September 11, 2018

Hunton Andrews Kurth and the Environmental Law Institute are holding a complimentary summer speaker series featuring key representatives from environmental regulatory agencies. The series of informal seminars will provide attendees with the opportunity to directly interact with environmental regulators and professionals in the field on the latest issues and challenges in environmental law in California and throughout the western United States.

SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board

The mission of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board is to preserve, enhance, and restore the quality of California’s water resources and drinking water for the protection of the environment, public health, and all beneficial uses. The SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board is one of nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards in California, all of which operate under the auspices of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board). The Water Boards are tasked with implementing the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act and the federal Clean Water Act and have regulatory responsibility for the water quality of California’s nearly 1.6 million acres of lakes, 1.3 million acres of bays and estuaries, 211,000 miles of rivers and streams, and about 1,100 miles of California coastline. Speakers discussed the latest topics of significant interest to the public and the priorities being pursued by the Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Keith Lichten, Supervising Water Resource Control Engineer, California EPA/San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
Tamarin E. Austin, Senior Staff Counsel, San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
Sarah Quiter, Senior Attorney, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (Moderator)

**See other sessions in the San Francisco Summer Speaker Series schedule HERE.**

September 11, 2018

Co-sponsored by:
Berkeley Law Center for Law, Energy & the Environment
Farella Braun + Martell LLP
The Environmental Law Institute

After decades of dominance by three investor owned utilities (IOUs), California is experiencing a transformation in its energy procurement landscape through the emergence of Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs). Recent studies anticipate that the growth of CCAs will pose an ongoing challenge to the IOUs, which could see a significant share of their load departing for CCAs in the future.

The roundtable panel discussed this CCA transformation, with a particular focus on the implications for energy procurement and renewable energy project development as well as:

  • What are the likely impacts of continued CCA growth? 
  • How will CCAs be impacted by CPUC-imposed exit fees?
  • What are the power procurement strategies of CCAs and how will those impact development of new renewable energy projects? 
  • How can renewable energy project developers work with CCAs so that new energy projects utilizing power purchase agreements with the CCAs can be financed and sold? 

Mark Fillinger, Vice President, Origination at Candela Renewables LLC (moderator)
Siobhan Doherty, Director of Power Resources, Peninsula Clean Energy
Don Eckert, Director of Finance and Administration, Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Paris Hays, Senior Manager, Project Development, Recurrent Energy
David McNeil, Finance Manager, Marin Clean Energy