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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 [email protected] • 510 590 2862. TURN Organizational Snapshot.

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how turn leads on climate policy in california
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

[email protected] • 510 590 2862

turn organizational snapshot
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.