The Latest On: Clean Energy
An opinion piece by by Nina Robertson (clean energy attorney at Earthjustice), Katherine Ramsey (clean energy attorney at Sierra Club), and Shana Lazerow (legal director at Communities for a Better Environment and representing the California Environmental Justice Alliance).
Matt Vespa, Attorney, Clean Energy Program, Earthjustice: "The fundamentals are that the potential of both renewable natural gas and hydrogen pipeline injection are extremely limited and California will only meet its climate objectives through widespread electrification of gas end uses like space and water heating. Until SoCalGas stops obstructing progress on reducing reliance on fossil fuels though electrification, its climate pledges ring hollow."
Bradley Marshall, Attorney, Florida Office, Earthjustice: "Cities have been at the forefront in recognizing the threat of climate change and promoting the transition to renewable clean energy, and basically this is putting up a big stop sign and saying, 'no,' they are not allowed to take action to move the state forward and serve their own constituents,"
California summer reliability rules driving utility fossil fuel plans, groups say in challenging CPUC
Nina Robertson, Attorney, Earthjustice: "The commission is digging us deeper into a hole by making us more dependent on fossil fuels … and it's doing so on the backs of communities that have been bearing the brunt of the pollution for far too long already."
Hawaiian Electric defends role in renewable energy project delays, as fossil fuel plants approach retirement
Kylie Wager Cruz, Attorney, Mid-Pacific Office, Earthjustice: "We've seen in the past when there's been an unanticipated shortfall, that we've had to resort to other types of utility-scale fossil-based extensions or additions — and so I think the commission is really focused on not letting that happen."
Bradley Marshall, Attorney, Florida Regional Office, Earthjustice: “If the Legislature repealed the net metering requirement, you would see many utilities push for a policy similar to JEA’s, and as a result I think you would see solar installations by customers really plummet as you’re seeing in Jacksonville.”