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Modernizing California's Utilities to Build a Clean Energy Future: The Conversation Begins

Posted October 3, 2013 by Devra Wang in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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The regulators of California’s largest electric utilities will hold a forum next week on the future of those businesses, and while a discussion of utility “business models” might not seem like the most electrifying topic, the direction they take will...continued

States Leading the Way on Energy Efficiency

Posted September 26, 2013 by Devra Wang in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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A new report out this week from the National Governors Association, An Energy Efficiency Primer for Governors, highlights just how effective many of our country’s governors have been in moving forward a clean energy agenda that benefits everyone. While our...continued

California Makes Progress Rewarding Utilities for Energy Efficiency

Posted September 5, 2013 by Devra Wang in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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California utility regulators unanimously approved an incentive mechanism today to reward electric and natural gas utilities when they help customers upgrade their homes and businesses to be more energy efficient. That’s good news for all of us who want to...continued

California's Energy Efficiency Model Can Help Meet the President's Climate Goals

Posted July 8, 2013 by Devra Wang in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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California’s 40 years of remarkable success in using energy efficiency to avoid dirty power generation and save utility customers billions, as detailed in a new NRDC fact sheet released today, offers valuable lessons to help meet President Obama’s groundbreaking climate...continued

Replacing the San Onofre Nuclear Plant Without More Dirty Power Plants

Posted June 7, 2013 by Devra Wang in Curbing Pollution, Nuclear Weapons, Waste and Energy, Solving Global Warming

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Note: Southern California Edison announced today  (6/7/2013) that it is permanently closing the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station but as I recently noted, the plant’s absence has not affected reliable electric service in California. The state’s electric system is very...continued

California Leads the Nation in Energy Efficiency

Posted February 28, 2013 by Devra Wang in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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A new bipartisan report citing energy efficiency’s continuing and huge potential as a major U.S. resource underscores once again that saving energy need not be a political issue, which Californians well know after enjoying enormous economic and environmental benefits thanks...continued

CPUC Cuts Plans for New Power Plants in Half in Southern California

Posted February 13, 2013 by Devra Wang in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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The California Public Utilities Commission this week unanimously voted to look first to energy efficiency and other clean energy resources to meet electric needs in Southern California. As a result, the CPUC reduced its authorization of new fossil generation by...continued

Will California Continue to Use Energy Efficiency to Avoid Power Plants?

Posted February 11, 2013 by Devra Wang in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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Just days after a California Senate committee hearing on how well the state is using energy efficiency to avoid new power plants, two Public Utilities Commission votes scheduled for Wednesday could signal whether the state continues on the clean energy...continued

Does Energy Efficiency Avoid the Need for Power Plants in California?

Posted January 24, 2013 by Devra Wang in Solving Global Warming

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California has a long and rightfully proud history of using energy efficiency to avoid the need for expensive new power plants that pollute our air. In fact, energy efficiency is now the second largest resource for meeting the state’s electric...continued

California PUC Sends a Message Supporting Utilities' Energy Efficiency Focus

Posted December 20, 2012 by Devra Wang in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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In good news for California’s efforts to cut utility bills and pollution, the Public Utilities Commission today voted to reward the state’s largest electric and natural gas utilities for their successful 2010-2012 energy efficiency programs. State policy calls for efficiency...continued

California Takes Another Big Step Forward Building a Clean Energy Economy

Posted November 14, 2012 by Devra Wang in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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Today marks the launch of California’s cap and trade program, a critical part of the state’s landmark clean energy and climate law, AB 32. This is a big step forward for California, and it is the latest in a...continued

It's Time for the California PUC to Make Energy Efficiency Utilities' Top Priority

Posted October 25, 2012 by Devra Wang in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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Energy efficiency is the cheapest and cleanest way to meet our energy needs. Yet, the California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state’s largest utilities, currently only provides utilities with profits for investing in dirtier and costlier alternatives like power...continued

ARB Announces Plans to Require Major Industrial Facilities to Cut Pollution

Posted June 30, 2011 by Devra Wang in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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At a California Senate oversight hearing yesterday called by Senator Pavley, a joint author of the state’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), Air Resources Board Chairman Nichols reaffirmed her agency’s commitment to proceed with implementation of a robust...continued

Top environmental priorities for the California PUC

Posted January 31, 2011 by Devra Wang in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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Over the past decade, the California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state's investor-owned utilities, has emerged as a leader on policies that provide significant environmental and economic benefits. Governor Brown recently announced two of his three new appointees to...continued

CPUC Awards Final Incentive for Success of 2006-08 Energy Efficiency Programs; Improving The Mechanism For Following Years Should Now Be Urgent Priority

Posted December 16, 2010 by Devra Wang in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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Earlier today, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved about $68 million in additional incentives to reward the state’s investor-owned utilities for their success in helping customers lower their bills through energy efficiency from 2006-2008.  As I blogged about in...continued

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