Highly Charged

April 17, 2024 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Date: Wednesday, April 17 at 12:15pm

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“Highly Charged,” An expert panel focused on the role of rate design in promoting equity as we decarbonize the electric power system, including a discussion of California’s often misunderstood Income-Graduated Fixed Charge.

Change is coming to the way we pay our electricity bills in California thanks to what’s called an “income-graduated fixed charge.” But the proceeding charged with implementing that change has become politically fraught. This ongoing debate is comprised of multiple interrelated questions about equity, decarbonization, and reliability of the electric power system. Divergent visions for the future of the power sector sit at the center of the discussions over how we should distribute systemwide costs, which electricity rate design will best support greenhouse gas emission reductions, and how we can ensure reliable electricity service at the same time essential electrification efforts increase strain on the grid.

Come hear a discussion about the opportunities and limitations to rate design as a tool to enhance equity in the state. Our panelists include tenant, ratepayer, and environmental advocates, as well as a Senior Analyst at the Public Utility Commission and UCLA’s own energy law expert, Professor William Boyd.

Nihal Shrinath, Associate Attorney, Sierra Club
Sylvie Ashford, Energy & Climate Policy Analyst, the Utility Reform Network
Chelsea Kirk, Director of Policy and Research, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy
Ankit Jain, Senior Analyst, California Public Utility Commission
William Boyd, Professor of Law and Emmett Institute Co-Director, UCLA

Lunch served on a first come, first served basis for those who RSVP by 04/14/24