A Rational Energy Policy: How Do We Get There From Here? (CMTA Energy Conference July 23-25, Tahoe)

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, June 6, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

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 when it was made “inoperative” and “for display purposes only.” On the other hand, AB 428 (Keith Richman, R-Northridge) to create a core/noncore electricity market sailed out of the Assembly with bipartisan support. The bills face policy committee scrutiny in the second houses this summer, perhaps leading to a conference committee, maybe in August.

Sound familiar?

What policymakers should do will be the focus of the CMTA Energy Conference in July. Invited speakers will share their insights, technical knowledge and real-world experience to highlight the competing policy options on the table and how the tradeoffs will affect California ratepayers, particularly manufacturers. Key legislators and agency heads will cap the conference in a roundtable discussion hosted by Arthur O’Donnell, author of “Soul of the Grid” and past editor of California Energy Markets.

Be where the action is on energy – Go to www.cmta.net to register and/or become a sponsor or exhibitor. Registration Questions? Ask Dinah Zehnder at dzehnder@cmta.net. Sponsor or Exhibit Questions? Ask Loretta Macktal at lmacktal@cmta.net.
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