California PUC Targets Doubling Renewable Energy by 2030

LCG, March 27, 2020--The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday unanimously approved a new emissions target for its electric sector that would double California's clean energy capacity through 2030 and effectively block new natural gas-fired electric generating facilities.

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Tennessee Valley Authority Issues RFP for 200 MW of Renewables

LCG, March 19, 2020--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) on March 13 to develop up to 200 MW of stand-alone renewable energy resources or renewable energy resources configured with battery energy storage systems (BESS). Solar resources must be tracking, and the projects must be commercially operational and providing power by September 29, 2023 or earlier.

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Davis Wants to Know Who's Paying for Ads

LCG, July 23, 2001California Gov. Gray Davis, his skin worn thin by a month of television ads criticizing his handling of the state's electricity crisis, went to court Friday to learn the names of his tormentors.

The commercials, which began airing on June 18, end with the tag line "Grayouts from Gray Davis," which the governor and his legal advisers figure makes them political advertising and not educational. When Davis called the state's independent power producers "the biggest snakes on the planet earth," that was educational.

Under state law, groups that run issue-oriented ads don't have to divulge the names of individual contributors because those ads are considered educational. Advertising that supports or attacks candidates is considered political and the names of those sponsoring the ads are required to be registered with the California secretary of state.

Davis' legal team thinks the ads are an attack on the governor and the sponsors should be named. In a suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court, the governor's political committee alleges that the American Taxpayers Alliance failed to register and is in violation of the state's Political Reform Act.

Garry South, Davis' political adviser, said the views expressed in the ads may be protected by the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, "But you have the responsibility under California law to reveal who is paying for commercials if they fall under the political realm, and these clearly do."

The American Taxpayers Alliance is a Washington, D.C.-based organization run by Scott Reed, a Republican strategist. He has declined to disclose the group's contributors. Davis suspects the contributors include the biggest snakes on the planet earth.

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