California has been at the forefront of global energy policy since the 1970s. Their reaction to the oil crises and energy insecurity of the early 1970s was to put in place policies to support energy efficiency measures and renewables. The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978 was one of the first countries / US States in the world to legislate to support renewable energy implementation. CA has multiple agencies for analysing, and implementing, different aspects of energy policy. The four most important are: the CEC (the California Energy Commission); the CPUC (the California Public Utilities Commission); CAISO (the Californian Independent System Operator); and CARB (the Californian Air Resources Board).
IGov 16th June 2017 read more »
Subsidizing nuclear is no strategy for long term success. Instead of bringing about a nuclear renaissance as originally hoped, subsidies have tied nuclear investment and innovation to political whims rather than smart business decisions, common sense, and good ideas. Politicians may see it as a badge for a good deed done, but nuclear subsidies also dull the effects of years of bad policy without solving the root problems. While subsidy recipients might skate by on the taxpayer’s dime, the original problems persist under the surface for the future industry to deal with. To help the nuclear industry, politicians must do the hard work of getting to the roots of its problems—eliminating all energy subsidies, eliminating policies and regulations that favor certain energy technologies and resources over others, tackling regulations that put undue expense on commercial nuclear plants for no meaningful health or safety benefits, streamlining decommissioning, and taking nuclear waste management seriously.
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