Wild Tree Foundation advocates for a world run on local, distributed, publicly and cooperatively owned renewable and sustainable resources. We fight for the end of fossil fuel electricity generation; for the protection of our environment, climate, and wildlife; and against corruption in the regulation of for-profit, investor-owned utilities at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
For-profit, investor-owned utilities that are responsible for causing fires and other disasters should not be bailed out. Victims of utility-caused disasters, such as the 2017 Napa and Sonoma fires and 2018 Camp Fire, should be fully compensated for their losses by the utilities, but not at the expense of ratepayers.
Fires: CPUC proceeding R.19-01-006 regarding ratepayer recovery for 2017 fires under SB 901. Wild Tree is fighting a bailout for PG&E for the Napa Sonoma fires and a bailout for SCE for the Thomas Fire.
Fires: CPUC proceeding R.19-07-017 implementation of AB 1054. Wild Tree is advocating that a $15+ billion rate increase to fund the pre-bailout wildfire insurance fund is unconstitutional.
The climate crisis is the most pressing issue of our time and we must take immediate and decisive action to reverse our current trajectory. But, such action must be undertaken through holistic and sustainable means. In regards to the energy sector’s contribution to climate change, Wild Tree Foundation advocates for the development of holistic and sustainable energy programs with a focus on decreased use of fossil fuel and decreased greenhouse gas emissions; decreased consumption and increased efficiency; reliance on local, distributed renewable resources; and protection of human health, wildlife, and wild lands.
Wild Tree Foundation also advocates for a greater focus on the contributions of industry and agriculture to greenhouse gas and other hazardous emissions. Decreased consumption, a shift to plant based diet and elimination of concentrated animal feeding operations, and the decrease and eventual elimination of oil and gas extraction are all critical components of any sound plan to address the climate crisis.
Building decarbonization: CPUC proceeding R.19-01-011 rulemaking to implement SB 1477 BUILD and TECH programs. Wild Tree is a rare voice against thoughtless building electrification that, if done wrong, will result in an increase in GHG emission as electricity load is increased. Wild Tree is advocating for holistic and sustainable building decarbonization programs that incorporate efficiency and increased installation of larger rooftop solar systems to prevent electrified buildings from increasing electricity load.
Waste Methane: CPUC proceeding A.19-02-015 SDG&E application for a green tariff for “renewable natural gas.” Wild Tree opposes SDG&E efforts to market waste methane as some sort of renewable, green alternative to natural gas and to import waste methane through the natural gas pipeline system. Methane is a potent GHG that poses great risk to our climate, and human and environmental health regardless of its source. Instead of seeking to create a market for waste methane from manure, trash, and waste water, we should be focusing our efforts on decreasing the creation of waste methane at the source. This should include efforts to increase plant based eating, utilization of unpreventable waste methane at its source for local power generation i.e. waste treatment plant, and municipal composting and waste diversion programs.
We must ween ourselves off our fossil fuel addiction and transition to a cleaner, healthier, more democratic power grid. But we must make this transition thoughtfully and sustainably. Wild Tree advocates against utility scale generation, including wind and solar, in wild lands and wildlife habitat. We have greatly untapped efficiency and demand response potential that decreases the need for power generation at the plug. We have abundant rooftops real estate for solar generation and opportunities for distributed wind and solar. Massive, utility scale generation in remote, wild locations, such as the bird-killing Ivanpah, are unnecessary and Wild Tree advocates against the development of any such facilities.
Transmission: A.18-05-007 SCE application to increase capacity of a large transmission line through critical habitat for the endangered desert tortoise. Wild Tree objects to this application as an attempt at a money grab for an unnecessary project. The upgrade would enable increased utility scale generation on pristine desert lands, cause increased deaths of the already highly imperiled desert tortoise and other at-risk animal and plant species, and increase capacity for the import of dirty power (including coal fired generation) from Nevada.