Translated title: Overview of energy policy and energy economy in California
California is perceived as a forerunner regarding climate and energy policy, both within the USA and worldwide. It has implemented a number of ambitious policies covering renewable energy, energy efficiency and transport, being a role model also for other states. However, it faces certain challenges on its energy markets, such as high electricity prices and outdated energy infrastructure, resulting in massive disturbances of the electricity systems. Hence, security of supply is one of the central objectives of energy policy in California.
This report gives an overview on both California’s energy economy and energy policy. The first part gives an overview of the foundations of California's energy economy. The second part examines the drivers of its energy policy and current political debates. The third part introduces the federal institutions and their competencies. Finally, the fourth part presents important topics connected to the transition of California’s energy system.
Further publications in the series
- Community Choice Aggregation - Communities in California and other US states as electricity suppliers (in German only) (August 2018)
- Overview of energy policy and energy economy in Texas (in German only) (February 2018)
- The debate on the Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule - Electricity market policy under President Trump (in German only) (January 2018)
- Overview of the energy policy of Canada (in German only) (June 2017)
- Overview of Australia's energy policy (in German only) (March 2017)
- Power Cuts in South Australia 2016 and 2017 (in German only) (February 2017)
- California and Germany: energy policy cooperation with neighbouring states in the electricity sector (in German only) (December 2016)
- Overview of the energy efficiency policy in the US (in German only) (December 2016)
- Overview of the US electricity markets (in German only) (November 2016)