The Coalition’s staff closely monitors proceedings of the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board, and submits formal comments on issues that matter to the Coalition’s members. No other group has a regular presence at the implementation level with all these key regulatory agencies. When state laws and policies are converted into specific regulations and programs, only the LGSEC is there to provide a local government perspective and identify emerging challenges.
LGSEC is a leading voice on the following issue areas:
No doubt, the cheapest energy is the energy that we don’t have to produce – energy saved through greater efficiency. It’s also the energy that produces the least greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewable energy must generate almost half of the world’s power by 2050 in order to slow/stop climate change. Shifting to clean, renewable energy supports energy independence as well as climate action goals at the local, state, national, and global levels.
Building on the state’s long history of energy efficiency and environmental policy leadership, California voters committed the state to climate action when it passed AB 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act. Numerous other laws, regulations and local norms have put California at the forefront of climate action.
In 2003, Assembly Bill 117 gave local governments the ability to purchase electricity on behalf of their constituents. Under community choice aggregation, investor-owned utilities continue to provide transmission and distribution service.