Advocacy at the California Energy Commission (CEC)

CEERT is actively taking part in the CEC’s Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR), which is focusing on transportation issues and on transmission, the impacts of land-use planning efforts, the use of environmental screens in energy procurement, and renewable energy penetration beyond 33%. The IEPR’s transportation issues range from changing trends in the makeup of California’s crude oil mix to development of an infrastructure plan for the state’s electric-vehicle charging infrastructure.

Recent Developments:

CEERT is following the CEC’s Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) workshops, which have touched on a variety of key issues, including integrating renewables with GHG reductions, ex­panding landscape-level planning to include renewable resource development on disturbed lands, planning new transmission to facilitate long-term GHG reductions and economic development, and finding a role for higher-cost, high-value renewables such as biomethane and geothermal.

We believe the IEPR could be a venue for developing an integrated, interagency infrastructure initiative that emphasizes renewables, efficiency, and demand response as a pathway to GHG reduction targets.