Calif. Regulator Favors Stricter View On Energy Policy

Law360, New York (January 12, 2012, 8:29 PM EST) -- California's utilities regulator clarified Thursday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and others must use efficiency initiatives and renewable resources as much as possible to meet energy needs — not just up to state-mandated minimums — before turning to fossil fuels.

A loading order, first put forward by the California Public Utilities Commission in 2003, requires the state's utilities to invest first in energy efficiency and demand-side resources, then in renewable resources, then in clean conventional electricity supply.

Utilities and environmental groups disagreed over the meaning...
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