Policy Priorities

 

2015 Policy Priorities

 

  • Clean Energy

Promote financing and deployment of clean energy and emerging technologies and engage in efforts to advance AB 32, to the benefit of the tech sector.
    • Actively track and advance positions on state and federal legislation and feature case studies and best practices at Energy and Sustainability Summit.
    • Foster relationships between member companies and key energy policy decision makers through round tables, meetings, signature events and advocacy trips.
    • Feature case studies and best practices at Energy and Sustainability Summit.
    • Promote clean energy, including financing mechanisms, at the state level. 
  • Energy Efficiency

Assist end users with improving energy efficiency and data center efficiency.
    • Partner with California Energy Commission and LBNL on the 8th Annual Data Center Efficiency Summit.
    • Continue to work with PG&E on assisting customers with energy efficiency projects.
    • Continue to advocate for legislation and administrative actions at the state and federal level. 
  • Grid Modernization 

Promote participation and facilitate integration of technologies that support a smarter, reliable grid and enable development of a new energy market structure. 
    • Convene a task force around the transactive distribution grid of the future. 
    • Advocate for integration of renewables and storage into the grid as part of the Distributed Energy Resources proceeding.
    • Promote tools and platforms that provide consumers with more information needed to use less energy.
    • Promote Electric Vehicles and charging infrastructure
  • Energy Research, Development and Deployment (RD & D)

Advocate for state and federal investments in energy research, development and demonstration projects.
    • Actively track and advance positions on state and federal legislation including use of AB 32 cap and trade auction revenue and the Public Goods Charge.
    • Advocate to Congress for investments in ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy.
    • Foster relationships between member companies and key energy policy decision makers through round tables, meetings, signature events and advocacy trips.
    • Participate in California Energy Commission (CEC) development of CEC Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) plan including federal cost share element.
  • Energy Agency Modernization and Reform 

Identify and support long-term changes needed at California public agencies in charge of energy policy-making.
    • Identify issues and advance solutions to facilitate modernization at CPUC.
    • Advocate for legislative changes to support CPUC modernization and reform.
    • Identify critical skills/background/expertise needed by leaders at the state and nominate candidates that meet those criteria to leadership roles at California energy agencies.
  • Grid Reliability 

Promote greater grid resiliency, safety and reliability for both gas and electric systems.
    • Actively track and advance positions on state and federal legislation.
    • Promote policy and rate cases that support grid reliability and safety.

To view the full 2015-2017 work plan for the Energy Committee, please click here.