Renewable energy rate-battle is CPUC’s chance to prove it’s not in PG&E’s pocket
By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt
Our hot world is working to cool down, together.
In Paris, international leaders broke into tears over an agreement to reduce carbon emissions. Did the agreement go far enough to save our environment? Probably not.
Still, some are calling the deal “historic.” And, at least, it’s a step forward.
However, on the eve of those talks, here in famously liberal San Francisco, we may soon “historically” blunder backwards on climate change.
The California Public Utilities Commission is set to approve a set of rate calculations from Pacific Gas & Electric, Co. Buried in dense regulator-ese is a provision to adopt what’s called the “Power Change Indifference Amount.”
In plain English, it’s a provision to jack up the price customers pay to join renewable energy programs sponsored by cities. In San Francisco, that’s CleanPowerSF, which may launch as soon as next year.
This may stunt renewable energy programs in Marin, Sonoma and any city that may soon offer such programs…
Disgraced CPUC President Michael Peevey stepped down, and Michael Picker is now steering the regulator in a new direction. But the president wasn’t the only one blowing kisses PG&E’s way.
Emails revealed in the last month by the city of San Bruno show commissioner Mark Florio, who is still somehow shockingly sitting on the commission, was particularly close to PG&E.
State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, tried to reform this shady relationship, only to see his bill vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown (“moonbeam,” indeed). Leno penned a letter to the CPUC decrying the vote to raise prices on the PG&E exit fees... (more)
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