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Energy Bill the Focus of Congressional Debate

Congress has spent a significant chunk of the new year focused on a bipartisan energy bill, which, if passed, would be the first broad bipartisan energy package in nearly ten years. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015...more

Here Comes the Sun: New CPUC Tariff Preserves Most Benefits for Rooftop Solar

On January 28, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted in a 3-2 decision to approve a new tariff that preserves net energy metering (successor tariff). In retaining net metering, the successor tariff...more

California Net Metering Ruling; Installations Greater than 1 MW Now Eligible

In a closely watched hearing, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted 3-to-2 in favor of extending net metering in California. Eligible customers owning generation such as solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will...more

California CPUC Votes to Retain Net Metering, With Modifications

The California Public Utilities Commission yesterday adopted – by a 3-2 vote – a proposed decision revising the net energy metering (NEM) tariff for customers of the state’s three largest utilities who install renewable...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2016 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - The Verdict Is In: CPUC Preserves Net Metering In California - Solar Industry - Jan 28 In a 3-2 vote this morning, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued its long-awaited...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2016 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Utilities push a solar pricing proposal they say is fairer for non-solar users - Los Angeles Times - Jan 20 - Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and Pacific Gas &...more

Battery Energy Storage – the Game Changer

One of the fastest emerging technologies in the energy industry is battery storage. Seen as a solution to frequency regulation challenges and renewable energy shortfalls, battery storage is sometimes called the next “game...more

2016 Will Be a Happy New Year for Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Extended Deadlines Provide Greater Certainty for Projects - Congress and President Obama delivered an early holiday gift for the renewable energy industry with the passage of legislation that extends a number of tax...more

California's Solar Energy-Friendly Policy Survives... For Now

CPUC Will Take Comments on a Proposed Decision on Net Energy Metering Tariff - The California Public Utilities Commission has issued a proposed decision adopting the successor to the existing Net Energy Metering tariff....more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2015 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether landowners can challenge federal Water Act jurisdiction through pre-enforcement review - Reuters - - Dec 11 The U.S. Supreme Court on...more

CPUC Proposed Decision Extends Pole Attachment Rights to CMRS Providers

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Assigned Commissioner to a rulemaking at the California Public Utility Commission (“CPUC”) issued a Proposed Decision to extend the state’s pole, conduit and right of way access rights to...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2015

Renewable Energy Focus - Large-scale renewables account for more than 60% of new energy capacity in the U.S. - CleanTechnica - Oct 28: Recent figures reveal that utility-scale renewable energy projects accounted for more...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015 #5

Renewable Energy Focus - sPower wins 68.8-megawatt Southern California Public Power Authority solar PPA: SolarServer - Oct 22: sPower has been awarded a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Southern California...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: To DG or Not to DG – That’s The Question (Part 5 of 6)

The Problem: To DG or Not to DG – That’s The Question: The rapid growth of distributed generation (DG) over the past two years is expected to continue: as of 2013, the U.S. installed one PV solar system every four...more

Governor Signs Amendments to SGMA, with Provisions for Water Utilities Regulated by CPUC

In the last two months, Governor Brown has signed several bills into law, amending the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA or the Act). Two bills, Assembly Bill 1390 and Senate Bill 226, addressed the specifics...more

California's New Climate Era: SB 350 and Beyond

Two out of three ain’t bad. Climate change policy advocates may find themselves quoting Meat Loaf with the enactment of Senate Bill (SB) 350, which California’s Legislature passed last month and which Governor Jerry...more

No Good Public Policy Goes Unpunished: Superior Court Challenge to Utility's Implementation of CPUC General Order 156 Moves...

The California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) is a state agency vested with considerable constitutional and statutory powers. Historically, the CPUC has wielded these powers primarily in pursuit of its traditional...more

California Takes the Bronze: Implications and Impacts of California’s SB 350

On October 7, Gov. Brown signed into law the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (“SB 350”) 2015. This comes as no surprise, because when the state legislature passed SB 350 on September 11, 2015, Gov. Brown said...more

CPUC Set to Tackle Net Metering Debate with New Distributed Generation Tariff

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) could soon make big changes to how rooftop solar installations function in the state. Under Assembly Bill 327, enacted in 2013, the CPUC has until December 31, 2015 to...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015

Renewable Energy Focus - Price of solar energy in the U.S. has fallen to 5¢/kWh on average: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Sep 30: Solar energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released...more

Implications of the California Drought on Energy Use and Climate Concerns

California's drought is now in its fourth year, and state leaders are faced with making unprecedented decisions further restricting water use. The brown lawns and dying trees are all too obvious and painful examples of the...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2015 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - Data center giant Equinix taps SunEdison to solar power its California operations: PV Magazine - Sep 23: Equinix, the largest data center service provider in the world, has signed a five-year...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus: California’s ‘50% renewables by 2030’ legislation is passed - PVTech Solar News - Sep 14: The passing of legislation that will see California sourcing 50% of its energy from renewable sources by...more

Comcast to Pay $33.4 Million for the Unauthorized Disclosure of Customer Contact Information

Yesterday, the California Public Utilities Commission announced it had approved a $33.4 million settlement with Comcast, which resolves allegations that, due to vendor switches, the company disclosed and published the contact...more

Legislative Update: California Passes Groundbreaking Legislation Increasing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Mandates, But...

The end of the California State Legislature’s regular session for the year culminated in a frenzy of action, with Assembly members scrambling to pass dozens of bills before midnight on September 12, 2015. The California...more

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