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California Public Utility Commission

Winners and Losers from Flattening Tiered Electricity Prices

July 1, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Winners and Losers

The California Public Utilities Commission is moving closer to major changes in the steeply increasing-block residential electricity rates that the state has had since the 2000-01 California electricity crisis. This Friday the Commissioners may decide to significantly flatten the tiered rate structure.[read more]

Electricity Pricing: The Times, They Might Be A-Changing

May 6, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Electricity and Pricing

Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision on residential rate reform. Residential rate reform – how and what Californians pay for electricity – is a thorny subject, and the Commission’s proposed decision is being met with a range of reactions.[read more]

A Roadmap to Energy Efficiency in California

March 31, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

The California Public Utilities Commission released a draft document on energy efficiency that functions as a “10 year roadmap to activate market forces and transform California’s existing residential, commercial, and public building stock into high performing and energy efficient buildings.”[read more]

California Utilities Likely to Be Back in the EV Charging Business

November 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Three years ago, the state of California banned utilities from becoming investors in public EV charging, saying they represented an unfair competitive threat to independent parties in a still-nascent market. But now the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has proposed lifting that ban.[read more]

California to Utilities: Connect Battery-Solar Energy Systems to the Grid

April 22, 2014 by Jeff St. John

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision that would exempt most storage-solar projects from extra utility fees and interconnection studies. Instead, it would require utilities to treat them as regular net-metered solar systems, as long as they meet certain requirements.[read more]

Dude, where’s my “climate dividend”?

November 29, 2012 by Tom Arnold

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Last week the California Public Utility Commission announced (pdf) a proposed “climate dividend” totaling “$5.7B to $22.6B…returned to ratepayers.” Just a week earlier, the first auction in the California carbon market cleared at over $10 per metric ton. Clearly, something is afoot, something big that will involve a new incentive layer for commercial facility managers. Right?[read more]

Smart Meter Opt Out Options Grow In California

April 20, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

More California residents wanting to opt out of smart meters were given their chance today as the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) approved such choices for Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers. Like with Pacific Gas and Electronic (PG&E) customers earlier this year...[read more]

EDF’s Utility Proposal Could Scale Up Distributed Solar, EE

January 20, 2012 by Jim Pierobon

The California Public Utility Commission is accepting comments through January 25 and holding workshops February 8-10 on a proposal by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to create the nation’s first statewide on-bill repayment (OBR) program for energy efficiency and solar energy upgrades to be financed entirely by third parties. The on-...[read more]

Dawn of a New Era for California Solar Industry?

December 16, 2010 by Arno Harris

The California Public Utility Commission today approved an important new policy for California solar PV, the Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM). As you may remember, RAM was originally proposed by the CPUC staff back in August of 2009 (I blogged about it and why I thought it was a much preferable alteranative to a Feed...[read more]