Providing a balanced portfolio of renewable, non-traditional, and traditional resources is needed to ensure that energy is affordable and reliable.

Establishing a siting and permitting system for energy distribution infrastructure is important to rural counties.  Such a system must facilitate the development and construction of necessary energy transmission lines and pipelines.  Additionally, federal and state agencies implementing such a regulatory scheme must consider the impacted local governments’ perspectives, as well as acknowledge the special authority and responsibility counties maintain over land use issues.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is the State’s primary energy policy and planning agency.  The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil, among its other responsibilities.

RCRC engages in legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts at both the state and federal level to represent the interests of member counties.

Staff: John Kennedy