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CPUC To Hold En Banc Feb. 1 on Community Choice Aggregation: CPUC Information Alert

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We are holding a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) En Banc as follows:

WHEN: February 1, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

WHERE: CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco; also available via webcast in real time and archived thereafter atwww.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc; or listen-only call-in number 877-672-5844, passcode 5951128  

WHY: CCAs are local governmental entities authorized by statute to procure electricity on behalf of their customers, delivered via the investor-owned utility transmission and distribution system.  CCAs have been expanding and are expected to continue to expand.  This creates regulatory questions including: What entities will be responsible for electricity procurement, contracting, and reliability in the future?  Are there likely to be stranded utility assets?  How will CCA expansion impact regulatory oversight of environmental and public purpose programs?  The En Banc hearing will assemble a diverse panel of experts to consider these and related issues.  

You’ll find the agenda and a background paper on our website under “CCA Information”.

Seeking Speakers for “The Future: The Utility Landscape in 10 Years”

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Our Thought Leaders Speaker Series will dedicate three sessions in 2017 to: “The Future: The Utility Landscape in 10 Years”.

The series will explore the future of utilities in California. It is intended to discuss what is ahead for the energy, water, and transportation sectors in the next 10 years; how the landscape may change; and implications for both regulators and regulated entities, including how the regulated and regulator need to innovate to meet the needs of the future.

We are soliciting potential speakers and moderators for this three part series. Each session will be moderated by an external subject matter expert, and will feature a four-panel member of experts (a utility executive, an academic, a consumer advocate, and the CPUC industry Division Director for the specified industry). To be considered as a moderator or a panel speaker, please contact Michael Colvin at Michael.Colvin@cpuc.ca.gov or Mikhail Haramati at Mikhail.Haramati@cpuc.ca.gov.

Each speaker panel will include a discussion of:

●    Strategies for aging infrastructure – do we replace existing infrastructure with like kind or do we make alternative investments to align with new/emerging priorities
●    Changes in utility operations with anticipated population growth/other demographic shifts
●    Evolving regulatory needs
●    Projection of likely policy issues in 2027

 The dates and details of the sessions are as follows:

●    Energy (March 23, 2017, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.):  A panel focused on balancing load growth with new supply, and the trade-offs between investments in generation services and grid services with the utility’s overall safety obligations .  The panel will include a discussion of projections for energy supply, grid infrastructure and operations, and customer demand in 2027.

●    Water (April 27, 2017, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.): A panel focused on the water issues of interest likely to be in discussion 10 years from now. Topics include groundwater monitoring and pumping, rights to recycled wastewater, pricing of water, data collaboration and sharing, and building of additional supply.
●    Transportation (May 25, 2017, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.):  A panel focused on the climate implications of the growth of alternative fueled vehicles as customers switch away from conventional carbon intensive fuels to carbon optimized fuels (such as electricity and biogas) in the public transportation sector.

Our Thought Leaders Speaker Series is designed to stimulate thought and discussion of some of the most pressing challenges facing California utility regulators and the private sector industries impacted by state policies. Leading experts from around the world take center stage to offer their expertise and vision in areas such as communications, energy, water, transportation, the environment, green jobs, and more

Please mark your calendars for these informative events!

Seeking Speakers For Energy Impacts of Cannabis Cultivation Workshop

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We are seeking speakers for our Energy Impacts of Cannabis Cultivation Workshop, which will examine the increase in electricity demand that may be expected from increased cannabis cultivation in California.  

The workshop is set for February 28, 2017, from 1 p.m.-5:15 p.m. in our Auditorium at 505 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco.

Cannabis is an energy intensive crop when grown indoors.  According to a 2012 study, conducted when medical cannabis was legal in California but recreational cannabis was still prohibited, indoor cannabis cultivation is responsible for about 3 percent of California’s electricity consumption, which is equivalent to the electricity consumption of 1 million California homes.

On November 9, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use of cannabis by adults.  Given the electricity use attributable to cannabis cultivation noted above, an increase in cannabis cultivation may be a significant driver of electricity consumption in California.

Other states have experienced an increase in electricity demand after legalizing recreational cannabis.  For example, half of load growth in Colorado is now attributable to new cannabis cultivation.  This workshop is designed to explore the opportunities for ensuring that expected load growth associated with cannabis cultivation in California is consistent with California’s clean energy goals.

After the workshop, CPUC staff will issue a report summarizing the workshop and making recommendations for the CPUC’s consideration.  

We are soliciting stakeholders to participate on the panels. Any stakeholder interested in participating should contact April Mulqueen (april.mulqueen@cpuc.ca.gov) and Rebecca Lee (rebecca.lee@cpuc.ca.gov).    

See the agenda for the workshop on our website.












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