Proposition 7 Opponents
"Big Solar" Initiative Called Damaging to Renewable Energy Development
The opponents to Proposition 7 are diverse and cite a range of objections to the measure, warning that it could damage California's progress toward renewable energy, sabotoging the very renewable portfolio standards it endorses, by creating a costly, unaccountable bureaucracy that is pre-disposed to buy electricity only from corporate giants, shutting out the small providers and stifling innovation in distributed energy production, such as through rooftop solar and wind appliances.
'Californians Against Another Costly Energy Scheme'
A long list of organization opposing Proposition 7 have joined the coalition calling itself Californians Against Another Costly Energy Scheme, with the website noprop7.com. 1 The list, which includes a broad range of environmental groups, renewable energy providers, consumer groups, taxpayer groups and community groups, includes or has included:
- California League of Conservation Voters
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- Union of Concerned Scientists
- Environmental Defense Fund
- Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies
- California Solar Energy Industries Association
- California Wind Energy Association
- California Labor Federation
A brief list of arguments against Proposition 7 is compiled at ballotpedia.org:
- It could "slam the brakes on renewable energy development in the state.". 2
- The measure is "poorly written and so complicated that it could hurt the cause of renewable energy in the state."
- Ralph Cavanaugh of the Natural Resources Defense Council told the Los Angeles Times that the "initiative was put together by people who didn't know what they were doing." As a result, he says, it "opens the way for many unintended consequences".
- V. John White, Director, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies told the Los Angeles Times that “the initiative locks all the dysfunctional complexity into place and would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to change it." 3
- "It freezes up transmission, because it's not clear who has the authority to site what,” said Jan Smutny-Jones, Executive Director, Independent Energy Producers Association in Greenwire. “It would automatically lead us to litigation."
Given that Proposition 7 ignores the advantages of distributed generation while selectivley rewarding industrial-scale solar energy production and granting the Energy Commission new powers to override local control in the siting of generation and transmission facilities, it's not surprising that local governments with strong records on developing renewable energy in their communities. 5
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2. Measure on energy draws fire, latimes.com, 4/8/2008 [cached]
3. Surprise opponents to renewable energy measure, SFGate.com, [cached]
4. Arguments made against Prop. 7, Ballotpedia.org, [cached]
5. Pasadena Council opposes Solar Initiative, PasadenaWeekly.com,