Energy is our core competency. Our energy expertise has powers our growth and empowered our work with businesses throughout the Western US. Our compelling advocacy for our clients before state and federal regulatory commissions and in negotiations protects and advances our clients’ business concerns. Our effective participation in the shaping of legislation and regulation of energy market structures helps to ensure our clients’ short- and long-term interests are met. Our innovative strategies enable our clients to achieve business objectives in dynamic energy markets. Our continual monitoring and reporting identifies nuance and subtlety in regulatory law affecting our clients’ gas and electric power interests.
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Climate Change tops the list of critical issues in today’s energy industry. Energy producers and end-users must keep pace with changing laws as California implements the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 and broader efforts are considered at the regional and national levels. Alcantar & Kahl has been actively engaged in the development of climate change regulations at the California Public Utilities Commission, California Air Resources Board, and California Energy Commission. Alcantar & Kahl is also a registered lobbying firm that is regularly involved in the development of legislation. Climate Change regulation will affect virtually every aspect of an energy-intensive business. Alcantar & Kahl can support your efforts to influence Climate Change legislation and regulations, integrate emission-lowering strategies into your operations, and evaluate financial outlook and business relationships.
The Electricity industry continues to undergo dramatic changes since the opening of power markets to competition with the increased focus on distributed energy resources, increasing procurement of renewable resources and new grid and generation technologies. Industry changes from integration of these resources affect grid operation, power pricing and contracting, power plant siting, interconnection, utility rates and other industry rules. As a result, generators, developers and end-users must make business decisions in a highly uncertain regulatory environment. Alcantar & Kahl constantly monitors these evolving energy policies. We can guide you through these changes, deciphering complex regulations, providing advocacy in the industry rulemakings and utility rate cases, and providing counsel in power plant development, contracting and energy strategies.
The Natural Gas industry remains subject to regulation in certain segments despite deregulation of natural gas production and commodity sales at the state and federal levels. Changing regulations affect the transportation, storage and price of natural gas ultimately delivered to consumers. Producers, marketers and end-users must account for these regulations in developing their business strategies. Alcantar & Kahl regularly represents the interests of producers, marketers and end-users in California Public Utilities Commission proceedings. Alcantar & Kahl also regularly assists entities in natural gas transaction work that ranges from efforts to ensure reliable service to contracts geared to mitigating environmental costs. Most recently, Alcantar & Kahl has been involved in several pipeline safety proceedings that have the potential to at least double California natural gas transportation rates and impact reliability of service. Alcantar & Kahl’s background and experience can provide informed and thoughtful advocacy in the development of industry rules, as well as sound counsel in the advancement of business relationships.
Alternative fuels, energy efficiency, demand response, distributed energy resources, renewable energy – what do they mean to your industry and to your bottom line? More and more, businesses are looking for ways to both mitigate their energy costs and their impact on the planet by exploring other means to power their businesses. California’s policy preferences for preferred clean energy resources are revised routinely by the legislature and through implementation by state agencies and utilities. Alcantar & Kahl regularly advocates clients’ clean energy interests before the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Air Resources Board, with investor-owned utilities and the California Independent System Operator. We also provide analysis and advocacy to support our clients’ legislative teams. Clean energy choices today will drive a successful future. Alcantar & Kahl can help you navigate the regulatory policies on preferred resources and programmatic implementation to enable your goals of mitigating energy costs and reducing environmental impacts.
Demand response will play a greater role in California’s energy portfolio as the state progresses toward its renewable resources and greenhouse gas reduction goals. With increasing importance comes increased regulatory activity aimed toward valuing demand response products, refining program terms and conditions and achieving cost-effective integration of demand response products in the wholesale supply market. We know, through experience, the significance of demand response incentives in managing the high cost of electricity for California businesses. Alcantar & Kahl can help you evaluate your demand response options, analyzing the potential impacts on your business as well as the opportunities; we can advocate for the right mix of industrial programs and resources before the California Public Utilities Commission, the Legislature and with the California Independent System Operator.