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May 21, 2021 | Legal Document

Sierra Club Appeal of Presiding Officer's Decision Ordering Remedies for Southern California Gas Company's Activities that Misaligned with Commission Intent for Codes and Standards Advocacy

Southern California Gas Company (“SoCalGas”) used ratepayer money to finance a long-running campaign to undermine efficiency standards at all levels of government, particularly when the Company determined that stronger efficiency standards could threaten its business interests by making gas appliances less competitive against electric options. Yet despite the Presiding Officer’s Decision finding that SoCalGas’ actions were “improper” and “result[ed] in appreciable harm to the regulatory process,” the Decision fails to impose meaningful consequences. By not assessing penalties for SoCalGas’ blatant, well-documented violations and only requiring a return of shareholder incentives and a portion of misspent funds, the Presiding Officer’s Decision commits legal error. The Presiding Officer’s Decision is an abdication of the Commission’s responsibility to deter future misconduct and duty to impose penalties for violations of Commission requirements.

May 14, 2021 | Letter

USDA: Comments in response to Notice of Request for Public Comment on the Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, 86 Fed. Reg. 14403 (Mar. 16, 2021), Docket No. USDA–2021–0003

Agriculture must be part of any solution to the climate crisis. Agriculture is vulnerable to the more extreme and variable weather that climate change is bringing and at the same time contributes substantial quantities of greenhouse gases (GHG) – equivalent to approximately a third of U.S. total GHG emissions when properly calculated to include all climate change impacts related to agriculture.

May 12, 2021 | In the News: Utility Dive

HECO appeals PUC decision on Kapolei battery project, warns of 'chilling message' to developers

Kylie Wager Cruz, Attorney, Mid-Pacific Office, Earthjustice: "HECO should take responsibility for the crisis it's caused and focus on ensuring [the project] realizes its full potential to maximize renewable energy on the grid and minimize Hawai'i's dependence on fossil fuels. Instead, HECO's threatening to pull the plug on the project, put all the risk on ratepayers and the grid, and make us pay for all of it either way."

May 10, 2021 | In the News: E&E News

Calif. aims to cut gas use in homes, stops short of ban

Matt Vespa, Attorney, Clean Energy Program, Earthjustice: "We're in a climate crisis. We have to stop building gas infrastructure. Climate leadership isn't about incrementalism anymore. We need bold aggressive action to get off fossil fuels and this was a missed opportunity."