May 25, 2012
SB 1165 (Wright) - Schools and CPUC Intervenor Compensation Program
Despite all our great effort, and all of the narrowing amendments that should have moved the bill forward, SB 1165 (Wright) was held in Appropriations yesterday.
I want to thank you all for your support on the bill. I think we did a great job of presenting the case for the bill and for the vital information on rate cases that should be heard by the CPUC from schools. This was evident by the strong vote we had coming out of the Senate Energy Committee - a bipartisan10-1.
My instinct tells me that it was not about the dollar amount or staff time. I believe it was a deeper concern about that slippery slope regarding public entities being reimbursed by another public agency and very strong opposition from utilities behind the scenes. We may hear more in the days to come.
At any rate - schools and energy issues are on the map - and we will continue to work hard to move more opportunities for schools in this area.
So in that spirit, I am forwarding the following bills that I am hoping to build a coalition of support around.
Hot bills for SEC:
SB 1186 (Skinner) - Schools would receive a dedicated portion of Cap and Trade Proceeds
SB 843 (Wolk) - Off-site solar projects
SB 594 (Wolk) - Allows aggregation of electricity meters under the net energy metering (NEM) program
SB 1537 (Kehoe) - Establishes a one-year moratorium on rate increases to NEM customers
- AB 2249 (Buchanan) - Expands funding for solar thermal pool heaters to public entities such as schools
We still have plenty of work to do this session. Please do not hesitate to call me about this list or any other bills that we may want to include in our “hot” bills list.
Thanks again for all of your support. Your thoughts and comments are welcomed.
School Energy Coalition