Community Energy Resilience Policy Summit
Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
In collaboration with the California Energy Commission
The basic architecture of California’s electricity system hasn’t changed over the past hundred years, notwithstanding substantial technological advancements. Power no longer flows one way, from distant large power plants to cities and homes. It is now possible for power to flow back and forth locally within a distribution system. With the implementation of the state’s renewable energy goals, the growth of smart appliances and electric vehicles, and dramatically declining prices for clean energy, a cleaner, decentralized grid is now possible – which would entail substantial changes in how our electricity system is managed. This will require utility regulatory reform and new funding to empower local governments to be in charge of siting decisions about new energy infrastructure.
The elements of the needed policy reforms to achieve to this transformation are starting to become clear. This year in the California legislature, numerous bills have been introduced which can help achieve these policy priorities, including SB 1314 (introduced by Senator Bill Dodd) which requires the Strategic Growth Council to develop a grant program for local governments interested in developing clean energy-based community energy resilience plans, and also SB 1240 (introduced by Senator Nancy Skinner), which requires the California Energy Commission to identify and evaluate options for transforming the electricity distribution system to becoming an open local electricity market. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis has slowed California’s clean energy policy progress, although there is still an opportunity to enact needed reform through both legislative and regulatory action. The Policy Summit will highlight the latest legislative and regulatory developments related to transitioning to a new California energy infrastructure that is clean, affordable, resilient, equitable, and safe.
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