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California’s Clean Energy Regulatory Round-Up: What You Need to Know


California’s Clean Energy Regulatory Round-Up: What You Need to Know



The world of legislation, regulation, and proceedings related to clean energy can be complicated and difficult to follow. From rolling portfolios to business plans, resolutions to advice letters, there’s a lot to keep track of! Here are the five most important regulatory updates affecting SoCalREN and the clean energy landscape in California today:

  1. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is currently evaluating the next eight years of energy efficiency funding proposals. These proposals come from community choice aggregators, investor-owned utilities, and regional energy networks (like SoCalREN!) and outline their high level strategies to address state policies, including climate and energy laws and environmental and social justice. 

  2. A recent CPUC staff proposal is exploring how to ramp down fossil gas energy efficiency incentives while ensuring equity and pathways to meet 2045 decarbonization goals for all fossil gas consumption. The staff proposal suggests “an orderly transition to phasing out ratepayer-funded energy efficiency (EE) incentives for most natural gas measures over the next 10 years.”

  3. The CPUC launched a new proceeding to enable widespread demand flexibility through electric rates. The proceeding examines scaling up demand flexibility and reforming the way customers are compensated for their distributed energy resources.

  4. Governor Newsom urged the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to accelerate progress towards the state’s climate goals, including new efforts to advance offshore wind, clean fuels, climate-friendly homes, carbon removal, and addressing methane leaks.

  5. The Inflation Reduction Act includes $369B for climate related activities including customer home rebates, ten years of consumer tax credits for battery storage, EV incentives, and various grant programs with an emphasis on environmental justice. 

Interested in learning more about regulatory proceedings in California? Check out the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC), a statewide network representing local government interests related to clean energy and climate resilience.