, 2006

Legislation has been introduced to make it easier for residential customers to qualify for the California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE) program. Existing decisions by  the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) establish ...
Electric Retail Choice legislation reintroduced
 March 3, 2006

Direct access (DA), or customer choice, was the centerpiece of California’s landmark electric restructuring in 1996.  Five years later, it was suspended by the Legislature, with current DA customers allowed to continue on DA with a hefty ...
Low-income natural gas discount cost allocation an issue
 Feb. 24, 2006

Legislation has been introduced to expand enrollment for the California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE) program, which provides a 20 percent discount on low-income natural gas customer’s bills, at apartment buildings, mobilehome parks and ...
Muni energy efficiency bill introduced
 Feb. 17, 2006

Assemblyman Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys) has introduced legislation aimed at requiring the state’s municipal utilities to comply with energy efficiency requirements that currently apply to investor-owned utilities (IOUs). AB 2020 is currently a ...
CEC chair reappointed, possible confirmation battle ahead
 Feb. 10, 2006

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated Joseph Desmond to serve a full term as chair of the California Energy Commission on January 27th, setting the stage for a possible confirmation battle in the Senate. Desmond was appointed last May to fill ...
Natural gas prices bottom out, but will remain high
 Feb. 3, 2006

The good news is that natural gas prices appear to have bottomed out.  The bad news is that the new "base" or "floor" for gas prices is $8.50 per MMBtu (one million British thermal units), according to many industry observers. A relatively ...
"Qualifying facilities" legislation may be introduced
 Jan. 27, 2006

Pacific Gas & Electric is seeking to amend current law relating to Qualifying Facilities (QFs), a move that could adversely impact thousands of megawatts of combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration and renewable energy currently ...
Report focuses on renewable energy contract failure
 Jan. 20, 2006

The California Energy Commission (CEC) released a study on January 12 that finds that an overall contract failure rate of 20-30 percent should be expected for large renewable energy solicitations by California investor-owned utilities (IOUs). The ...
New CPUC appointee has extensive telecom experience
 Jan. 13, 2006

 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has named Rachel Chong, a former member of the Federal Communications Commission with more than 21 years of experience in telecommunications law and policy, to the California Public Utilities Commission. The ...
CMTA Voices Concerns on Solar Proposal
 Jan. 6, 2006

The Schwarzenegger Administration and state regulators are pushing ahead with plans for a roll-out of the "California Solar Initiative" or "CSI" by 2007, despite serious concerns expressed by stakeholders about the program and ...
With Kennedy’s departure, business loses ally at CPUC
 Dec. 2, 2005

The departure of Susan Kennedy from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is likely to have a significant impact on CPUC rulemakings and deliberations. Appointed by then-Governor Gray Davis in 2003, Kennedy quickly impressed observers ...
Energy Reregulation Initiative Defeated
 Nov. 10, 2005

Prop. 80 was the most recent attempt to move California energy policy back toward a traditional, cost-of-service based system for electric supply. It would have eliminated future direct access and regulated current direct access suppliers more like ...
Low-income natural gas discount shifts costs to industrial users
 Nov. 4, 2005

On October 27, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a decision expanding enrollment for the California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE) program, which provides a 20 percent discount on low-income customers' bills. ...
The need for natural gas
 Nov. 4, 2005

For nearly a year, CMTA has been leading a coalition of businesses and consumer groups, Californians for Clean Affordable Safe Energy (Cal-CASE), to encourage California to increase the supply of natural gas through the siting of Liquefied Natural ...
Study on proposed Long Beach LNG terminal concludes no environmental threat
 Oct. 14, 2005

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in conjunction with environmental staffs from the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies announced last week that a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Port of Long Beach would pose no ...
Senate hearing on LNG permitting
 Oct. 14, 2005

The Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee will conduct an informational hearing on the permitting process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals on Thursday, October 27 at 10 a.m. in the State Capitol.   Among those ...
Hurricanes push up natural gas prices
 Sept. 23, 2005

With 20 percent of the nation's natural gas production coming from the Gulf Coast, the one-two punch of Katrina and Rita will have a significant impact on natural gas prices.  This in turn will impact electricity rates, especially in California ...
Gov. switches venue on solar bill
 Sept. 16, 2005

What happens if the centerpiece of your energy package is bottled up in the Legislature with no chance of further legislative action until January?  If you're Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, you shift gears and try your luck at the California ...
Coalition opposing Proposition 80 grows
 Sept. 16, 2005

Energy consumers including business, agriculture and school interests as well as environmental groups and energy companies are stepping up to voice their opposition to Proposition 80 on the special election ballot November 8.  By joining the ...
Solar bill fails to reach Governor's desk
 Sept. 9, 2005

It was one of the Governor's top legislative priorities, and now, one of his major disappointments. The Schwarzenegger Administration's "Million Solar Roofs Initiative", SB 1 (Kevin Murray, D-Los Angeles), failed to get out of the Assembly and back ...
CPUC opposes energy measure (Prop 80)
 Sept. 9, 2005

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously voted to oppose Proposition 80, the measure on the November special election ballot to change California energy policy. **CMTA urges all companies in California to join the coalition ...
CPUC allows rate discounts for distressed companies
 Sept. 9, 2005

On Thursday, September 8, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) agreed that utilities should be allowed to offer economic development rates to companies that would otherwise move operations out of the region.   The economic ...
Governor reintroduces energy re-organization plan
 Sept. 2, 2005

On August 31, the Schwarzenegger Administration reintroduced legislation to reorganize the state’s energy agencies.  AB 1165 (Russ Bogh, R-Beaumont) consolidates various energy functions and creates a cabinet-level Energy Department. The ...
Natural gas prices on the rise
 Sept. 2, 2005

For nearly a year CMTA has been leading a coalition of businesses and consumer groups, Californians for Clean Affordable Safe Energy (Cal-CASE), to encourage the state of California to increase the supply of natural gas through the siting of LNG ...
Invitation to Natural Gas Forum
 Sept. 2, 2005

CMTA members are invited to join natural gas experts at "The LDC Forum, Rockies & West." This super-regional conference will be held at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles on November 7-9, 2005. The focus of the forum will be on ...
Rolling blackouts in Southland
 Aug. 26, 2005

The first rolling blackouts since the 2000-2001 crisis hit Southern California on Thursday, August 25.  Power was cut to approximately 700,000 homes and 800 megawatts (MW) of interruptible customer load after a major transmission line was ...
Solar legislation would impact large users’ energy bills
 Aug. 19, 2005

SB 1 (Kevin Murray, D-Los Angeles), the Schwarzenegger Administration’s "Million Solar Roofs Initiative," could prove very costly for large energy users. Under the bill, the costs of the program would be allocated to customers on a cents ...
CMTA opposes efforts to limit advanced metering
 Aug. 12, 2005

Time of use (TOU) meters and tariffs provide strong price signals and encourage conservation during peak demand periods, thus enhancing system reliability.  They also more accurately reflect the actual cost to serve each customer, compared to ...
2005 CMTA Energy Conference Wrap Up
 Aug. 5, 2005

Another successful conference tackles California’s most critical energy issues On July 27-29, leaders from the energy industry, legislature, and state and federal energy agencies joined members of California’s manufacturing community at the ...
CMTA to Help Defeat Proposition 80
 Aug. 5, 2005

On November 8 voters will get a chance to decide on California’s future energy policy. Far-reaching changes to eliminate future direct access, to limit advanced metering and real time pricing, and to make renewable energy policy less flexible ...
Supreme Court orders electricity re-regulation measure back on Nov. ballot
 July 28, 2005

The California Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision Wednesday and ordered election officials to place an initiative that would re-regulate the state's electricity market back on the Nov. 8 special election ballot. The justices, in a 6-0 ...
California Court of Appeal Removes Prop. 80 from the Ballot
 July 22, 2005

On Friday, July 23, California’s Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, ruled 3-0 to remove Proposition 80 from the November Ballot.  This ruling will likely be appealed to the California Supreme Court. Proposition 80 would have ...
Infrastructure Panel to Kick Off CMTA Energy Conference
 July 22, 2005

The hot weather in recent weeks has focused attention on something policymakers and large energy users have been focusing on for some time now: the possibility that the state could be facing an energy shortage this summer or next. ...
Will Electricity Re-Reg Measure be on the Ballot?
 July 15, 2005

On July 20 the Court of Appeals will hear arguments on whether the ballot measure to stop new direct access, to change the rules for current direct access customers and to regulate energy service providers like utilities violates the state ...
Cal-ISO Reduces Grid Charge and Workforce
 July 15, 2005

The California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO), the agency responsible for ensuring the reliability of the state’s electric grid, announced on July 13 that it will lower transmission charges by 15 percent next year.  The Grid ...
Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal Bills Move
 July 8, 2005

Legislation that would significantly slow down the permitting process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals gained momentum on Wednesday, July 6th, with back-to-back votes of approval by two key policy committees. SB 426 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo ...
Solar Legislation Would Be Costly for Large Users
 July 1, 2005

The Schwarzenegger Administration’s ambitious "Million Solar Roofs Initiative," could cost large energy users much more than they will benefit from the solar-generated power. At an informational hearing of the Assembly Utilities and ...
Governor Submits Energy ‘Reorg’ Plan
 June 22, 2005

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger formally submitted his energy agency reorganization plan to the Legislature on June 13th.  Governor’s Reorganization Plan (GPR 3) consolidates various energy functions and creates a cabinet-level Energy ...
CPUC conflict standards bill moving along
 June 17, 2005

Legislation imposing tough new conflict of interest standards for members of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has cleared the Senate and will be heard on June 20th in the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee. While current ...
Cal-ISO Chief to speak at CMTA Energy Conference
 June 9, 2005

Yakout Mansour, President and CEO of the California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO), the agency responsible for ensuring the reliability of the state’s electric grid, will deliver the keynote address at the CMTA Energy Conference in late ...
Take Part in California ISO’s Voluntary Load Reduction Program
 June 9, 2005

CMTA is encouraging members once again to participate in the California Independent System Operators (Cal-ISO) Voluntary Load Reduction Program (VLRP) in a pledge to conserve energy for California during a potential power emergency this summer. The ...
Tight Electricity Supply Situation in Southland This Summer
 June 3, 2005

State and federal energy officials are predicting a tight electricity supply situation in Southern California this summer if the weather is unusually hot.  They say the situation could be worse in the summer of 2006. Southern California faces ...
“Core-Noncore” Energy Bill Put on Hold
 May 27, 2005

The Schwarzenegger Administration-sponsored retail electric "core-noncore" bill was held in committee on May 26th, making it very unlikely the Legislature will take action this year on reopening the direct access (DA) market. The Assembly ...
Backers of electricity re-regulation submit signatures
 May 20, 2005

A labor-supported group called the "Alliance for a Better California" has submitted signatures for a ballot initiative that would prohibit new direct access (DA) and significantly hinder existing DA. The so-called "Repeal of Electricity ...
Limiting real time metering for residential customers
 May 13, 2005

AB 1009 (Keith Richman, R-Northridge), which requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to develop time-of-use (TOU) pricing tariffs and to require real-time metering for all customers, on a phased-in basis pursuant to a specified ...
Gov. appoints new CPUC Commissioner & CEC Chairman
 May 6, 2005

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed John Bohn, a former Wall Street executive, to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and Joe Desmond, a deputy cabinet secretary at the Resources Agency, as chairman of the California Energy ...
Governor’s Solar Bill Faces Tough Questioning
 April 29, 2005

SB 1 (Kevin Murray, D-Los Angeles), the administration-sponsored "Million Solar Roofs Initiative," didn’t have any easy go of things at its first policy committee hearing on April 26th. Members of the Senate Energy, Utilities and ...
Two Bills Deal With Time-of-Use Meters and Tariffs
 April 22, 2005

Reducing electricity usage during peak demand periods helps ensure the reliability of the state’s electric grid.  CMTA supports a wide array of voluntary demand response programs to offer customers a menu of choices.  Because of the ...
Electricity retail market bills to be considered
 April 15, 2005

The legislative policy committees will soon hear legislation lifting the suspension of direct access (DA) and establishing a "core-noncore" market.  AB 1704 by Assemblymember Keith Richman (R – Northridge) will be heard in the Assembly ...
Renewable Power Catching On
 April 8, 2005

Renewable power is catching on with state policymakers, both in Sacramento and at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC). The trend started in 2002, with the enactment of legislation establishing a ...
CPUC Judge Proposes Postponing Peak Pricing Plan
 April 1, 2005

Two months ago, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a framework for default Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) tariffs for commercial and industrial customers (usage above 200 kw) to take effect this June. The proposal is aimed at ...
LNG Safety Compendium Released
 March 25, 2005

The just released consultant report, entitled "International and National Efforts to Address the Safety and Security Risks of Importing Liquefied Natural Gas: A Compendium," examines risk assessment, safety and security procedures, as well as the ...
LNG Study Bill Introduced
 March 18, 2005

Assemblyman Joe Canciamilla (D-Pittsburg) has introduced legislation, AB 993, requiring the California Energy Commission (CEC) to assess the role of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in meeting California's natural gas needs. The bill includes a ...
Bill to Expand CPUC Intervenor Compensation
 March 11, 2005

Sen. Martha Escutia (D-Whittier) recently introduced legislation significantly expanding the California Public Utilities Commission’s intervenor compensation process. Existing law provides compensation for "reasonable" ...
Port Bills Flourish
 March 4, 2005

Ninety-seven percent of all goods entering or leaving California by ship go through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. A significant factor in California’s economic recovery will be the viability of our port system. Not only do the ports ...
Legislative Focus on Electricity Transmission
 March 4, 2005

Since the 2000-2001 electricity crisis, most of the new power plants slated for construction in California have been postponed or canceled due to a combination of factors including low wholesale electricity prices, the Enron scandal, regulatory ...
New Leadership at Cal-ISO
 Feb. 25, 2005

The Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO), the public benefit corporation that oversees the state’s electric grid, has appointed Yakout Mansour as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective next ...
Nunez Authors Resource Adequacy Bill
 Feb. 18, 2005

Following through on his pledge to author a bill on resource adequacy in the new legislative session, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) has introduced AB 380, a measure that is drastically-scaled back from last year’s AB 2006 ...
CMTA-Lead Coalition on LNG Seeks Participation
 Feb. 18, 2005

CMTA invites you to join a growing coalition concerned about a potential shortage of natural gas in California and the need for alternative sources such as through deliveries liquefied natural gas (LNG). Californians for Clean Affordable Safe Energy ...
CPUC Reform on Sacramento’s Radar
 Feb. 11, 2005

Two bills have been introduced in the new legislative session relating to reform of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). SB 15 (Martha Escutia, D-Whittier) the new chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, ...
Energy Commission Chair Stepping Down
 Feb. 4, 2005

William Keese, widely regarded as an able public servant who helped steer the state through the energy crisis of 2000-2001, announced recently that he will be stepping down as chairman of the California Energy Commission (CEC). Keese has served as ...
CPUC Approves Peak Pricing Plan
 Feb. 4, 2005

On January 27th the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a framework for default Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) tariffs for commercial and industrial customers (whose usage is above 200 kw). The decision is aimed at reducing usage ...
Significant Turnover on Utilities Committees
 Jan. 14, 2005

As the 2005-06 session gets underway, the Legislature’s two policy committees on energy, telecommunications and utilities have several new members and a new chairperson. The Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee has five new ...
More Energy Infrastructure Needed, Says Gov.
 Jan. 9, 2005

In his annual State of the State message, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said the state urgently needs more power infrastructure. "California has long been the national leader in energy conservation. We must continue that leadership, but we ...
Two New CPUC Commissioners
 Dec. 17, 2004

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced his intention to appoint Dian Grueneich (D) and Steve Poizner (R) to fill upcoming vacancies on the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Grueneich, 52, has more than two decades of experience in ...
Cal-CASE: CMTA Leading Coalition to Support LNG
 Dec. 3, 2004

CMTA and a growing list of other business associations and businesses have joined to promote the siting of one or more liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities to serve California. The coalition, Californians for Clean Affordable and Safe Energy ...
Escutia Named Senate Energy Chair
 Nov. 19, 2004

Senate President Pro Tem-elect Don Perata (D-Oakland) has named Martha Escutia (D-Norwalk) to be chairwoman of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee. "Martha has a long history of being a strong voice for consumers," ...
Two CPUC Appointments By End of Year
 Nov. 11, 2004

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will undergo a significant change at the end of the year when two Gray Davis appointees are replaced with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first appointments to the CPUC. Commissioners Carl ...
Power Reserves Deadline Changed to ‘06
 Nov. 4, 2004

By a 3-2 vote, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) accelerated the deadline for investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to acquire electricity reserves to protect the grid from potential blackouts. The IOUs must line up the extra supplies ...
Nunez to Author Major Energy Bill in ‘05
 Oct. 22, 2004

Undeterred by the Governor's veto of AB 2006, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) says he will introduce similar legislation in the next legislative session. AB 2006, the most controversial energy-related bill of the 2003-2004 session, ...
Infrastructure Recommendations (Volume IV, Chapter 4)
 Oct. 8, 2004

INF 22 – Combine Infrastructure Siting Authorities Into One Agency Comment: CMTA supports this proposal. The California Public Utilities Commission has been neither timely nor sufficiently supportive when it comes to transmission upgrades in ...
Report Warns of Tight Power Supplies
 Sept. 24, 2004

A recent draft report by the California Energy Commission warns of future energy shortages if action is not taken soon to attract new energy investment. If a number of older power plants retire and additional resources don’t come on line ...
Nunez Says He’s For Direct Access
 Sept. 18, 2004

At a recent meeting of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) said he supports direct access (DA) and customer choice. "Why not let the big industrial users shop around for the best price?" ...
Gov. Urged to Veto New Layer of Utility Procurement Requirements
 Sept. 3, 2004

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez's (D-Los Angeles) utility procurement and cost recovery legislation, AB 2006, squeaked through the Assembly on the final night of the 2003-04 legislative session and is now on the Governor's desk. Governor ...
Major Energy Bill is End of Session Play
 Aug. 20, 2004

As is often the case with major legislation, the most significant energy bill this year will be decided in the last week of the legislative session. AB 2006 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles) will come before the full Senate, probably by mid-week, and ...
Resources Agency Weighs in on AB 2006
 Aug. 13, 2004

The California Resources Agency has taken a "oppose unless amended" position on AB 2006 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles). In a strongly worded letter dated August 10th, Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman said the speaker’s bill ...
CPR Recommends Infrastructure Dept. To Assume Major Energy Responsibilities
 Aug. 9, 2004

The CPR recommends that the California Energy Commission, California Power Authority and Electricity Oversight Board would be eliminated and a newly created Infrastructure Department would consolidate the functions of the three agencies. Selected ...
Opportunity to Participate in Voluntary Energy Conservation Program
 July 23, 2004

California set a record on Wednesday, July 21: electricity usage reached an all-time high of 44,360 megawatts. It was the third straight record-setting day and an indication of what can happen when temperatures rise and the economy starts to pull ...
How Energy Policies Affect California’s Economy & Jobs: CMTA Energy Conference July 28-30, Tahoe)
 July 16, 2004

Three weeks ago, the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee narrowly approved AB 2006 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles) which deals with an array of issues, including utility procurement and cost recovery, retail direct access (DA) and ...
Nunez Energy Bill to be Amended Prior to August Hearing
 July 9, 2004

AB 2006 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles), recently amended to reflect changes agreed to in the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, will be amended again prior to being heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee sometime next ...
Voluntary Energy Conservation Important this Summer
 July 9, 2004

Most experts predict that the state will be able to manage electricity demands and resources this summer. However, the margins for supply are tight enough that under certain conditions, such as extended hot weather with a plant or transmission ...
Nunez Energy Bill Moves Along
 July 2, 2004

AB 2006 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles) squeaked out of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee on June 29 and will likely be significantly amended before it is taken up by the Senate Appropriations Committee sometime in August. The ...
CMTA Pushes Cost Allocation Proposal
 June 18, 2004

AB 2006 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles) addresses an array of electricity issues, including utility procurement and cost recovery. The bill also lifts the suspension of direct access and establishes a "core-noncore" retail electricity ...
Gov Signs PG&E Bankruptcy Financing Bill
 June 11, 2004

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation authorizing Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to refinance its bankruptcy plan PG&E’s bankruptcy plan, approved last December by the California Public Utilities Commission, requires customers ...
Cal-ISO Chief Steps Down
 June 6, 2004

Terry Winter, who oversaw the state's electrical grid during the 2000-2001 energy crisis, resigned on June 1 as chief executive officer of the California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO). One of his principal deputies, Cal-ISO Vice President ...
Nunez Electricity Bill Heads to Senate
 May 28, 2004

AB 2006, the "core-noncore" utility procurement and cost recovery legislation, authored by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles), passed the Assembly by a 50-28 margin and is now headed to the Senate. The bill lifts the ...
CPUC Elections Bill Held in Committee
 May 23, 2004

A proposal to amend the constitution and create an elected California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ended with a whimper, not a bang. On May 20, the Senate Appropriations Committee quietly shelved Senate Constitutional Amendment 6 (Battin, ...
PG&E Bankruptcy Financing Bill Clears Major Hurdle
 May 14, 2004

Legislation allowing Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to refinance its bankruptcy plan passed the Assembly on May 10th and is headed to the Senate for final legislative approval. PG&E’s bankruptcy plan, approved last December by the California ...
Governor’s Energy Policy Subject of Hearing Monday
 May 7, 2004

On Monday, May 10th, the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee will conduct an informational hearing on Governor Schwarzenegger’s energy plan and the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) implementation of current law on ...
Governor to CPUC: Get Moving on New Power Plants
 April 30, 2004

In his first major policy statement on energy since taking office, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urged the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to get off the dime and implement current law on utility procurement of new power supplies. In ...
Governor Appoints Energy Czar
 April 23, 2004

After months of speculation about who would be appointed "energy czar" in the Schwarzenegger administration, the Governor's press office announced on April 20th that Joe Desmond, president and CEO of Infotility, Inc., will fill the ...
“Core-Noncore” Bill to be Heard April 19th
 April 16, 2004

The first legislative hearing on AB 2006 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles), the so-called "Edison bill," will take place on Monday, April 19th, when the bill is heard in the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee. The bill establishes a ...
SCE Economic Development Rate
 April 9, 2004

On Tuesday, April 6, Southern California Edison (SCE) proposed to the Public Utilities Commission an Economic Development Rate to help offer electricity discounts to businesses that are struggling or might leave the state. Unfortunately, the plan ...
Heatwave Prompts Stage 1 Power Alert
 April 2, 2004

On March 29th, record high temperatures in Southern California prompted a Stage 1 power emergency. Customer service was not interrupted, but it served as a reminder of how, even with reserve requirements in place, the state can come close to ...
Generators Urge Regulators to Issue an RFP
 March 26, 2004

One of the more pressing issues facing state policymakers is the need for investment in new electricity generation resources. Since the energy crisis in 2001, nearly all of the new power plants slated for construction have been postponed or ...
CPUC Elections Bill Shelved
 March 26, 2004

Senator Jim Battin (R-La Quinta) has decided not to pursue a proposed constitutional amendment to create an elected California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). SCA 6 which would have created a seven member CPUC with commissioners elected by ...
PG&E Customers See Lower Rates on March Bills
 March 12, 2004

Customers of Pacific Gas & Electric are seeing lower electric rates on their March bills. The average bundled electric rate has gone from 13.9 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to 12.7 cents per kWH, an 8 percent decrease. Business customers will see ...
Bill to Create CPUC Office of Economic Development
 March 5, 2004

Last summer, then-Governor Gray Davis’s proposal to create an Office of Economic Development at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) fell by the wayside after legislative leaders balked at providing the CPUC with authority to reassign ...
FERC OK's Edison's Long Term Power Contract
 Feb. 27, 2004

When California restructured its electric industry in 1996, the future looked bright for independent power generators. Utilities were ordered to divest at least half of their power plants and make room for the new kid on the block: non-utility ...
PG&E Economic Development Legislation
 Feb. 20, 2004

Pacific Gas & Electric will probably pursue legislation this year to fund economic development activities in its service territory. The utility is seeking a legislative author to carry its proposal for programs to encourage economic development. ...
CPUC President Says Reducing PG&E Rates Is a Priority
 Feb. 13, 2004

In testimony before a Senate committee on February 10, California Public Utilities Commission President Michael R. Peevey said one of the CPUC’s “most important tasks in 2004 will be to reduce rates for PG&E ratepayers.” “We are committed to ...
New Bills will Tackle Electricity Retail Market Design
 Feb. 6, 2004

Two key legislators will author legislation this year relating to direct access (DA) and electricity retail market design. Within the next couple weeks, Assembly Speaker-designate Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) will introduce legislation, sponsored ...
Mountainview Case Before FERC
 Jan. 30, 2004

When landmark legislation restructuring California’s electricity industry was signed into law in 1996 (Assembly Bill 1890), the conventional wisdom was that a competitive generation market was the wave of the future. Nearly eight years later, ...
Distributed Generation/CHP Programs
 Jan. 30, 2004

Distributed generation (DG) helps customers manage and stabilize their energy costs and provides businesses with a “hedge” against utility and market prices, enabling them to avoid some of the volatility that has occurred in wholesale markets, as ...
PG&E BK Financing Bill Set for Hearing
 Jan. 23, 2004

Last month, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a plan to enable Pacific Gas & Electric to emerge from bankruptcy. Legislation implementing the finance mechanism of the plan, SB 72 (Debra Bowen, D-Marina del Rey), will be ...
PG&E Rate Decrease Likely in March
 Jan. 20, 2004

Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) bundled customers will receive a significant electric rate reduction beginning in March if the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approves a rate design settlement agreement reached by major customer ...
Governor Says Energy Crisis Not Over
 Jan. 9, 2004

In January 2001, then-Governor Gray Davis devoted a significant portion of his State of the State address to California's energy situation. Three years later, on Jan 6, 2004, Davis’s successor urged lawmakers not to forget about California's energy ...
PG&E Nearly Out of Bankruptcy
 Dec. 19, 2003

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted this week to approve a plan to take PG&E out of bankruptcy. The plan does not directly address rates paid by customers, but proponents of the plan believe significant rate reductions may be ...
Distributed Generation Conference Jan. 26-28
 Dec. 19, 2003

Distributed generation (DG) enhances the reliability of the state's electric grid and helps customers manage and stabilize their energy costs. DG also provides businesses with a “hedge” against utility and market prices, enabling them to avoid some ...
PG&E Bankruptcy Settlement Update
 Dec. 12, 2003

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association supports Pacific Gas & Electric's emergence from bankruptcy in a manner that balances the interests of PG&E shareholders and customers. In particular, CMTA supports a plan that establishes a ...
Skopec Named Energy and Environmental Adviser
 Dec. 8, 2003

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has picked a Capitol Hill staffer, Dan Skopec, to be the energy and environmental point person on his staff, appointing him deputy cabinet secretary for energy, resources and environmental issues. Skopec currently ...
Aging Power Plants Threaten Reliability
 Nov. 21, 2003

A month ago, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) warned that the state could face electricity supply shortages in 2005 and 2006 and possibly even next summer, under a combination of adverse conditions, including more ...
Legislature to Take Up Electricity Retail Market Design in ‘04
 Nov. 14, 2003

Several key legislators intend to carry legislation next year relating to direct access (DA) and electricity retail market design. Two of the proposals would lift the suspension of DA and establish a core-noncore retail market structure while the ...
CMTA's Energy Priorities
 Nov. 7, 2003

2004 promises to be busy on the energy front – both in the Legislature and at the state's two major energy agencies: the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission. The Legislature is likely to take up retail market ...
Electricity Supply Outlook Dims in ‘04
 Oct. 24, 2003

As the legendary New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra once said, “It's de ja vu all over again.” While electricity may have moved off the front page since 2001, the supply-demand imbalance that caused the energy crisis is looming again. And ...
Key Energy Appointments
 Oct. 17, 2003

The recall of Gray Davis and the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger will have a significant impact on the governing boards of the state's energy agencies, although not immediately. The new governor will get to make a few energy-related appointments ...
Schwarzenegger Understands Impact of Energy on Business
 Oct. 10, 2003

Governor-elect Schwarzenegger's positions on energy issues are very much in sync with the views of CMTA and its members. Because they are still preliminary, the positions are lacking in details – and there are some areas where CMTA would suggest a ...
Electricity Rate Preference for Residential & Small Business Signed Into Law
 Sept. 26, 2003

In Washington, social security is often referred to as “the third rail.” In other words, it is sacrosanct, don't touch it. At the State Capitol in Sacramento, the same could be said about residential electric rates. Even the possibility of ...
Energy Legislation in the Final Week
 Sept. 18, 2003

When it comes to energy issues, the final week of the 2003 legislative session was relatively quiet, at least in comparison to years past. PG&E Bankruptcy After the failure of SB 772 in the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee early in the ...
PG&E Bankruptcy Financing Bill Defeated
 Sept. 12, 2003

Last-minute legislation giving the California Public Utilities Commission the option to finance Pacific Gas & Electric's emergence from bankruptcy through the issuance of bonds backed by a dedicated-rate component (DRC) failed passage in the ...
Industrial Customers Shortchanged in CPUC Rate Decision
 Sept. 8, 2003

As the old saying goes, there is both good news and bad news, in this case relating to the Department of Water Resources’ lower revenue requirement for 2003. The good news: the California Public Utilities Commission approved a one-time credit or ...
Edison Pushes Cost Recovery Issue
 Aug. 28, 2003

From the moment the Legislature convened the 2003 legislative session back in January, Southern California Edison has been looking to get legislative approval of language authorizing cost recovery for new, utility-built generation. For much of the ...
Supreme Court Upholds High Rates
 Aug. 22, 2003

The California Supreme Court has ruled that the California Public Utilities Commission did not violate state law when it raised electric rates pursuant to a settlement agreement with Southern California Edison. The court rejected arguments by CMTA ...
Much at Stake With CPUC Elections Bill
 Aug. 15, 2003

A proposed constitutional amendment to create an elected California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) would fundamentally change the way the CPUC conducts business, and not to the benefit of industrial users. Senate Constitutional Amendment 6 (Jim ...
CPUC Elections Bill Hits a Snag
 July 18, 2003

A proposed constitutional amendment to create an elected California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), consisting of seven commissioners elected by district, was temporarily put on hold by the Senate Appropriations Committee. SCA 6 (Jim Battin, ...
Direct Access Exit Fee Stays Put at 2.7 cents per kWh
 July 14, 2003

By a 3-2 vote, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a proposed decision (PD) retaining the 2.7 cents per kilowatthour (kWh) cap on the direct access (DA) cost responsibility surcharge (CRS), or exit fee. Commissioners Loretta ...
Electricity "Re-Reg" Bill Defeated
 July 14, 2003

Senator Joseph Dunn's (D-Santa Ana) electricity "re-regulation" bill, SB 888, was defeated in the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee on Thursday, July 10. The bill, originally billed as the end of deregulation but scaled-back significantly ...
'Core-Noncore' Bills Derailed
 July 14, 2003

Two bills establishing a core-noncore retail electricity market got off track recently. AB 428 (Keith Richman, R-Northridge) failed passage in the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee on July 8. The bill would have lifted the ...
SB 888 Allows Limited DA
 July 7, 2003

When it comes to direct access, Senator Joseph Dunn's (D-Santa Ana) electricity "re-regulation" bill keeps getting scaled-back. SB 888 no longer repeals DA, or existing DA contracts. Recent amendments 'grandfather-in' existing DA load, although ...
Direct Access Exit Fee Decision July 10
 June 26, 2003

The long-awaited decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on the level of the direct access (DA) cost responsibility surcharge (CRS), or exit fee, is scheduled for Thursday, July 10. The CPUC will vote on a proposed decision by ...
Electric "Re-Regulation" Bill Will Get Closer Look in Assembly
 June 20, 2003

After limping out of the Senate with the bare minimum of votes and an eleventh-hour amendment declaring it "for display purposes only", Senator Joseph Dunn’s (D-Santa Ana) SB 888 will face closer scrutiny as it moves through the second house. The ...
CPUC Elections Bill Moves Along
 June 13, 2003

A proposed constitutional amendment making the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) an elected body passed the Senate Constitutional Amendments Committee on Wednesday, June 11. SCA 6 (Jim Battin, R-La Quinta) provides for seven elected ...
A Rational Energy Policy: How Do We Get There From Here? (CMTA Energy Conference July 23-25, Tahoe)
 June 6, 2003

This week the state Senate passed SB 888 (Joseph Dunn, D-Santa Ana) to undo AB 1890, the 1996 bill commonly blamed for leading us into the energy crisis. But the topic is so politically charged and the issues are so complicated, the bill only passed ...
Interruptible Bill Heads to Senate
 June 6, 2003

Legislation to continue utility interruptible programs through 2008 passed out of the Assembly on Wednesday, June 4. AB 425 (Keith Richman, R-Northridge), which requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to continue the availability ...
SB 888 Narrowly Approved in Senate
 June 6, 2003

Senator Joseph Dunn's (D-Santa Ana) electricity re-regulation bill got out of the Senate with no votes to spare. SB 888 received 21 votes – the bare minimum – and less than a ringing endorsement from several Senators who spoke before the floor ...
CPUC Issues Draft Exit Fee Decision
 June 3, 2003

There is good news and bad news coming out of the California Public Utilities Commission. The good news is a recent proposed decision by Administrative Law Judge Pulsifer that retains the 2.7 cent per kilowatt hour cap on the direct access cost ...
SB 888 Amended - DA Repeal Out, Core-Noncore In
 May 23, 2003

The newly-amended version of SB 888, Senator Joseph Dunn's (D-Santa Ana) electricity "re-regulation" bill, no longer repeals direct access (DA). Instead, it establishes a "core-noncore" system, subject to future legislative approval. The bill ...
Electricity Rate Reductions on the Horizon
 May 16, 2003

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has lowered its revenue requirement by approximately $1 billion, paving the way for a modest electricity rate reduction later this year, possibly as soon as July 1. California Public Utilities ...
Power Authority Financing for Energy Improvements
 May 9, 2003

The California Power Authority announced the availability of $30 million in tax-exempt industrial development bonds for energy efficiency and clean energy loans to qualifying manufacturers. The minimum loan size is $2 million, and the maximum is $10 ...
Senate Committee Votes Against Competitive Energy Markets: SB 888 Passes 5-3
 May 7, 2003

On May 6, 2003, the Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee heard SB 888 (D-Dunn), which would “re-regulate” California’s energy market and repeal direct access. Direct access allows customers to manage their own energy requirements ...
Coalition Forming to Oppose Electricity 'Re-Reg' Bill
 May 2, 2003

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a coalition to defeat a bill like Senate Bill 888 (Joseph Dunn, D-Santa Ana). The electricity "re-regulation" bill is backed by Senate Democratic leaders and several key Democrats in the ...
Bill to Set QF Prices
 April 25, 2003

A bill allowing the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to establish and adjust prices paid toqualifying facilities (non-utility generators) is moving through the Senate. SB 173, by Senator Joseph Dunn (R-Garden Grove) allows the CPUC to ...
CPUC Office of Econ Development Chief Named
 April 20, 2003

Timothy Sullivan, a veteran staffer at the California Public Utilities Commission, has been appointed as interim director of the CPUC's new Office of Economic Development. Sullivan is an interim adviser to Commissioner Susan Kennedy. He previously ...
Electric Restructuring Moves to the Front Burner
 April 14, 2003

Efforts to wind out of the energy crisis and move toward a sensible regulatory structure for electricity are being played out in two bills, SB 888 (Joseph Dunn, D-Santa Ana) to re-regulate the industry by eliminating direct access and putting the ...
Interruptible Bill Clears First Hurdle
 April 4, 2003

Legislation to continue utility interruptible programs at the current incentive levels for five additional years recently cleared its first legislative hurdle. AB 425 (Keith Richman, R-Northridge), which requires the California Public Utilities ...
CPUC Draft Decision Favors 'Ultra-Clean' Over Gas-Fired Generators
 March 21, 2003

In the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proceeding to determine the cost responsibility of departing load, "ultra-clean" technologies are on the verge of a major victory, thanks in part to not-so-subtle lobbying by Senate leaders. A ...
CPUC President Confirmed by Senate
 March 14, 2003

The mother of all confirmation battles never materialized. From the moment he was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), speculation centered around the grueling confirmation battle in store for Michael R. Peevey. A few ...
U&C Chair Pushes CPUC Reform
 March 7, 2003

Assemblywoman Sarah Reyes (D-Fresno), in remarks to the CMTA Energy Committee on Thursday, March 6, outlined her plan for reform of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Reyes, who took over as Assembly Utilities and Commerce (U&C) ...
Departing Load Vote Postponed Peevey and Kennedy Propose Alternate
 Feb. 28, 2003

The California Public Utilities Commission put off a decision on the departing load (DL) issue, setting the stage for a vote on March 13, when the agency is scheduled to consider three competing proposals to establish a "Cost Responsibility Charge" ...
Bill Extends Interruptible Programs
 Feb. 21, 2003

Assemblyman Keith Richman, M.D., (R-Northridge) has introduced legislation to continue utility interruptible programs at the current incentive levels. AB 425 requires the California Public Utilities Commission to continue the availability to ...
Draft Decision on Departing Load Charges
 Feb. 14, 2003

First, bundled utility customers got a big rate increase. Next, direct access customers got hit with an exit fee. Now, it's the on-site generators' turn to pay. The California Public Utilities Commission recently issued a proposed decision ...
Debate Over Financing of Exit Fee Cap
 Feb. 8, 2003

The issue of which customers will "finance" the direct access exit fee cap is heating up at the California Public Utilities Commission and the State Capitol. The CPUC will take up this issue this spring, and a Senate committee will hold hearings ...
Bill Seeks to Eliminate ISO
 Feb. 2, 2003

Senator Joseph Dunn (D-Garden Grove) has introduced legislation aimed at removing control of the state's electric grid from the Independent System Operator. This may only be the tip of the iceberg, however. According to Dunn, the measure, Senate ...
Rate Relief on Horizon for Edison Customers
 Jan. 24, 2003

Bundled service customers of Southern California Edison will receive a sizable rate decrease this fall, if the California Public Utilities Commission approves a recent Edison filing. By June or July of this year, Edison will have fully collected ...
DG Standby Fee Exemption
 Jan. 17, 2003

Senator Deirde Alpert (D-San Diego) has introduced Senate Bill 46, which extends the installation deadline for the standby fee exemption for small-scale distributed generation (DG) units to 2005. Current law exempts DG units five megawatts and ...
Shake-Up at Public Utilities Commission
 Jan. 11, 2003

Governor Gray Davis has named Commissioner Michael R. Peevey to replace Loretta Lynch as president of the California Public Utilities Commission. The change was announced on Dec. 31, and took effect immediately. Lynch will remain on the ...
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