{Vintage 1996} Calif Electric Utility Restructuring

VINTAGE R|CAT, circa 1996
Part of restarting my environmental and energy management consulting practice has involved sifting and sorting through archived files – electronic and paper – reliving project memories, and deciding what to retain and what to recycle. This is part of refreshing R|CAT.

heading_title_v10This post is the start of my sharing scoping comments I submitted to the regulatory agency, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), in 1996. I submitted comments optimistically believing I would receive responses to each of my questions. I did not. While in retrospect, I may have been naive, as I review my comments, I am glad to have a record of my 1996 perspectives – many of which are still relevant in today’s on-going environmental and energy discussions, debates, emerging issues, and regulatory and policy framework.

Blue Book.  If you were directly or even indirectly serving the energy sector in California in 1994, then you know this reference. Remember the California Electric Utility Industry Restructuring pursuits? Remember September 1996 and AB 1890?

I do. I do VERY MUCH.


South Bay Power Plant, Chula Vista, CA – Image from the San Diego Reader

I quit an IOU in 1994. Restructuring pursuits served as my inspiration to quit my utility job and hone in on what I could do as part of the future of restructuring. The CPUC issued the Blue Book in April 1994. I was still working for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). I worked in the Environmental Department, as part of the corporate air quality team. On November 15, 1994, I quit my job to figure out “What’s next?” In 1996, AB 1890 legislation passed.

(TRIVIA: What is the relevance of the date November 15?*)

AB 1890. The Electric Utility Industry Restructuring Act (Assembly Bill 1890), became law in 1996. Here is an NREL report over here that includes a summary of California’s restructruring. Prior to passage of AB 1890, the CPUC held several scoping meetings throughout California to receive public comments.

RCAT_CPUC Cvr LtrScoping Comments for AB 1890

I submitted comments. I did not receive responses to them. If responses were published, I was not sent the follow-up information. Nevertheless, I submitted comments. The template format I used for providing comments on select topics included four sections –

  • Current scenario
  • Possible future scenario
  • Questions
  • Alternative

The five select topics on which I commented were –

A – Renewables in the Resource Mix

B – Power generation sources in compliance to contribute to attainment efforts

C – Power supply from transmission line or generation siting and FERC’s Order 888/889

D – Emission Valuation Offsets, Reductions, Allowances, Externalities, Caps

E – Air quality and energy management policies

Subsequent blog posts will include excerpts of the scoping comments I provided, as well as perspectives about the current regulatory and policy landscape.

The anniversary of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.


{Year 2000} CO2 Reduction Plan

VINTAGE R|CAT, circa 2000
Part of restarting my environmental and energy management consulting practice has involved sifting and sorting through archived files – electronic and paper – reliving project memories, and deciding what to retain and what to recycle. This is part of refreshing R|CAT.

CO2 Reduction Task Force

chula vistaReducing CO2 is one of the strategies for minimizing climate change impacts and reducing global warming impacts.

VRCAT_CV CO2 Reduction PlanIn 2000, I was a member of the the City of Chula Vista’s CO2 Reduction Task Force, who prepared the City’s original CO2 Reduction Plan in November 2000.  As with most task forces that are formed, we represented a variety of perspectives, expertise, and industries; we volunteered our time.

Curious, I checked Chula Vista’s website to see what additional climate change related activities they are currently engaged.

No surprise. As expected, given Chula Vista’s culture, I see from visiting the City’s page that they continue to have a Climate Change Work Group.


Good memories. Nice to know that the Task Force efforts contributed as part of the City’s foundation for its climate change efforts.

Speaker – Presenting at EUEC on NO2/NOx In-Stack Ratio

Thank you to EUEC @EUEConference for the opportunity to be part of your 2015 conference in San Diego. I am looking forward to sharing and exchanging information, as well as reconnecting with many of my colleagues as I refresh R|CAT.


EUEC website over here

This post includes my abstract submittal, along with general information about the conference.

Want to talk about my presentation before, during, and/or after? Feel free to contact me.

EUEC 2015_Abstract_At the Intersection of NAAQS Modeling

My presentation is on Wednesday, February 18, in a morning session. I will be among four other speakers during the 2-hour session and the last to present among our panel.

EUEC Track A7

About the Conference

EUEC is, indeed, the energy, utility, and environmental conference to attend. (Conference information can be found on EUEC’s website over here.)

banner_speakers tracks

With the conference located in San Diego, California, having lived there, I can say that the weather typically is mild in February.

San Diego cityscape

There are so many choices of presentations to attend with ten subject matter tracks and three days of presentations, exhibits, and networking events.


As mentioned, I look forward to meeting with colleagues whom I have seen for nearly five to ten years. But for now, I am finishing up my presentation.