CCAs are here to stay — they have become part of California’s energy community and represent a huge portion of the energy consumed by the state. But with power comes responsibility. It’s past time that they begin living up to that role, and put our shared climate goals – not themselves – first.
Last week, State Senator Scott Wiener unveiled his plan to convert PG&E from an Investor Owned Utility to a ward of the state. Those paying close attention quickly noticed that Wiener’s plan bears striking similarities to another well-known Publicly Owned Utility (POU), the Long Island Power Authority in New York. Similar to LIPA, Weiner’s bill… [Read More]
Yesterday afternoon, the bondholders group and the official committee representing the fire victims in PG&E’s bankruptcy case announced they had reached a deal. They filed a joint motion with the bankruptcy court to (1) terminate PG&E’s exclusive right to file a reorganization plan and (2) file their own plan of reorganization. Their plan appears to… [Read More]
A city takeover of PG&E would complicate, not fix, the energy challenges we face. IBEW union members work at nearly every publicly-owned utility in Central and Northern California — we are in no way opposed to public power. But, let me remind you, the voters of San Francisco have twice rejected the city purchasing and administering… [Read More]
“For the good of our state, we must focus on how we can safely adapt our systems to what Jerry Brown described as “the new abnormal.” If we don’t, every Californian will be paying the price for policies that don’t match our priorities,” IBEW 1245 Business Manager Tom Dalzell writes in CalMatters.
Every day since November 8th when the Camp Fire started, members of the labor union which I lead have been working to rebuild the gas and electric systems of Paradise, Magalia, and Concow. In the early hours of the fire they risked their lives to help evacuate those with no way to get out. Since… [Read More]
Diablo Canyon’s closure agreement was a result of workers, local policymakers, environmental advocates, utilities and regulators’ understanding that it was in no one’s interest to shut down the plant immediately, and in everyone’s best interest to build a long, seven-year runway.
It’s been an action-packed few months for IBEW 1245, and at the quarterly Advisory Council meeting in October, Business Manager Tom Dalzell caught the 1245 leadership up on five of the union’s most notable successes this fall. On the legislative front, Dalzell explained how Local 1245 succeeded in passing its two high-priority pieces of legislation… [Read More]
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned more than four decades of precedent in its ruling on the Janus v. AFSCME case. By a vote of 5-4, the Court upended its own unanimous decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education (1977), effectively taking away unions’ ability to collect fair share fees to cover the cost of collective bargaining and… [Read More]
Bankruptcy would be a disaster for workers and consumers The wildfires our state experienced last year were unprecedented destruction and loss of life. To many, myself included, the scope of the damage seemed unimaginable – how, in 2017, could a disaster of that magnitude occur? We are all looking for the causes of the fires… [Read More]