The California Public Utilities Commission's Wildfire Safety Division on July 1 will transfer out of the CPUC to the Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety at the California Natural Resources Agency in Sacramento. The division will become fully independent of the CPUC but will continue its ongoing wildfire mitigation activities throughout the transition, WSD Director Caroline Thomas Jacobs said at a June 17 workshop. WSD representatives will develop a memorandum of understanding between the CPUC and OEIS.

The California Air Resources Board is soliciting applications for members of its AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee for the 2022 Scoping Plan Update. It is specifically asking for applications from environmental justice organizations and community groups, including applicants representing California Native American Tribes; people residing in underrepresented areas within the Bay Area, Inland Empire, Sacramento or San Diego/Border; or people associated with labor groups. CARB appointed seven new members May 20, bringing the committee to a total of 11 members. The committee is tasked with advising CARB on matters associated with the implementation of AB 32. CARB said applications will be reviewed by representatives from that agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the existing EJAC members. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on June 21.

California Resources Corporation said June 14 it appointed Chris Gould as its first executive vice president and chief sustainability officer. CRC, an independent oil and natural gas producer, has operations in California's four major basins. Gould was previously senior vice president of corporate strategy and chief innovation and sustainability officer for Chicago-based Exelon.

Central Coast Community Energy on June 15 issued a request for qualifications for front-of-the-meter storage. It intends to develop front-of-the-meter grid-connected energy storage resources between 1 MW and 5 MW in capacity, which it said will "shift the availability of renewable energy from mid-day to peak demand evening hours" and could also provide backup generation during power outages. The community choice aggregator is seeking interested, qualified energy storage developers to start the planning process. The CCA said it might choose or pre-qualify one or more energy storage developers in the process. More information will be available at a July 13 webinar. Proposals are due before 5 p.m. on Aug. 2.

MCE said June 17 it intends to release a request for offers seeking firms to construct new solar projects in its service area as part of its 2021 Green Access Disadvantaged Community-Green Tariff program and Community Solar Connection program procurement process. The RFO is being designed to fulfill the CCA's various legislative and agency obligations. MCE said it will hold one solicitation per year until each program meets its capacity obligations. The program has several siting and technology constraints. Storage, for example, is not permitted based on the program rules. The offers must also be submitted with a community or municipal partner. MCE is awaiting CPUC approval to launch the effort and will start the solicitation process in the third quarter.

A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge in a tentative ruling June 16 denied a petition brought in February by the Samuel Lawrence Foundation against the California Coastal Commission. SLF, a nonprofit organization focused on community access to arts, education and science, sought to overturn the CCC's October 2019 approval of a coastal development permit that cleared the way for dismantling the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in San Clemente by its operator, Southern California Edison, and SCE's contractors. The foundation in its complaint alleged the commission had abused its discretion by failing to meet its own regulations and provisions of the Coastal Act by not requiring SCE to have a plan for the replacement of faulty containers used to hold spent nuclear fuel at the plant until alternative storage becomes available. "There is no dispute the Coastal Commission did not make specific findings concerning individual and cumulative impacts when it approved the CDP," Judge Mitchell Beckloff wrote in the ruling. He agreed with the commission’s argument, however, that it was not statutorily required to consider such impacts.

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