The BDC is committed to supporting important thought leadership, best practice sharing, and education related to the CPUC Long-Term Gas System Planning Proceeding, and a strategic, affordable, and equitable transition away from gas end use. You can find below BDC’s own though leadership, important resources from partners, and recording from a Webinar Series the BDC hosted on gas transition issues.
Research, Resources, and Recommendations for California Gas Transition
- Recommendations for Gas Transition Regulatory Proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission – Velez, Kiki, The Building Decarbonization Coalition, January 2021
- The Flipside Report: A White Paper on Targeted Geographic Electrification in California’s Gas Transition – The Building Decarbonization Coalition, Common Spark Consulting, July 2021
- A Methodology for Geographically-Targeted Building Electrification for Environmental and Social Justice Communities in California – Hens, Isabelle and Lamon, Emily, The Building Decarbonization Coalition, May 2021
Partner Research and Resources
- Long-Term Gas Planning Rulemaking – California Public Utilities Commission
- Order Instituting Rulemaking – California Public Utilities Commission
- Diablo Canyon: A Just Transition for Workers and the Environment – UC Berkeley Labor Center, Nov 30, 2018
- Managing the Transition Proactive Solutions for Stranded Gas Asset Risk in California – Environmental Defense Fund, March 2019
- California’s Gas System in Transition – GridWorks, Aug 2019
- Equitable Building Electrification – Greenlining Institute, Sept 2019
- California Building Decarbonization Workforce Needs and Recommendations – UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and Inclusive Economics, Nov 2019
- The Challenge of Retail Gas in California’s Low-Carbon Future – California Energy Commission, Energy and Environmental Economics, April 2020
- Aligning Gas Regulation and Climate Goals – Environmental Defense Fund, January 2021
- Gas Resource and Infrastructure Planning for California: A Proposed Approach to Long-Term Gas Planning – GridWorks, January 2021
BDC Gas Transition Webinar Series and Recordings
Supporting Gas Workers in a Just Decarbonized Future
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Transitioning away from gas use should not threaten jobs or the livelihoods of gas industry workers but should include comprehensive efforts to bolster the value and sustainability of new jobs in the decarbonized economy. Labor expert and attorney Rachael Koss will discuss how workers can be trained for even better jobs in the energy industry of the future.
Managing Ratepayers Impacts from Stranded Costs and Other Electrification Efforts
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Changing California’s energy system will come with costs. The allocation of those costs will be critical to ensure ratepayers impacts are fair and equitable. Protecting ratepayers will be a top priority in any discussion about the future of California’s gas system. Ratepayer advocacy group The Utility Reform Network will discuss how ratepayer protections can be included in any conversation about the state’s energy resources.
How to Achieve an Equitable Gas Transition
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Our energy system’s benefits and burdens have historically landed unequally on different communities. This has resulted in a legacy of inequalities from how programs and policies are implemented and the burden energy costs place on household budgets. Mad Stano of The Greenlining Institute will discuss the range of impacts on communities, and how considerations of equity and distribution should be applied to this proceeding so that no group is left paying for the remaining pipeline.
- Greenlining Institute Blog – California Gas Transition.
- Greenlining, California Environmental Justice Alliance, Sierra Club joint comments – 08/2020 – Gas Planning Proceeding.
- Greenlining, California Environmental Justice Alliance joint comments – 09/02/2020 – Gas Planning Proceeding.
- Greenlining, California Environmental Justice Alliance joint comments – 09/17/2020 – Gas Planning Proceeding.
What California Can Learn From Other States About Long-Term Gas Planning
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
California is a trailblazer in decarbonization efforts but it can also learn from New York, Massachusetts and other states who have also begun planning for long-term gas transformation. Hear from Mark Kresowik of the Sierra Club, Alice Napoleon of Synapse, and Edward Yim of the District of Columbia Department of Energy and the Environment about northeastern states embarking on similar efforts.
The Utility Perspective on California’s Gas and Electrification Evolution
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
This panel will share the utility perspective to the gas planning proceeding and the infrastructure, economic and legal factors utilities must balance when considering the future of the gas pipeline infrastructure. The panelists are Hannah Kaye, Policy Product Manager in Regulatory Relations and Strategy Formulation at Pacific Gas & Electric, and Erica Bowman, Director of Resource & Environmental Planning and Strategy at Southern California Edison.
The Role of Resource Planning in the CPUC’s Long-Term Gas Proceeding
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Katie Wu of Gridworks and Michael Colvin of the Environmental Defense Fund will discuss how the CPUC conducts long-term resource planning through Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) and other regulatory tools. While the long-term gas planning proceeding isn’t specifically an IRP proceeding, it will affect the creation and execution of gas resource planning for years to come.
What We Must Do Today to Achieve a Decarbonized Future
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Energy and Environmental Economics (E3) Managing Consultant Dan Aas and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Senior Scientist Merrian Borgeson discussed the outlook for California’s natural gas system and electrification effort in the medium term (3-5 years) and the long term (10-15 years), and the role the current proceeding will play in achieving that outlook. The CPUC and California Energy Commission bases its planning decisions in part on the projections produced by E3 and they presented on the extensive work they have done on the gas network and electrification over the past decade.
The Challenge of Retail Gas in California’s Low Carbon Future
Shaping the Future of Gas in a Decarbonized California
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
This webinar launched the series with an overview of the Proceeding, it’s significance in the context of state policy, and key topic areas that it will cover. Hear about the importance of this proceeding in light of state climate goals from CPUC Energy Division Deputy Director Simon Baker and Supervisor Jean Spencer, and learn what the CPUC staff needs from stakeholders to inform CPUC research; proposals; and; ultimately, decisions.