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How TURN Leads on Climate Policy in California. NASUCA Panel: Consumer Advocates as Climate Policy Leaders 2014 NASUCA Midyear Meeting • Santa Fe, NM • Jun 3, 2014 Mark W. Toney, Ph.D., TURN Executive Director mtoney@turn.org • 510 590 2862. TURN Organizational Snapshot.

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How TURN Leads onClimate Policy in California

NASUCA Panel: Consumer Advocates as Climate Policy Leaders

2014 NASUCA Midyear Meeting • Santa Fe, NM • Jun 3, 2014

Mark W. Toney, Ph.D., TURN Executive Director

mtoney@turn.org • 510 590 2862


TURN Organizational Snapshot

  • Small, experienced staff of 9 energy & telecom attorneys

    • Total staff of 15. Supplemented with expert consultants.

    • Legal advocacy, legislative action, organizing, communications.

  • Partnerships with wide range of policy advocates

    • Consumer, environmental, labor, community, faith–based.

    • Strategic partnership with Office of Ratepayer Advocates.


Policy Leadership Means to:

  • Drive energy policy debates and outcomes.

    • Beyond responding to utility rate applications.

  • Lead at the cutting edge of energy policy: Climate Policy

    • Beyond revenue requirements, rate design, consumer protection.

  • Create consumer positions: Distinct from utility/renewables.

    • Win support from broad range of interested parties.


Most Green for the Least Green

  • How to get greatest carbon reduction at best value?

    • Reducing energy consumption is cheapest way to reduce GHG.

    • Exercising leadership in Energy Efficiency policy.

  • How to generate renewable energy at affordable prices?

    • Sun and wind as cheap fuel, vs volatility of gas prices.

    • Most renewable cost is upfront capital, negligible fuel costs.

  • How to expand utility/renewables corporate accountability?

    –Fair rooftop subsidies without cost shifts to non-solar customers.


RPS: Legislative Leadership

  • TURN was a leader in adoption of RPS in 2002, 2006, 2011

    • Developed concept, drafted language, partnered with bill authors.

  • Won key ratepayer protections to 33% renewables by 2020

    • Market Price Referent to provide pricing benchmarks.

    • Deferred utility compliance penalties if renewables were too costly.

    • Consumers pay only for power delivered–not for signed contracts.

    • Imposed 25% cap for compliance with undeliverable RECs.

  • Won support of utilities, renewables, enviros, generators

    • Effective negotiations = bilateral discussions, not one big room.


Climate Dividend: Regulatory Leadership

  • How to return ratepayer money collected for carbon permits

    • Utilities: Link customer rebates to energy consumption.

    • Higher monthly bills = higher dollar rebates.

  • TURN/ORA partnered with environmental advocates

    • CPUC ruling: Residential customer rebate of $30–$40 twice yearly.

    • Lower monthly bills = higher impact of rebates.


Green Option: Utility Leadership

  • PG&E application to market green energy at a premium

    • Relied primarily on purchasing undeliverable RECs.

    • TURN has defeated similar PG&E Green Option proposal.

  • We proposed profound changes to gain TURN support

    • Revised application to focus on creating new local green generation.

    • Revised PG&E Green Option tarriff adopted by CPUC.

    • SCE is working with TURN to submit their green tarriff to CPUC.


Climate Leadership for Consumer Advocates

  • Exercise leadership in multiple arenas

    • Legislative, regulatory, utility.

  • Build strategic partnerships

    • Environmental • Labor • Community.

  • Position consumer interests as unique and distinct

    • Create alternatives to utility and renewable industry positions.


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