• 09.15.16

    As California Burns, Costs Trump Safety

    Wildfires in the West, and particularly in California, have been a recurring story as the severe drought has made the area even more susceptible to major fire events. Most recently the Blue Cut fire in Southern California forced the evacuation of 80,000 people, destroyed over 100 homes as well as ...

  • 05.02.16

    The Quiet Evolution of Energy Regulation

    Changes, spurred in part by new market participants, will affect the industry and customersPublic attention to the energy industry over the past decade and more has focused on four issues: (1) the movement from fossil fuels to more emissions-friendly energy sources, (2) the increased availability ...

  • 10.19.15

    Thoughts on Calif. Drought and Its Impact on Energy

    California's drought is now in its fourth year, and state leaders are faced with making unprecedented decisions further restricting current water use and changing the way water is used in the future. The actions of regulators and government will determine whether this is just another bad ...

  • 09.17.15

    Implications of the California Drought on Energy Use and Climate Concerns

    California's drought is now in its fourth year, and state leaders are faced with making unprecedented decisions further restricting water use. The brown lawns and dying trees are all too obvious and painful examples of the drought's impact. However, somewhat lost in the public discussion, but ...

  • 03.24.14

    Can Use of Administrative Procedures Expedite Complex State Court Civil Litigation?

    A partner of ours is fond of saying, "Litigation is the blood sport of the wealthy." As California state trial courts are increasingly absorbed with criminal matters, complex civil litigation is increasingly delayed, due, in part, to the length of time complex trials consume as well as ...

  • 11.12.13

    Planning California's Clean Electric Power Future

    Over the next several years, California's power system will undergo major changes. As renewable portfolio standards (RPS) increase, larger quantities of renewable generation resources will be required. Simultaneously, the unplanned retirement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station ...

  • 04.23.12

    What Is Really Causing Renewable Project Failures in California?

    It is clear that the development of renewable and clean energy projects in California and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions has been successful, but has also been impeded by a variety of causes. With the required percentage of renewable resources being increased to 33% in the future, a ...

  • 04.23.12

    Murphy's Law and Renewable Energy Projects: If It Can Go Wrong, It Probably Will

    This spring California officially increased its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) mandate from 20 percent to 33 percent by 2020. This new goal places California among the most aggressive of the 36 states that have established some kind of renewable energy mandate. Renewable project developers ...

  • 04.20.12

    What's Next for the Renewable Power Industry

    The current success of renewable (solar, wind, biomass, etc.) and clean electric power generation projects and technologies has been in large part due to public approval and governmental support. This support has come in a variety of forms that mandate use and subsidize cost: renewable fuels ...

  • 06.02.11

    A Debate Over Large or Small Projects Rages

    An ongoing debate exists among those with the power to decide matters about how to reduce greenhouse gases in order to reduce or eliminate global climate change.As utilities struggle to meet their new renewable portfolio standard (RPS) goals--and indeed many appear set to fail--a particular debate ...