Climate Action

Regulatory Filings

The Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition’s quick embrace of the goals of AB 32, and our linkage of the regional, cross-economy impacts of the AB 32 Scoping Plan to issues such as utility energy efficiency programs and community choice aggregation has been well-received and acknowledged.

The work that we have done before the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, and particularly the California Public Utilities Commission has resulted in greater emphasis from State policy makers on opportunities for engaging local governments in planning and implementing strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition is active before the California Air Resources Board on the importance of opportunities for local governments to participate in cap and trade programs as part of the State’s effort to combat climate change.  Our members use the LGSEC network to inform one another of key climate change issues before the Legislature, as well.

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AB 32 Scoping Plan

AB 32 required the California Air Resources Board to develop a Scoping Plan that describes the approach California will take to reduce greenhouse gasses to achieve the goals of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The Scoping Plan was first considered by the Board in 2008 and must be updated every five years. The LGSEC has consistently advocated that the document highlight the import role of local government’s in meeting the State’s climate goals.

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CPUC Cap and Trade

In 2011, the California Public Utilities Commission opened a proceeding to determine how to allocate revenues from cap and trade auction allowances. CPUC staff predicts the total revenue could be $5.8 billion over eight years (yes, billion). The LGSEC is advocating that a portion of those revenues should be directed to local governments to support local government programs that support climate action planning and sustainability programs.

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Government Agencies Involved in Energy Policy

CA Public Utilities Commission
Energy Efficiency Programs
Greenhouse Gas Standard (AB32)
Demand Response Rules
Critical Peak Pricing Rules
CA Solar Initiative
Distributed Generation Rules
Renewable Portfolio Standard
Community Choice Aggregation
Water/Energy Conservation
Utility Long-Term Procurement
Utility General Rate Cases
Direct Access Rules

CA Energy Commission
Demand Response Programs
CA Solar Initiative
Renewable Energy Programs
Distributed Generation Programs
Water/Energy Programs
Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32)

CA Air Resources Board
Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32)