Archive for August 2014

AB 2145 Dead

AB 2145 Got Kicked to the Curb!

We are thrilled to report that AB 2145 has officially died, failing to make it off the Senate Floor when the final gavel of the 2014 legislative session came to rest just after 3:00 am Saturday morning.

 

This has been an intense and hard-fought battle and its outcome represents a significant victory for CCA in California and in Sacramento, where in a grand twist of irony, AB 2145 put CCA on the legislative map.

Huge thanks go out to the Statewide Coalition, Californians for Energy Choice, which sponsored the www.no2145.org campaign and fought the bill all the way to its demise.  And thanks to CREDO, Marin Clean Energy, Sonoma Clean Power and the hundreds of local governments and organizations who signed-on, wrote letters, sent e-mails, and placed phone calls along the way.  The grassroots effort was nothing short of inspiring. Thank you one and all!

 

But We Must Remain Vigilant…

While we can now take a breath and return to the business of expanding CCA around the State (and country), it’s reasonable to assume the utilities and their unions aren’t going away quietly. In addition, there are aspects of CCA that remain troublesome– most notably the cost recovery surcharge/PCIA fees and ongoing utility cost shifting. We will be strategizing in the coming weeks about the 2015 legislative session and what it may bring, including the potential to go on the offensive and sponsor our own bill. We will certainly keep you posted as this and other strategies are developed.

Next Steps 

In addition to preparing for the 2015 legislative session, there is much to do on the electrical union/labor front.  CCA is too often painted as anti-labor without any facts to support that claim.  LEAN plans to sponsor a University of CA authored CCA Labor & Economic Impact Study that takes a deeper look into the issue.  In addition, we will support any effort that creates a set of “guiding principles” regarding the use of union labor and project labor agreements.  We will not, however, support legislative mandates or regulatory reqirements that make CCA operations more onerous or make it harder to compete in the California energy market.
In addition, there are a slew of regional CCA workshops upcoming in Northern California including the Business for Clean Energy workshop onOctober 23.  Discussions are also underway for a statewide CCA conference in early 2015, so stay tuned and let us know if you want to co-sponsor or be part of the planning commitee.
How Can You Help? 
There are several ways you can stay engaged and be part of the solution:
1) Share this email with other interested folks and encourage them to join our news list at www.LEANenergyus.org
2) Complete a brief education survey and let us know if you want to host a workshop or CCA study session in your community by CLICKING HERE
3) Consider a supporting membership in LEAN Energy to further our CCA efforts and,
4) Consider sponsorship of the CCA Labor & Economic Impact Study, the 2015 Statewide CCA conference, and/or a CCA educational webinar series.
THANK YOU so much for your support and participation. We look forward to working in partnership to advance Community Choice Energy for all Californians.
Shawn Marshall
Executive Director, LEAN Energy US415-786-9118 (cell)/415-888-8007 (office)

shawnmarshall@leanenergyus.org

LEAN Energy US is committed to the accelerated expansion and competitive success of clean energy CCA nationwide. As a member organization, LEAN (Local Energy Aggregation Network) serves a national network of community leaders, local governments, consumers, advocacy organizations, power suppliers and developers working toward the protection and establishment of CCAs in their States and cities. To learn more, please visit us atwww.LEANenergyus.org.

AB 2145 DEAD

 

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Assembly Bill 2145, the proposed law aimed at crushing Community Choice Energy programs in California, is officially dead. When Senator Steinberg brought down the gavel this morning at 3:00 a.m. with no vote from legislators for AB 2145, the bill died. The bill’s author, Assemblyman Steven Bradford, was unable to find a colleague to manage his bill on the senate side.
 
The victory over extremely powerful corporate forces in Sacramento resulted from the uprising of governments, businesses, and clean energy advocates from San Diego to Del Norte County. A statewide coalition, Californians for Energy Choice, fought the bill to the bitter end.
 
Community Choice energy is the most powerful tool to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the local level. Large utilities have repeatedly tried to stop it. Pacific Gas & Electric spent nearly $50 million in 2010 pushing Proposition 16 that would have ended Community Choice in California. Voters roundly defeated this statewide ballot measure.
 
The Climate Protection Campaign played a central role in raising awareness and educating the public about the perils of AB 2145, which originally would have turned Community Choice law on its head and made the large corporate utilities the default service providers in the State.
 
“Regarding Community Choice, you know you are on to something good when the corporate utilities spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to stop it, said Ann Hancock, Executive Director of the Climate Protection Campaign. She added, “We recognized immediately the serious threat that AB 2145 posed, so we acted, and it has paid off. We are now very eager to continue helping to develop clean energy Community Choice programs across the State.”
 
More information: www.no2145.org andwww.climateprotection.org
Contact: Woody Hastings, 310-968-2757,woody@climateprotection.org
Ann Hancock, 415-298-1224ann@climateprotection.org