Press release: California Energy Commission unveils its latest vision of the state’s energy future

The 2012 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update, strongly reflecting Clean Coalition recommendations, embraces significant growth of distributed renewable energy.

Craig Lewis

February 20, 2013

NEWS RELEASE: California Energy Commission unveils its latest vision of the state’s energy future

The 2012 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update, strongly reflecting Clean Coalition recommendations, embraces significant growth of distributed renewable energy

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Last week, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved its 2012 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update, which reflects the most advanced thinking on California’s energy future.

The Clean Coalition is pleased to see that its work providing decision makers with information, analysis, and proven solutions has been influential in the 2012 IEPR Update.  Over the past year, the Clean Coalition invested significant time to ensure that the CEC’s most important policy document steers the state towards a cleaner, more affordable, and more reliable energy system.

A number of key policy recommendations initiated or strongly supported by the Clean Coalition are reflected in the 2012 IEPR update, including:

  1. The need for a transparent and comprehensive distribution system planning process to strategically advance renewable distributed generation (DG) throughout the state
  2. Recognition of the locational value provided by DG to consumers, including reduced dependence on the expensive and inefficient long-distance transmission of power
  3. The development of longer-term energy planning, which will cost-effectively guide the state’s energy transition to meet its 2050 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels
  4. The need to start using advanced analysis and modeling tools for efficient interconnection of renewable generation and energy storage

“The IEPR process is the best forum to identify the critical, paradigm-shifting policy changes California needs to reach the state’s renewable energy and GHG goals,” said Ted Ko, Associate Executive Director of the Clean Coalition.  “The inclusion of many of the Clean Coalition’s longstanding recommendations validates our work on bridging policy silos to advance integrated, leading edge solutions.”

The CEC adopts an IEPR every two years and an update every other year.  The 2012 IEPR Update is available for download here.

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Contact:
John Bernhardt
john@clean-coalition.org
(703) 963-8750

About the Clean Coalition

The Clean Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the transition to local energy systems through innovative policies and programs that deliver cost-effective renewable energy, strengthen local economies, foster environmental sustainability, and enhance energy security.  For further information on the Clean Coalition, please visit www.Clean-Coalition.org.

Craig Lewis

Founder and Executive Director

Craig has over 20 years of experience in the renewables, wireless, semiconductor, and banking industries. Previously VP of Government Relations at GreenVolts, he was the first to successfully navigate a solar project through California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard solicitation process. Craig was also the energy policy lead on Steve Westly’s 2006 California gubernatorial campaign, and his resume includes senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at leading wireless, semiconductor, and banking companies such as Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Barclays Bank.