RCEA Public Rebate for Electric Vehicles

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority launched a rebate today, funded by RCEA’s Community Choice Energy program, to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles in Humboldt County. The rebate program is the first of its kind in the county and aims to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The rebate program will run until funds run out.

California is making great strides towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from passenger cars, most recently with Governor Newsom’s executive order requiring all new cars and passenger trucks sold in the state to be zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

One of the statewide programs that has been working for years to lower the cost of switching to an electric vehicle is the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), at CleanVehicleRebate.org. RCEA’s EV rebate will serve as an add-on to the CVRP, meaning that those who have been approved for a rebate by the CVRP can receive an additional rebate totaling 50% of whatever incentive amount they received from the CVRP. We will accept CVRP applications dated 9/1/20 or later, and vehicles need to be registered in Humboldt County to qualify.

Not only are EVs better for the environment, but EV drivers can save on fuel and maintenance costs without sacrificing size, quality, or comfort. RCEA’s rebate, along with The Federal Tax Credit, will further lower the cost of purchasing a new EV.

Terms and conditions, the application, and complete details can be found on RCEA’s website, redwoodenergy.org. For additional information you can call (707) 269-1700 or email EV@redwoodenergy.org.

Regulatory Update for November 12, 2020

Remote meeting notice from CPUC: Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20, Commissioners may participate in CPUC meetings remotely. See the COVID19 information page on the CPUC’s website for more COVID19-related info. The public may observe, provide public comments during the public comment period, and otherwise participate remotely pursuant to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. To listen or make comments not to exceed three minutes by phone, dial 1-800-857-1917, passcode: 9899501. Alternatively, you mail email brief written comments (which do not exceed three minutes when read aloud) to 11192020VotingMeetingComments@cpuc.ca.gov and the Public Advisor may read your comments out loud to the meeting if time permits. 

Brief Notes:

  • We are no longer providing updates on proceedings to which The Climate Center is not a Party. Links to proceedings that are important to advancing local clean energy are included. To find updates, click on the proceeding number which will bring you to that proceeding docket.
  • Starting on December 17, regulatory updates will be issued in The Climate Center e-news.
  • The next CPUC voting meeting takes place on November 19 @ 10am. See AGENDA. For the livestream, click HERE.
  • For details on other proceedings click the links in the Important Proceedings list below or visit CPUC’s Documents Page. Please contact us at info[at]cleanpowerexhange.org to report any errors or broken links.
Proceedings to which The Climate Center is a Party:
  1. Rulemaking 19-09-009 pursuant to SB 1339 (Stern, 2018) Microgrid Commercialization
  2. Investigation 15-08-019 PG&E Safety Culture
Important Proceedings (not updated here):
  1. Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) 12-11-005
  2. Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)  17-06-026
  3. Resource Adequacy (RA) 17-09-020
  4. Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) 16-02-007
  5. Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) 18-07-003
  6. Integrated Distributed Energy Resources 4-10-003
  7. NEM Successor Tariff 14-07-002

Summaries:

  1. Microgrid Rulemaking 19-09-009 pursuant to SB 1339 (Stern, 2018)

The Climate Center is a Party to this proceeding.

Recent Developments:

  • November 4 – Resiliency & Microgrids Working Group Session #2. Info & materials HERE.
  • October 23 – Joint Parties’ Reply Comment to responses on motion for a comprehensive microgrid tariff development process
  • October 13 – Resiliency & Microgrids Working Group Session #1. Info & materials HERE.
  • October 2, 2020 – The Climate Center and Vote Solar Joint Reply Comments on alternatives to diesel back-up generators
  • Sept 25 – The Climate Center and Vote Solar Joint Filing on alternatives to diesel back-up generators (BUGs)
  • Sept. 4 – Assigned Commissioner and ALJ’s Ruling Seeking Comment on Policy Questions and an Interim Approach for Minimizing Emissions from Generation During Transmission Outages.
  • August 28 Climate Center/Vote Solar Joint Reply Comments, Track 2
  • August 14 – The Climate Center and Vote Solar Joint Comments on Track 2 Ruling

The Commission did not reject use of diesel fuel as a near-term back up generation choice. However, with this Decision in place it should become easier for local governments to access the data they need to engage in Community Energy Resilience planning, part of The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign.

Key Documents:

  • July 3 Scoping Ruling – Assigned Commissioner’s Amended Scoping Memo and Ruling for Track 2.
  • June 11 Decision adopting Short-Term (Track 1) Actions to Accelerate Microgrid Deployment and Related Resiliency Solutions.
  • The Climate Center and Vote Solar Opening Comments filed on May 19 and Reply Comments, filed on May 26.
  • April 29 – Proposed Decision Adopting Short-Term Actions to Accelerate Microgrid Deployment and Related Resiliency Solutions. A special note here: This Proposed CPUC Decision reflects a formal embrace by the CPUC of several key ACE principles that The Climate Center and partner organizations have been advocating for regarding the pivotal role of local governments.
  • March 19 – The Climate Center participated in an Ex Parte communication with CPUC staff
  • January 30 – Climate Center Opening Comments in the Track 1 Proceeding
  • December 20, 2019: Scoping Ruling.
  • October 21, 2019: The Climate Center Opening Comments.
  • September 19, 2019: Order Instituting Rulemaking.

Next Steps: ALJ’s Proposed Decision on Track 2

 

2. PG&E Safety Culture Investigation 15-08-019

The Climate Center is a Party to this proceeding.

Recent Developments:

  • October 28 – PG&E Safety Culture and Governance Quarterly Report No. 08-2020 in compliance with CPUC Decision 18-11-050
  • October 13, 2020 – The Senate Energy, Utilities Committee held a hearing marking the 10 year anniversary of the San Bruno gas line explosion on gas, electric, and transportation safety. For the recording of the hearing, click HERE. Representatives of PG&E, So Cal Gas and others were in attendance to address safety issues. Though not part of the formal proceeding, relevant nonetheless.

Key Documents:

  • January 23, 2020 – Motion of the Ad Hoc Committee of Senior Unsecured Note-holders of PG&E to Withdraw
  • December 13, 2019 – Letter from several LSEs, including a CCA, to CPUC Commissioners expressing interest in taking ownership of PG&E grid assets
  • July 19, 2019 Climate Center Opening Comments
  • June 18, 2019 CPUC Order seeking proposals to improve PG&E safety culture

Next Steps:

  • Sept. 4, 2020 – Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling Updating Case Status. Investigation 15-08-019 will remain open. NorthStar Consulting Group, Inc. will continue its work in a monitoring role. Issues to be address in the proceeding may be raised by parties or the Commission. May 8, 2020 was the deadline for the conclusion of this investigation, however, the ALJ has announced that the investigation will remain open.

Closed proceedings that matter:

  • CCA Rulemaking 03-10-003– This was the rulemaking that defined all the rules pursuant to AB 117, the original California CCA law
  • CCA Bond and Re-Entry Fees 18-05-022– This is the proceeding that re-set the bond required to be posted by CCAs in the event that the CCA fails and customers are returned to the incumbent utility

Regulatory Update for October 29, 2020

Remote meeting notice from CPUC: Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20, Commissioners may participate in CPUC meetings remotely. See the COVID19 information page on the CPUC’s website for more COVID19-related info. The public may observe, provide public comments during the public comment period, and otherwise participate remotely pursuant to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. To listen or make comments not to exceed three minutes by phone, dial 1-800-857-1917, passcode: 9899501. Alternatively, you mail email brief written comments (which do not exceed three minutes when read aloud) to 11052020VotingMeetingComments@cpuc.ca.gov and the Public Advisor may read your comments out loud to the meeting if time permits. 

Brief Notes:

  • We are no longer providing updates on proceedings to which The Climate Center is not a Party. Links to proceedings that are important to advancing local clean energy are included. To find updates, click on the proceeding number which will bring you to that proceeding docket.
  • Starting on December 17, regulatory updates will be issued in The Climate Center e-news.
  • The next CPUC voting meeting takes place on November 5 @ 10am. See AGENDA. For the livestream, click HERE.
  • For details on other proceedings click the links in the Important Proceedings list below or visit CPUC’s Documents Page. Please contact us at info[at]cleanpowerexhange.org to report any errors or broken links.
Proceedings to which The Climate Center is a Party:
  1. Rulemaking 19-09-009 pursuant to SB 1339 (Stern, 2018) Microgrid Commercialization
  2. Investigation 15-08-019 PG&E Safety Culture
Important Proceedings (not updated here):
  1. Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) 12-11-005
  2. Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)  17-06-026
  3. Resource Adequacy (RA) 17-09-020
  4. Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) 16-02-007
  5. Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) 18-07-003
  6. Integrated Distributed Energy Resources 4-10-003
  7. NEM Successor Tariff 14-07-002

Summaries:

  1. Microgrid Rulemaking 19-09-009 pursuant to SB 1339 (Stern, 2018)

The Climate Center is a Party to this proceeding.

Recent Developments:

  • October 23 – Joint Parties’ Reply Comment to responses on motion for a comprehensive microgrid tariff development process
  • October 2, 2020 – The Climate Center and Vote Solar Joint Reply Comments on alternatives to diesel back-up generators
  • Sept 25 – The Climate Center and Vote Solar Joint Filing on alternatives to diesel back-up generators (BUGs)
  • Sept. 4 – Assigned Commissioner and ALJ’s Ruling Seeking Comment on Policy Questions and an Interim Approach for Minimizing Emissions from Generation During Transmission Outages.
  • August 28 Climate Center/Vote Solar Joint Reply Comments, Track 2
  • August 14 – The Climate Center and Vote Solar Joint Comments on Track 2 Ruling

The Commission did not reject use of diesel fuel as a near-term back up generation choice. However, with this Decision in place it should become easier for local governments to access the data they need to engage in Community Energy Resilience planning, part of The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign.

Key Documents:

  • July 3 Scoping Ruling – Assigned Commissioner’s Amended Scoping Memo and Ruling for Track 2.
  • June 11 Decision adopting Short-Term (Track 1) Actions to Accelerate Microgrid Deployment and Related Resiliency Solutions.
  • The Climate Center and Vote Solar Opening Comments filed on May 19 and Reply Comments, filed on May 26.
  • April 29 – Proposed Decision Adopting Short-Term Actions to Accelerate Microgrid Deployment and Related Resiliency Solutions. A special note here: This Proposed CPUC Decision reflects a formal embrace by the CPUC of several key ACE principles that The Climate Center and partner organizations have been advocating for regarding the pivotal role of local governments.
  • March 19 – The Climate Center participated in an Ex Parte communication with CPUC staff
  • January 30 – Climate Center Opening Comments in the Track 1 Proceeding
  • December 20, 2019: Scoping Ruling.
  • October 21, 2019: The Climate Center Opening Comments.
  • September 19, 2019: Order Instituting Rulemaking.

Next Steps: ALJ’s Proposed Decision on Track 2

 

2. PG&E Safety Culture Investigation 15-08-019

The Climate Center is a Party to this proceeding.

Recent Developments:

  • October 28 – PG&E Safety Culture and Governance Quarterly Report No. 08-2020 in compliance with CPUC Decision 18-11-050
  • October 13, 2020 – The Senate Energy, Utilities Committee held a hearing marking the 10 year anniversary of the San Bruno gas line explosion on gas, electric, and transportation safety. For the recording of the hearing, click HERE. Representatives of PG&E, So Cal Gas and others were in attendance to address safety issues. Though not part of the formal proceeding, relevant nonetheless.

Key Documents:

  • January 23, 2020 – Motion of the Ad Hoc Committee of Senior Unsecured Note-holders of PG&E to Withdraw
  • December 13, 2019 – Letter from several LSEs, including a CCA, to CPUC Commissioners expressing interest in taking ownership of PG&E grid assets
  • July 19, 2019 Climate Center Opening Comments
  • June 18, 2019 CPUC Order seeking proposals to improve PG&E safety culture

Next Steps:

  • Sept. 4, 2020 – Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling Updating Case Status. Investigation 15-08-019 will remain open. NorthStar Consulting Group, Inc. will continue its work in a monitoring role. Issues to be address in the proceeding may be raised by parties or the Commission. May 8, 2020 was the deadline for the conclusion of this investigation, however, the ALJ has announced that the investigation will remain open.

Closed proceedings that matter:

  • CCA Rulemaking 03-10-003– This was the rulemaking that defined all the rules pursuant to AB 117, the original California CCA law
  • CCA Bond and Re-Entry Fees 18-05-022– This is the proceeding that re-set the bond required to be posted by CCAs in the event that the CCA fails and customers are returned to the incumbent utility

EBCE and Renewable Energy Partners Announce 3rd Round of COVID Relief Grants to Power the Clean Energy Workforce in California

$2 million given by EBCE to local charities since March

Oakland, CA – East Bay Community Energy’s (EBCE) third and latest round of COVID-19 community grants were announced today to jumpstart new careers in California’s energy sector and support critical training in the workforce.

Twenty local charitable organizations (listed below) were allocated $10,000 each, and an additional $100,000 in grants were given to three workforce development organizations across Alameda County. The funds were allocated by EBCE’s renewable energy development partners. EDP Renewables North America – developers of a 100MW solar + 30MW storage project in Fresno County – provided $275,000 and Clearway Energy Group – developers of a 192MW solar project in Kern County – provided $25,000, following the $225,000 they provided for the previous round of grants.

“EDP Renewables is proud to work with EBCE to support the long-term viability of local communities,” said Miguel Prado, CEO at EDP Renewables North America. “We remain committed to responding to community needs during this unprecedented time. Throughout the pandemic, we continue to see local leadership forming around renewable energy projects that are powering the workforce of our future. EDPR stands ready to provide reliable clean energy for decades to come, while providing critical support for the workforce that we need today.”

“One of the most rewarding aspects of working in the renewable energy industry is the deep-rooted commitment to the communities where we live and operate,” said Patrick Sullivan, vice president of development at Clearway Energy Group. “We’re proud that through this partnership with EBCE, Clearway can support so many incredible organizations providing critical community services in these difficult times.”

GRID Alternatives, Cypress Mandela, and the Tri-Valley Career Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (TVCC) will each be awarded ~$33,000 in grant funds to complement their workforce development efforts. With training locations in Oakland and Union City, respectively, GRID Alternatives and Cypress Mandela will each use the funds to work with EBCE and Sunrun to help fill the local workforce needed to deploy solar and battery backup power systems through EBCE’s Resilient Home program. TVCC will use the funds to help build its capacity to reach new COVID-impacted job seekers through the development of a new marketing plan, a Job Search Boot Camp, and a Boot Camp Refresher.

In addition to the funding of these near-term actions, EBCE also looks forward to establishing long-term partnerships with these organizations to further develop the local workforce that will be needed to implement ongoing transportation and building electrification programs, as well as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and resiliency programs.

Recipients of $10,000 grants this round:

  • Arsola’s Distribution Center and Community Services
  • Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS)
  • CityServe of the Tri-Valley
  • Downtown Streets Team
  • Eden United Church of Christ
  • Family Resource Navigators
  • Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
  • Global Communication Education & Art (GCEA)
  • Kitchen to Ward (Affiliated to E Biz Solutions Inc.)
  • La Clinica de La Raza, Inc
  • Owning My Own Truth Inc.
  • San Leandro Boys & Girls Club
  • Senior Support Program
  • Sister to Sister 2, Inc. dba Serenity House
  • Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center
  • Tri-City Volunteers Food Bank and Thrift Store
  • Tri-Valley Haven for Women
  • Trybe Inc.
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Foundation
  • Viola Blythe Community Service Center

“We thank our partners EDPR and Clearway Energy Group for their work in developing clean renewable energy in California and for their commitment to supporting Alameda County with these generous funds,” said EBCE CEO Nick Chaset.

More information about EBCE’s COVID-19 relief efforts is available at https://ebce.org/covid-19-response/

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About East Bay Community Energy (EBCE)

EBCE is a not-for-profit public agency that operates a Community Choice Energy program for Alameda County and eleven incorporated cities, serving more than 550,000 residential and commercial customers throughout the county. EBCE initiated service in June 2018 and will expand to the cities of Pleasanton, Newark, and Tracy in 2021. As one of 19 community choice aggregation (CCA) programs operating in California, EBCE is part of the movement to expedite the climate action goals of their communities and those of California. EBCE is committed to providing clean power at competitive rates while reinvesting in our local communities. For more information about East Bay Community Energy, visit ebce.org.

About Clearway Energy Group

Clearway Energy Group is accelerating the world’s transformation to a clean energy future. With more than 4.7 gigawatts of wind, solar, and energy storage assets in 25 states and a development pipeline across the country, we are offsetting the equivalent of nearly 8 million metric tons of carbon emissions for our customers. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA with offices in Carlsbad, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; and Houston, TX. For more information, visit clearwayenergygroup.com.

About EDP Renewables North America

EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) and its subsidiaries develop, construct, own, and operate wind farms and solar parks throughout North America. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with 53 wind farms, eight solar parks, and seven regional offices across North America, EDPR NA has developed more than 7,500 megawatts (MW) and operates more than 7,200 MW of renewable energy projects. With more than 700 employees, EDPR NA’s highly qualified team has a proven capacity to execute projects across the continent. For more information, visit www.edprnorthamerica.com or www.edpr.com.

Los Banos to vote on Community Choice Energy

The City of Los Banos in Merced County will vote at its October 21, 7pm City Council meeting on the question of whether or not to join Peninsula Clean Energy. Other options have been evaluated and the decision about joining PCE is the only option on the table. Meeting information can be found HERE and at the City’s official website.

Update: the AGENDA has been posted.

 

Regulatory Update for October 15, 2020

The CPUC is holding its meetings remotely. See the COVID19 information page on the CPUC’s website for more COVID19-related info. Remote meeting notice from CPUC: Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20, Commissioners may participate in CPUC meetings remotely. The public may observe, provide public comments during the public comment period, and otherwise participate remotely pursuant to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. To listen or make comments not to exceed three minutes by phone, dial 1-800-857-1917, passcode: 9899501. Alternatively, you mail email brief written comments (which do not exceed three minutes when read aloud) to 10222020VotingMeetingComments@cpuc.ca.gov and the Public Advisor may read your comments out loud to the meeting if time permits. 

Brief Notes:

  • We are no longer providing updates on proceedings to which The Climate Center is not a Party. Links to proceedings that are important to advancing local clean energy are included. To find updates, click on the proceeding number which will bring you to that proceeding docket.
  • Starting on December 17, regulatory updates will be issued in The Climate Center e-news.
  • The next CPUC voting meeting takes place on October 22 @ 10am. See AGENDA. For the livestream, click HERE.
  • For details on other proceedings click the links in the Important Proceedings list below or visit CPUC’s Documents Page. Please contact us at info[at]cleanpowerexhange.org to report any errors or broken links.
Proceedings to which The Climate Center is a Party:
  1. Rulemaking 19-09-009 pursuant to SB 1339 (Stern, 2018) Microgrid Commercialization
  2. Investigation 15-08-019 PG&E Safety Culture
Important Proceedings (not updated here):
  1. Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) 12-11-005
  2. Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)  17-06-026
  3. Resource Adequacy (RA) 17-09-020
  4. Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) 16-02-007
  5. Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) 18-07-003
  6. Integrated Distributed Energy Resources 4-10-003
  7. NEM Successor Tariff 14-07-002

Summaries:

  1. Microgrid Rulemaking 19-09-009 pursuant to SB 1339 (Stern, 2018)

The Climate Center is a Party to this proceeding.

Recent Developments:

  • October 2, 2020 – The Climate Center and Vote Solar Joint Reply Comments on alternatives to diesel back-up generators (BUGs)
  • Sept 25 – The Climate Center and Vote Solar Joint Filing on alternatives to diesel back-up generators (BUGs)
  • Sept. 4 – Assigned Commissioner and ALJ’s Ruling Seeking Comment on Policy Questions and an Interim Approach for Minimizing Emissions from Generation During Transmission Outages.
  • August 28 Climate Center/Vote Solar Joint Reply Comments, Track 2
  • August 14 – The Climate Center and Vote Solar Joint Comments on Track 2 Ruling

The Commission did not reject use of diesel fuel as a near-term back up generation choice. However, with this Decision in place it should become easier for local governments to access the data they need to engage in Community Energy Resilience planning, part of The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign.

Key Documents:

  • July 3 Scoping Ruling – Assigned Commissioner’s Amended Scoping Memo and Ruling for Track 2.
  • June 11 Decision adopting Short-Term (Track 1) Actions to Accelerate Microgrid Deployment and Related Resiliency Solutions.
  • The Climate Center and Vote Solar Opening Comments filed on May 19 and Reply Comments, filed on May 26.
  • April 29 – Proposed Decision Adopting Short-Term Actions to Accelerate Microgrid Deployment and Related Resiliency Solutions. A special note here: This Proposed CPUC Decision reflects a formal embrace by the CPUC of several key ACE principles that The Climate Center and partner organizations have been advocating for regarding the pivotal role of local governments.
  • March 19 – The Climate Center participated in an Ex Parte communication with CPUC staff
  • January 30 – Climate Center Opening Comments in the Track 1 Proceeding
  • December 20, 2019: Scoping Ruling.
  • October 21, 2019: The Climate Center Opening Comments.
  • September 19, 2019: Order Instituting Rulemaking.

Next Steps: ALJ’s Proposed Decision on Track 2

 

2. PG&E Safety Culture Investigation 15-08-019

The Climate Center is a Party to this proceeding.

Recent Developments:

  • October 13, 2020 – The Senate Energy, Utilities Committee held a hearing marking the 10 year anniversary of the San Bruno gas line explosion on gas, electric, and transportation safety. For the recording of the hearing, click HERE. Representatives of PG&E, So Cal Gas and others were in attendance to address safety issues. Though not part of the formal proceeding, relevant nonetheless.

Key Documents:

  • January 23, 2020 – Motion of the Ad Hoc Committee of Senior Unsecured Note-holders of PG&E to Withdraw
  • December 13, 2019 – Letter from several LSEs, including a CCA, to CPUC Commissioners expressing interest in taking ownership of PG&E grid assets
  • July 19, 2019 Climate Center Opening Comments
  • June 18, 2019 CPUC Order seeking proposals to improve PG&E safety culture

Next Steps:

  • Sept. 4, 2020 – Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling Updating Case Status. Investigation 15-08-019 will remain open. NorthStar Consulting Group, Inc. will continue its work in a monitoring role. Issues to be address in the proceeding may be raised by parties or the Commission. May 8, 2020 was the deadline for the conclusion of this investigation, however, the ALJ has announced that the investigation will remain open.

Closed proceedings that matter:

  • CCA Rulemaking 03-10-003– This was the rulemaking that defined all the rules pursuant to AB 117, the original California CCA law
  • CCA Bond and Re-Entry Fees 18-05-022– This is the proceeding that re-set the bond required to be posted by CCAs in the event that the CCA fails and customers are returned to the incumbent utility

Legislative Update for October 15, 2020

Special Notice: Starting on December 17, 2020, all legislative updates will be issued in The Climate Center e-news. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a beat!

On October 12, the Assembly Utilities & Energy Committee held a special hearing to receive and discuss the “Preliminary Root Cause Analysis on the Mid-August 2020 Heat Storm.” Click HERE for the recording of the hearing.

Heads of the three major energy agencies in the state were in attendance to present the analysis. This included Steve Berberich of the California Independent System Operator, David Hochschild of the California Energy Commission, and Maribel Batjer, President of the California Public Utilities Commission. For a quick summary of the Root Cause Analysis see the October 6 News Release from CAISO.

Sen. Jerry Hill, San Mateo, poses questions to utility representatives

 

On October 13, the Senate Energy, Utilities Committee held a hearing on the ten year anniversary of the San Bruno gas line explosion on gas, electric, and transportation safety. For the recording of the hearing, click HERE. Representatives of PG&E, So Cal Gas and others were in attendance to address safety issues.

 


The 2020 legislative session came to a close at the end of September.

For a complete list of the 135 bills we tracked in 2020, click HERE.

See our collected position letters HERE.

Endorse our Climate-Safe California platform HERE.

 

Action: Comment by October 20 for an all electric Building standard in California

Right now the California Energy Commission is accepting comments on their update on the State’s energy efficiency standards. Now is the time to call on the Commission to:

  • Set an “all-electric” standard for new construction;
  • Prohibit fossil fuel piping in new construction;

All-electric high efficiency heat pumps and induction stoves are available now to eliminate polluting natural gas in buildings. We need members of the public to comment and push for an all electric code, eliminating fossil gas.

Written comments are due Oct. 20 to the docket. Your comments should be submitted using THIS FORM.

Thank you!

Orange County: On a CCA Roll!

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a lot of Community Choice activity in the works in Orange County.

A bit of background first. On September 25, 2018, the Irvine City Council approved conducting a feasibility study to determine the pros and cons of implementing a Community Choice program, including potential economic benefits for the community. Fast forward to July of this year when the Irvine City Council voted to move forward with their CCA plans and seek partner cities in a joint powers authority (JPA). That JPA formation process is now underway.
Currently three cities have requested their load data from Southern California Edison so the technical consultant can create one study with all participating cities.
The participating cities are:
  • Irvine: Leading the formation. Population roughly 303,000
  • Costa Mesa: Population 114,000 (set to hear a report on Oct 20th Council Meeting)
  • Fullerton: Population 140,000 (set to hear a report on Oct 20th Council Meeting)
  • Laguna Woods

In addition:

  • Santa Ana has shown some interest (population of roughly 333,000)
  • Huntington Beach paid for a study, but won’t do anything till after the election, which may be too late
  • Tustin showed strong interest, but has not moved forward
For a deep dive, here are copies of the technical studies, including the original 2019 study and staff report: https://www.cityofirvine.org/community-choice-energy. And a follow-up Peer Review study.
Timeline:
1. Cities meet in October and November to vote on results of Irvine report, read and negotiate JPA and sign (or not!).
2. Seat the JPA board late November
3. Approve an Implementation Plan and submit to the California Public Utilities Commission by 12/31/20 for a 2022 service launch.

To stay up to date, visit OC Clean Power.

New Housing Developments Eligible for Energy Efficiency Incentives from Sonoma Clean Power

SCP offers incentives to builders for high-performing and resilient homes in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties

(SANTA ROSA, CA) – Sonoma Clean Power’s Advanced Energy Build program is powering new home construction in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties with cash incentives and technical guidance for builders.

Through Advanced Energy Build, new development projects can earn up to $4,500 per housing unit for energy efficiency and resiliency features. Low-income single-family homes, multifamily housing, and projects that add accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are eligible for increased incentive amounts. The flexible incentive packages are designed to assist builders with the costs associated with building electric-ready and all-electric homes.

All-electric construction is still a fairly new practice in the housing industry. However, it has become more prevalent in recent years due to California’s ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals, the increase of efficiency in electric appliances like heat pumps and induction cooktops, and customer demand for smart appliances.

“What we see with homes that are built without gas, or very little dependence on gas, is that they not only emit less pollution, but they also save their occupants an average of $650 annually on their utility bills and are cost-neutral to build. With new developments, we have an opportunity to create healthier indoor environments for people to live in, while also helping them save money on their overall living expenses,” says Scott Salyer, Programs Manager at SCP.

Advanced Energy Build was adapted from SCP’s Advanced Energy Rebuild program, which was developed in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to support residents in the rebuilding process after the October 2017 North Bay fires.

Similarly, Advanced Energy Build incentivizes energy-efficient appliances and equipment, electric vehicle charging stations, and more, with additional funds for all-electric projects and those that combine solar with battery storage systems. Homeowners that want to maximize their energy savings can connect to SCP’s GridSavvy Community, which rewards customers with a monthly bill credit for allowing their smart devices to serve as a resource in times of stress on the electricity grid.

As both Sonoma and Mendocino Counties work to address the need for more housing, SCP hopes that Advanced Energy Build will encourage builders to adopt high-performance standards and increase the number of resilient, efficient homes available to residents in the area.

SCP will work closely with builders to ensure their designs qualify for the program incentives and educate the future homeowners on the benefits of their new, energy-efficient appliances.

In addition to the program, SCP plans to offer trainings and classes to contractors on clean energy technologies and all-electric building practices through its Advanced Energy Center to help smooth the local transition toward building electrification.

For more information, builders can email SCP at programs@sonomacleanpower.org or visit sonomacleanpower.org/programs/advanced-energy-build.

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About Sonoma Clean Power

Sonoma Clean Power is the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. SCP first began service in 2014 as California’s second Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) and since then has become a model for community choice programs throughout the state. SCP provides electricity generated by cleaner sources of energy with fewer emissions, and its services and customer programs are practical, affordable, and inclusive, empowering everyone to be part of the transition toward a clean energy future. To learn more, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call 1 (855) 202-2139.