pv magazine: Changing climate, changing laws: addressing new wildfire risk requirements in project development

The increasingly common occurrence of wildfires throughout California makes clear that wildfires pose a serious threat to the public and environment in the state. Thus, it should be no surprise that new laws and regulations are starting to respond to these threats. These efforts generally target preparedness and response to wildfire threats, and are working their way earlier into the project development planning process. Key among these is the California’s Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) amendment of Appendix G of California Environmental Quality Act’s (CEQA) regulations (or “Guidelines”) to help public agencies identify and evaluate such wildfire risks. These amendments along with a host of other updates to the Guidelines became effective December 28, 2018.