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Public Utilities Commission Reform Takes A Step Back, Deborah Nicole Behles, Steven Weissman Oct 2015

Public Utilities Commission Reform Takes A Step Back, Deborah Nicole Behles, Steven Weissman

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California is taking a leadership role with its progressive energy and environmental policies by requiring that half its energy is generated from renewable resources, authorizing the largest low-income solar initiative in the country and mandating a 50 percent increase in building energy efficiency. But the primary agency overseeing many of these policies, the California Public Utilities Commission, has been plagued with allegations of impropriety. Last fall, emails between commissioners and high-level utility officials led to serious questions about the integrity and fairness of the PUC’s decision-making.


Optimizing Reservoir Operations To Adapt To 21st Century Expectations Of Climate And Social Change In The Willamette River Basin, Oregon, Kathleen M. Moore Apr 2015

Optimizing Reservoir Operations To Adapt To 21st Century Expectations Of Climate And Social Change In The Willamette River Basin, Oregon, Kathleen M. Moore

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Reservoir systems in the western US are managed to serve two main competing purposes: to reduce flooding during the winter and spring, and to provide water supply for multiple uses during the summer. Because the storage capacity of a reservoir cannot be used for both flood damage reduction and water storage at the same time, these two uses are traded off as the reservoir fills during the transition from the wet to the dry season. Climate change, population growth, and development in the western US may exacerbate dry season water scarcity and increase winter flood risk, creating a need to ...


Spring 2015 Utton Center Newsletter, Utton Center, Unm School Of Law Apr 2015

Spring 2015 Utton Center Newsletter, Utton Center, Unm School Of Law

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Report By Ggu And Uc Berkeley Faculty Finds Cpuc Ex Parte Rules Unusual And Needing Reform, Deborah Nicole Behles Jan 2015

Report By Ggu And Uc Berkeley Faculty Finds Cpuc Ex Parte Rules Unusual And Needing Reform, Deborah Nicole Behles

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has an unusual way of doing business. Most state and federal regulatory agencies prohibit private, closed-door discussions with interested parties about contested matters (ex parte communications).


Ex Parte Requirements At The California Public Utility Commission: A Comparative Analysis And Recommended Changes, Deborah Nicole Behles, Steven Weissman Jan 2015

Ex Parte Requirements At The California Public Utility Commission: A Comparative Analysis And Recommended Changes, Deborah Nicole Behles, Steven Weissman

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Emails released beginning in the fall of 2014 demonstrate several improper private communications between high-level utility officials and decision-makers at the California Public Utility Commission (“CPUC”). The email chains show discussions ranging from a utility repeatedly lobbying on the outcome of an enforcement matter or aggressively pushing for a new judge assignment, to a commissioner soliciting donations to a political campaign or a banquet fund. Entities in the transportation industry have also alleged improper contacts with CPUC officials. In each instance, the CPUC decision-makers did not report the communications or insist that the utilities stop sending them. Rather, they actively ...


The End Of Sustainability, Melinda Harm Benson, Robin Kundis Craig May 2014

The End Of Sustainability, Melinda Harm Benson, Robin Kundis Craig

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Managing Complex Water Resource Systems For Ecological Integrity: Evaluating Tradeoffs And Uncertainty, Richard Morrison May 2014

Managing Complex Water Resource Systems For Ecological Integrity: Evaluating Tradeoffs And Uncertainty, Richard Morrison

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Water resource systems often contain numerous components that are intertwined or even contradictory, such as power production, water delivery, recreation, and environmental needs. This complexity makes it difficult to holistically assess management alternatives. In addition, hydro climatic and ecological uncertainties complicate efforts to evaluate the impacts of management scenarios. We need new tools that are able to inform managers and researchers of the tradeoffs or consequences associated with flow alternatives, while also explicitly incorporating sources of uncertainty. My research addresses this limitation using two modeling approaches: stochastic system dynamics modeling and Bayesian network modeling. I developed a stochastic system dynamics ...


Managing Complex Water Resource Systems For Ecological Integrity: Evaluating Tradeoffs And Uncertainty, Ryan Richard Morrison May 2014

Managing Complex Water Resource Systems For Ecological Integrity: Evaluating Tradeoffs And Uncertainty, Ryan Richard Morrison

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Water resource systems often contain numerous components that are intertwined or even contradictory, such as power production, water delivery, recreation, and environmental needs. This complexity makes it difficult to holistically assess management alternatives. In addition, hydroclimatic and ecological uncertainties complicate efforts to evaluate the impacts of management scenarios. We need new tools that are able to inform managers and researchers of the tradeoffs or consequences associated with flow alternatives, while also explicitly incorporating sources of uncertainty. My research addresses this limitation using two modeling approaches: stochastic system dynamics model to evaluate the impacts of environmental flow alternatives on multiple water ...


Spring 2014 Utton Center Newsletter, Utton Center, Unm School Of Law Apr 2014

Spring 2014 Utton Center Newsletter, Utton Center, Unm School Of Law

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Developing The Law Of The River: The Integration Of Law And Policy Into Hydrologic And Socio-Economic Modeling Efforts In The Willamette River Basin, Adell Louise Amos Jan 2014

Developing The Law Of The River: The Integration Of Law And Policy Into Hydrologic And Socio-Economic Modeling Efforts In The Willamette River Basin, Adell Louise Amos

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A legal and policy infrastructure -- referred to as a "law of the river" -- exists for every river basin in the U.S. an can be as important as natural processes in terms of managing the future of the resource. Because of the way that water law and policy have evolved in the U.S., this infrastructure involves a matrix of state and federal law that governs the choices that policymakers, end users, and agencies make. This "law of the river" provides the context in which decisions are made and not made. It also draws the boundaries within which decision makers ...


Joe M Stell Ombudsman Program - Taos Settlement Technical Work, Peggy Barroll Oct 2013

Joe M Stell Ombudsman Program - Taos Settlement Technical Work, Peggy Barroll

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Groundwater Challenges In Spain: Lessons From The Western Mancha Aquifer, Pedro Martinez-Santos Sep 2013

Groundwater Challenges In Spain: Lessons From The Western Mancha Aquifer, Pedro Martinez-Santos

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Winter 2013 Utton Center Newsletter, Utton Center, Unm School Of Law Jan 2013

Winter 2013 Utton Center Newsletter, Utton Center, Unm School Of Law

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Selected Bibliography On Adjudications And New Mexico Water Management, Carol Romero-Wirth, Mpp, Esq., Susan Kelly, J.D., Ernesto Longa, J.D. Dec 2012

Selected Bibliography On Adjudications And New Mexico Water Management, Carol Romero-Wirth, Mpp, Esq., Susan Kelly, J.D., Ernesto Longa, J.D.

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Water Rights Management In New Mexico And Along The Middle Rio Grande: Is Awrm Sufficient?, Carol Romero-Wirth, Esq., Susan Kelly, J.D. Nov 2012

Water Rights Management In New Mexico And Along The Middle Rio Grande: Is Awrm Sufficient?, Carol Romero-Wirth, Esq., Susan Kelly, J.D.

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Groundwater In New Mexico, Darcy Bushnell, Esq. Oct 2012

Groundwater In New Mexico, Darcy Bushnell, Esq.

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Fall 2012 Utton Center Newsletter, Utton Center, Unm School Of Law Oct 2012

Fall 2012 Utton Center Newsletter, Utton Center, Unm School Of Law

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Kirtland Afb - Bulk Fuels Facility Spill: Regulatory Authority Under Rcra And History, New Mexico Environment Department, University Of New Mexico School Of Law Oct 2012

Kirtland Afb - Bulk Fuels Facility Spill: Regulatory Authority Under Rcra And History, New Mexico Environment Department, University Of New Mexico School Of Law

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Summer 2012 Utton Center Newsletter, Utton Center, Unm School Of Law Jul 2012

Summer 2012 Utton Center Newsletter, Utton Center, Unm School Of Law

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American Indian Water Right Settlements, Darcy Bushnell, Esq. Jun 2012

American Indian Water Right Settlements, Darcy Bushnell, Esq.

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Community Growth And Land Use, Susan Kelly, Esq. Apr 2011

Community Growth And Land Use, Susan Kelly, Esq.

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Winter 2011 Utton Center Newsletter, Utton Center, Unm School Of Law Jan 2011

Winter 2011 Utton Center Newsletter, Utton Center, Unm School Of Law

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Water Law In The Western United States, Susan Kelly Apr 2010

Water Law In The Western United States, Susan Kelly

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Some Municipal Programs To Develop And/Or Sustain Living Rivers In New Mexico, Claudia Borchert Mar 2010

Some Municipal Programs To Develop And/Or Sustain Living Rivers In New Mexico, Claudia Borchert

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Environmental Flows Allocation Process In Texas, Kevin Mayes Mar 2010

Environmental Flows Allocation Process In Texas, Kevin Mayes

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Climate Change, Streamflows, And Water Management Implications In The Upper Rio Grande Watershed, Brian H. Hurd Mar 2010

Climate Change, Streamflows, And Water Management Implications In The Upper Rio Grande Watershed, Brian H. Hurd

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Environmental Flows In Elephant Butte Irrigation District, Gary Esslinger Mar 2010

Environmental Flows In Elephant Butte Irrigation District, Gary Esslinger

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Colorado's Instream Flow Program: History And Current Activities, The Colorado Water Conservation Board Mar 2010

Colorado's Instream Flow Program: History And Current Activities, The Colorado Water Conservation Board

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Environmental Flow Issues & Science, Tom Annear Mar 2010

Environmental Flow Issues & Science, Tom Annear

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Riparian Area And Upper Watershed Condition, Mary Steuver Mar 2010

Riparian Area And Upper Watershed Condition, Mary Steuver

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