Fall 2015 Regulatory Update

Regulatory Update

Highlights from the CPUC’s 288-page Proposed Decision

On August 18, 2015, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a Proposed Decision on Energy Efficiency Goals for 2016 and Beyond and Energy Efficiency Rolling Portfolio Mechanics (PD), which focuses on the framework of energy efficiency programs during the 10-year portfolio cycle and:

  1. adopts “aggressive yet achievable” energy savings goals for ratepayer-funded energy efficiency program portfolios (portfolios) for 2016 and beyond,
  2. establishes a “Rolling Portfolio” process for regularly reviewing and revising portfolios,
  3. and updates various energy efficiency program portfolio metrics, including Database of Energy Efficient Resources values, effective January 1, 2016.

The PD can be found here. The CPUC has postponed a vote on this matter until October 22.

What You Need to Know
  1. The Proposed Decision establishes longer-term funding applications that approve funding levels for 10 years.
  2. The basic structure of implementing the Rolling Portfolio Cycle is:
    1. Strategic Plan – Commission developed, provides overarching guidance to PAs.
    2. Business Plan – Program Administrators (PAs) and stakeholder developed, PAs file periodically via application for Commission review; explains at a high level of abstraction how PAs will achieve the goals of the Commission’s strategic plan; leads to a Commission guidance decision adopting the business plan and setting budget expectations to be more fully developed in annual budget filings.
    3. Annual Budget – PA and stakeholder developed, PAs file annually via advice letter; provides a budget for the programs/implementation strategies described in the business plans.
    4. Implementation Plan – PA and stakeholder developed, not formally filed with the Commission; uploaded onto a Commission-maintained website as (and a PA website also, at each PA’s discretion); provides detail on programs/implementation strategies.
  3. It allows for PAs to make minor program changes more easily by eliminating very specific program details from the application and fund-shifting advice letters.
  4. It establishes a stakeholder forum to vet energy efficiency portfolio plans outside of formal regulatory proceedings where the Stakeholder Coordinating Committee can vet business plans, annual advice letters, implementation plans, and portfolio metrics while they are in development.
  5. It adopts a “bus stop” approach for deadlines for the critical steps in the portfolio updates, setting a reliable, regular schedule for future updates, so that any new information that “misses a bus” can get on board when the bus rolls around to the stop again the following year.
  6. There will be another decision in Phase 2, with a target for early 2016, which will look at standardizing statewide programs and possible changes to third party programs. Until a decision comes out, programs can continue as currently authorized.
A Closer Look

The Local Government Sustainability Energy Coalition (LGSEC) prepared a memo for its members that summarizes the Proposed Decision on the Rolling Portfolio and is allowing SEEC to share it with our participants. These memos and other regulatory updates are one of the benefits of LGSEC membership. LGSEC Comments on the Proposed Decision can be found here.

[textblock align=”center”]View or download the LGSEC memo on the CPUC’s Proposed DecisionClick here to view the LGSEC memo on the CPUC’s Proposed Decision[/textblock]

CEC’s Draft 2015 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Is Out

The California Energy Commission’s Draft 2015 Integrated Energy Policy Report has been released for public comment. The report makes energy policy recommendations based on the Energy Commission’s energy assessments and forecasts with the intent of conserving resources, protecting the environment, providing reliable energy, enhancing the state’s economy, and protecting public health and safety.

[textblock align=”center”]View a summary presentation of what the report contains[/textblock] [textblock align=”center”]View the 2015 Draft Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR)[/textblock]

Comments are due by November 10th. More information can be found at energy.ca.gov/2015_energypolicy/

Check out the draft energy sector adaptation implementation plan

In response to a directive from California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., the Natural Resources Agency is seeking public comment on a draft plan for how California will prepare for and adapt to the catastrophic effects of climate change, including extended droughts and wildfires, rising sea levels and increasingly extreme weather.

The Natural Resources Agency seeks public comment on the draft plan through the end of November, and will hold two public meetings this month to gather input from interested citizens, scientists, government officials, and other stakeholders. The Safeguarding California: Implementing Actions Plan document will be revised based on public comments, with a final version scheduled for release in December.

[textblock align=”center”]View the Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans[/textblock]

The Energy Sector Plan spans from page 49-66 and includes the following segments: Introduction, Vulnerability Assessment, Current Actions to Prepare for Climate Impacts, Next Steps, and Monitoring and Evaluation. Comments are due by November 30th to climate@resources.ca.gov.

Public workshops to gather input on the plan will be held on October 26th in Sacramento and October 27th in Los Angeles. Learn more at resources.ca.gov/climate/safeguarding/.

Check out the General Plan Guidelines Update

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research has been engaged in an extensive update to the General Plan Guidelines, informed by extensive outreach, engagement, and collaboration with state agencies and stakeholders. This comprehensive update seeks to create a suite of tools for planners, practitioners, and the general public to help update local general plans.

[textblock align=”center”]View the public draft of the update to the General Plan Guidelines for the State of California[/textblock]

OPR will be holding multiple community outreach events throughout California during the public comment period for the draft GPG update. Planners, practitioners, and community members are invited to attend and learn about the updated guidelines, ask questions, and share their feedback. Check the OPR website (www.opr.ca.gov) for upcoming dates and to register for events.  OPR is working to schedule more sessions throughout the state, and they will be listed as they are scheduled. The current schedule and location of events is below:

October 29, 2015     Salinas
November 3,2015    Mendocino
November 6,2015    Sacramento
November 10, 2015 Fresno
November 16, 2015 Stockton
November 30, 2015 Los Angeles
December 1, 2015   San Bernadino
December 2, 2015   San Diego
December 3, 2015   Oakland
December 4, 2015   San Francisco

Questions and comments can be directed to infor@opr.ca.gov.