SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC POWER AUTHORITY
DATE: February 15, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STATEMENT BY SCPPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BILL D. CARNAHAN IN RESPONSE TO CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION PRESIDENT PEEVEY’S INTERIM OPINION ON GREENHOUSE GAS REGULATORY STRATEGIES
SCPPA Executive Director Bill D. Carnahan released the following statement today in response to Draft Interim Opinion issued by CPUC President Michael Peevey on Greenhouse Gas Regulatory Strategies:
“The Interim Opinion released February 8th on greenhouse gas regulatory strategies will make it much more difficult and unjustifiably costly for the ratepayers of the publicly owned utility customers of the SCPPA members to partner with the State to meet our greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for 2020 and beyond for the electric sector.
Improving energy efficiency, integrating renewable generation such as solar and wind, and reducing reliance on coal are all parts of the SCPPA member strategies for the future and we are committed to these long-term environmentally sustainable investments.
AB 32 was intended to protect the environment by curbing global warming for future generations. Transforming our utilities toward a lower carbon profile will involve long-term investments. We will increase our financial commitments to move away from fossil-based resources and we must be given the support from the State of California to use our resources to expand programs and projects that result in emission reductions and actually curb global warming.
We urge all those responsible for implementing AB32, the California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, Governor and State legislators, to develop a greenhouse gas emission reductions program that provides the greatest opportunity for customers of the SCPPA members to maximize their future investments for the benefit of the climate.”
SCPPA members include the cities of Anaheim, Azusa, Banning, Burbank, Cerritos, Colton, Glendale, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Riverside, Vernon and the Imperial Irrigation District.
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