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Update: The CPUC will meet again to consider residential rate proposals on Friday, July 3rd, and members of the public can give comment. (Please note that while you can continue to submit comments through email, those who offered comments at the June 25th meeting will not be able to speak at the July 3rd meeting.)
The California Public Utilities Commission(CPUC) is considering a proposal to adopt a residential rate structure backed by utilities that would undermine solar and energy efficiency. The proposal would allow utilities to implement a fixed charge of up to $10 per month, reducing the incentive to save energy or install solar.
Commissioner Peter Florio has made an alternative proposal that would maintain the general form of the existing tiered rate structure and implement a minimum bill, instead of a fixed charge, to allow utilities to recover costs associated with maintaining the grid, without penalizing conservation.
What You Can Do
Submit written comments to the CPUC-with the Sierra Club action alert or through email(mention Rulemaking 12-06-013) to email@example.com.
The proposal to add a $10 fixed charge and collapse tiers would have the impact of discouraging rooftop solar and energy efficiency measures.
The proposal is regressive and hurts low energy users and families that have invested in climate solutions like energy efficiency.
On the Sierra Club blog, Alison Seel gives an informative run-down of Florio's proposal.
Attend the Meeting on Fri, 7/3
Speak up in favor of Florio's alternate proposal if you can. You can sign up here in advance to speak at the meeting, or sign up the day of.test
SB350, a key piece of the Governor's climate agenda, has an important hearing before the Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee on July 6th. SB350 sets three targets for 2030 that will cut greenhouse gas emissions: sourcing 50% of the state's electricity from renewables by that date, significantly increasing building energy efficiency, and reducing petroleum use by 50%. You can support the bill by attending the hearing in Sacramento, and/or calling committee members before the hearing!
Before the hearing, it's important that the Committee members hear from us in support of SB350. See below for talking points on SB350, and the names and Sacramento office contact info of Democratic Committee members. (Image courtesy California State Senate)
- The goals in SB 350 are achievable.
- California can and should do even more.
- Executing the targets in SB350 (or even higher ones) will bring more jobs and economic development to California than continuing to rely on fossil fuels.
- Implementing the measures in SB 350 can produce a number of health co-benefits for California’s population from cleaner air, more energy efficiency for low-income households, and cleaner energy sources.
Democratic Committee Members
(Phone calls to members help even if you don't live in their district, but are particularly impactful for Bay Area legislators, highlighted here.)
Assemblymember Susan Bonilla(Concord, Pittsburg) (916 319-2014)
Assemblymember Bill Quirk(Hayward, Union City) (916 319-2020)
Assemblymember Phil Ting(San Francisco) ((916 319-2019)
Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, Chair (North of Long Beach Area) (916 319-2063)
Assemblymember Autumn Burke(Inglewood) (916 319-2062)
Assemblymember Susan Eggman(Stockton) (916 319-2013)
Assemblymember Christina Garcia (Cerritos, Downey) (916 319-2058)
Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (Covina, Baldwin Park) (916 319-2048)
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (Los Angeles) (916 319-2053)
Assemblymember Das Williams (Santa Barbara, Ventura) (916 319-2037)
We are working with colleges, universities, public pension funds, cities, counties, and faith-based organizations. We ask that they immediately freeze any new investment in fossil-fuel companies and divest completely within five years.
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Please join us for updates. discussion, and networking. We will meet again at the 350.org office, 1729 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (near 19th St. BART). Please RSVP if you are planning to come, so we can know how many people to expect. Newcomers are welcome!
Our agenda this time will include updates about all our campaigns, but will focus on next steps for passing SB 185, the coal divestment bill.
This July is the second annual Stop Oil Trains Week of Action that commemorates the second anniversary of the tragic Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, oil train catastrophe that killed 47 people. On Saturday, July 11th, communities across California will stand up to stop oil trains - and the action in Richmond will serve as a flagship event for the Bay Area.
Gather at Atchison Village Park at 11am and march to Washington Park for a rally at 12:30pm. Along the way, the march will stop at a few neighborhoods/community spots in the oil train blast zone to highlight community voices and community solutions.
The march will culminate with a mass family-friendly rally at Washington Park, that will include:
- Speakers from Richmond and other East Bay refinery towns
- Art, music, dance
- Stations highlighting community solutions
Come urge board members to take strong action on climate and to adopt refinery rules with greenhouse gas emission reductions. Please still come even if you don't want to speak to support those who do.test
Walk Led by Native American Elders in Prayer Conversation for:
* Clean Air, Water & Soil
* Safe Jobs, Roads, Railroads & Waterways
* A Vibrantly Healthy Future for All Children
* A Just Transition to Safe & Sustainable Energy
Join Idle No More SF Bay and the Bay Area Refinery Corridor Coalition for the fourth of four healing walks along the refinery corridor in the Northeast San Francisco Bay. Our commitment is: four walks, four months, four years, walking in prayer for safe jobs, clean air, water and soil, and the future of life on Mother Earth's belly.
The walks are led by a sacred Native American staff, Native Americans and others in prayer, followed by those in contemplation and conversation.
8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony & Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are several places along the walk where folks can join the walk by calling (510) 619-8279 English - Español e Ingles: (510) 269-7135
The walk will begin at Lone Tree Park in Rodeo, and end at Keller Beach in Point Richmond.
Please check the website for important details: http://www.refineryhealingwalks.com/july-19.html
Facebook page for all of the Healing Walks: heretest
Our power brings together frontline communities and allies to commemorate the Richmond Chevron refinery explosion in 2012 and to showcase strategies that advance an ecologically resilient and economically just transition out of a destructive fossil fuel economy into new economic solutions based on healthy work that serves our communities, heals the planet, and preserves our cultures.test
350 Bay Area is proud to co-sponsor the 2015 Soil Not Oil Campaign's International Conference to advocate for the sustainable and regenerative management of soils while reducing dependency on fossil fuels.
The Soil Not Oil Campaign will promote respect for soils worldwide, highlight the ways that shifting agricultural practices is key to combating climate change and call for integrated action on sustainable agriculture and clean energy to ensure a safe and healthy planet for generations to come.
The 2015 Soil Not Oil International Conference is a cross-sector, inter-ethnic and multilevel gathering that will feature dozens of scientists, elected officials, policy makers, attorneys, farmers, environmentalists, journalists, researchers, community members and agtivists.
The 2015 Soil Not Oil Conference examines the crisis on food security while highlighting the implications of oil based agro-chemicals and fossil fuels in soil depletion and climate change. The first edition of this conference will focus on educating, through national and international experiences, about the multiple problems and possible practical solutions that surround the profound consequences resulting from synthetic enhanced agriculture in industrialized nations.
The Alameda County Planning Commission is holding a second Public Hearing on a proposed fracking ban. They postponed the date once again. The hearing was moved from March 2nd to April 6th, then to May 4th, & now it is scheduled for September 8th. Word is, opposition to the proposed ban is mounting. We need high turnout.
E&B Natural Resources, the only active well operator in Alameda County, has objected to any limitation on its operations despite declaring it has no plans to practice fracking on its current wells in the County. Under the proposal, E&B would not be allowed to drill new wells, though it would continue to possess a valid permit allowing the company to extract oil from its existing wells. Also coming out against the proposed changes were the California Cattlemen’s Association and Californians for Energy Independence.It is important for the public to be there every step of the way.
Please join us to speak during public comment or to support those who are speaking.
See this excellent Sierra Club update on Alameda County fracking ban action to date
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