Commentary

Daniel Coffey

Daniel Coffey is a 22-year attorney with a chemical engineering undergraduate degree from University of California, Davis. A former appointee to the San Diego Park and Recreation Board, Mr. Coffey follows San Diego politics closely as an active member of the community.

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Over the past 10 years, many have offered up the attractive, if fanciful, notion that solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind power renewable energy systems will provide long-term opportunities for increasing jobs when compared to established or traditional fuel-based energy systems that use coal, oil or natural gas.

It seems the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is using its regulatory power over utilities — natural physical monopolies subject to public control — to enable competition whose core function is to raise the price of electricity destined for transportation, all to the detriment of the public. Allow me to explain.

Sooner is vastly better than later when reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In order to significantly and quickly curtail those emissions, we need to rapidly electrify transportation and decarbonize the production of electricity, while significantly expanding our electricity-generating capabilities to meet the needs created by electrified transportation. This group of tasks requires disciplined thought, a coherent legal framework and expert execution.

In order to transform transportation from its current dependence on fossil fuels to a system powered mainly by electricity, where that electricity is produced using methods that are substantially free of carbon-based fuels, it is fundamentally necessary to use renewable energy systems such as solar PV and wind power coupled with effective storage for a portion of the electrical energy produced by those intermittent renewable sources.

We don’t often express sufficient thanks for the many things that are done for us, unlikely gifts given to us, sacrifices made on our behalf and acts of kindness done without expectation of reward or acknowledgment. Here are a few, some more unexpected than others.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office held a press conference Feb. 2 to announce, and this is a paraphrase, that secret meetings will be held by a prominent group of citizens to advise his office on how to provide a stadium to the owners of the Chargers football team.

The San Diego Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing at 9 a.m. Feb. 4 in Room 310 of the County Administration Building, 1600 Pacific Highway, concerning the Rugged and Tierra del Sol solar projects. The board should wholeheartedly approve these projects.

The Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, long deceased, is credited with the observation that "a woman cannot be too rich or too thin.”

Satire as free speech has once again gained notoriety by virtue of human culture’s brutish standby for every affront, real and imagined: mass violence intended to instill terror and dread in other humans.

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. announced very recently that it had reached 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity on the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, a dramatic step in the right direction toward an electrical system substantially powered by renewable large-scale wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.

Christmas 2014 is nearly upon us. In remembering Christ, especially the lessons offered in his Sermon on the Mount, we are reminded of our frailty, humanity and mortality.

Within a few weeks the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will make decisions with respect to two large-scale solar projects. These projects use very advanced and productive, locally manufactured Soitec triple-junction solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.

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