The California Public Utilities Commission yesterday approved a new type of planning process aimed at helping the state meet aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals, which include reducing power sector emissions by more than 60% from 1990 levels within the next two decades.
Learn about the competitive challenges and other new developments in the energy and utility industries.
New ways of doing business are sweeping through the utility industry, shaking up traditional assumptions about the work and who will do it. In these uncertain times for utility workers, is it possible to protect our work, our livelihood? The short answer is “yes,” and we can look to the Longshoremen’s “Mechanization and Modernization Agreement” of… [Read More]
Our Nevada members may remember seeing Question 3 — the measure that opened the door to energy deregulation and massive job loss throughout the state — on the ballot in 2016. It was approved by voters, in no small part because the ballot language vastly oversimplified the sweeping nature of this change. It read, in… [Read More]
Longshoremen in 1960 found a way to defend themselves in an industry being turned upside down INTRODUCTION IBEW 1245 members are not the first workers to see their jobs threatened by a changing industry. In the early 1800s English textile workers known as Luddites smashed and burned the machines that were replacing them. In the… [Read More]
Shutting down a nuclear power plant is not an easy thing to do. Safely de-operationalizing a plant is one thing. Replacing the energy it produces with new, carbon-free power is something else. But perhaps most difficult is negotiating a just economic transition that leaves affected families, communities, and workers intact.
IBEW Local 1245 has been actively involved in California’s energy and environmental policies for many years. Our union provided critical and influential support for Senate Bill 2, which established the 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements, as well as Senate Bill 350, which increased the RPS to 50%. We were also involved in the passage… [Read More]
California policymakers look to address renewables over-generation through smart investments in supply- and demand-side resources.
A new law directs utilities to plan non-emitting resources to serve peak demand, sparking new debates about resource adequacy and the future of gas generation.
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a complex topic, and the specifics can be hard to comprehend. But it’s something that all utility workers should take the time to understand, as the large number of CCAs that are being launched are causing great uncertainty in California’s energy market. That uncertainty hurts all utility workers and has… [Read More]
Hundreds of thousands of electric utility customers in California are paying more than they should to cover the cost of power purchased for other customers. These extra costs are hurting low-income, minority and working families who can least afford higher bills.