Will California Hit the Cap and Trade Megamillions Jackpot?

And you thought the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) was all about limiting greenhouse gas emissions, didn’t you?  Think again. There is a brewing fight in Sacramento over how to spend the gold expected to start pouring in when the Golden State starts its carbon cap and trade program.  The original intent of AB32 Read more about Will California Hit the Cap and Trade Megamillions Jackpot?[…]

Coal in Your Christmas Stocking

“We are following through on our commitment to proceed in a measured and careful way to reduce [greenhouse gas] pollution that threatens the health and welfare of Americans, and contributes to climate change.” —EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in December 23rd press statement. “We’re pleased that EPA is working to deliberately bring this dangerous pollution under Read more about Coal in Your Christmas Stocking[…]

EIX Sticks with Coal

“The Electric power business has the potential to change more in the next 10 years than it did over the last 100 years.”[1] That was the unsurprising statement in the Southern California Edison (EIX) second quarter conference call for investors.  The slide presentation provides an interesting snapshot of SCE’s view of the current markets and Read more about EIX Sticks with Coal[…]

Tesla Power & Light?

Two events make for an interesting convergence of interests for the electric power and transportation sectors.  I’m not sure if this is a bullet train or a train wreck ahead but it could be transformational either way.  These events are the Tesla Motors IPO and the word leaking out of Washington that the broad cap Read more about Tesla Power & Light?[…]

Will California Voters Suspend AB32 in November ballot?

California will hold a referendum on global warming on its November 2010 ballot—and one on whether to legalize pot for personal use.  Far Out, man!—as Cheech and Chong might say! California Secretary of State certified the proposition to suspend the California Global Warming Solutions Act as qualified for the November General Election ballot with more Read more about Will California Voters Suspend AB32 in November ballot?[…]

Only 50/50 Smart Grid Odds of Success

The pace of consolidation among smart grid players is accelerating, but the probability of smart grid success is not getting better as more smart meters are installed. Why? The promise of smart grid is a seamlessly integrated digital electric system that enables the scalable growth of new technology applications to improve efficiency, brings cleaner renewable Read more about Only 50/50 Smart Grid Odds of Success[…]

AB32 Suspension on November 2010 CA Ballot

Initiative petitions are expected to be filed today to suspend implementation of AB32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act, until the unemployment rate in California improves to 5.5% for four consecutive quarters, according to a story today in the San Francisco Chronicle.[1] The story says the supporters will turn in more than two times the Read more about AB32 Suspension on November 2010 CA Ballot[…]

AB32 Report Card: Get Your Homework Done!

That was the essence of the latest report by the California Legislative Analyst (LAO) of the progress being made on implementing AB32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act, delivered to the Legislature.[1] The law was adopted in 2006 setting the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions statewide to 1990 levels by 2020.  Responsibility for implementing Read more about AB32 Report Card: Get Your Homework Done![…]

Are Californians Turning against Clean Energy Policies—or just Politicians?

The depths of recession and its impact on California’s economy are driving both business and government to desperate measures in search of revenue.  In this state of great dreams but unfunded aspirations we are seeing a growing pushback by voters and ratepayers over the costs of living into those aspirations. Los Angeles Renewable Rate Increase Read more about Are Californians Turning against Clean Energy Policies—or just Politicians?[…]

Big Chill Hits AB32

The independent and nonpartisan California Legislative Analyst was finally forced to answer questions about the impacts of AB32 on job creation in California.  The Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) has tried to avoid this fate since 2006 when California sought to goad Congress and the Bush Administration into action by adopting the Global Warming Solutions Act Read more about Big Chill Hits AB32[…]