CEERT Accomplishments

In recent years CEERT has:

  • Won support from decision-makers and the public for a strengthened 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard in California by 2020.
  • Coordinated the Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative, which used a combined economic and environmental assessment to identify prime renewable energy zones in California and the West.
  • Secured approval of new transmission lines from the Tehachapi and Imperial Valley regions to bring new wind, solar, and geothermal power to coastal load centers.
  • Helped develop new guidelines by the California Energy Commission and the Department of Fish and Game that will significantly reduce bird deaths and injuries from new wind turbines, thereby mitigating a central obstacle to accelerated wind power development.
  • Helped win Public Utilities Commission approval of the California Solar Initiative, a 10-year, $2.9 billion program that will bring down solar electricity costs for consumers and stimulate 3,000 megawatts of new solar capacity on the state’s rooftops by 2017.
  • With the Environmental Defense Fund, published Clearing California’s Coal Shadow from the American West, which helped derail more than 20 coal-burning projects in the West.
  • Helped the California Air Resources Board (CARB) develop and adopt its Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), the first regulation of its kind in the world and played a critical role in LCFS proceedings by focusing attention on more sustainable biofuels.
  • Put forward strong advocacy in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), which will determine how much Southern California land will be available for solar and wind projects. CEERT coauthored a solar development plan that calls for the DRECP to include 260,000 acres for solar thermal projects in the West Mojave, which has the highest insolation in the U.S.
  • Played a critical role in the negotiations that led to the filing of unprecedented joint environmental and solar industry comments on the Bureau of Land Management’s Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. We helped bridge the sectors’ positions, and negotiated and authored key sections of the comments on opening more public land for solar generation.
  • Urged the California Public Utilities Commission to adopt a fixed-price feed-in tariff that reflects the full value of renewable distributed generation, including the environmental costs of fossil-fired energy that renewables avoid. We organized a coalition that supports our position on a fixed-price FIT.
  • Launched a program to support technologies that capture methane from dairies, feedlots, landfills, food processors, wastewater treatment plants, and oil and gas production operations, and use it to generate clean power through fuel cells, micro¬≠turbines, and reciprocating engines.
  • Served as technical lead for state and national NGOs on criteria emissions standards for CARB’s revised LEV III regulations, which set performance standards for typical passenger vehicles sold in California.
  • Challenged the California Independent System Operator’s needs assessments for local reliability requirements, and its consideration of only gas-fired power for meeting those needs. Our advocacy helped persuade the CPUC Energy Division to explore the use of preferred alternative resources (i.e., efficiency and renewables) for this purpose.