On December 15th, during the last 2011 meeting (stroke of midnight-esque) of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), by unanimous vote the five CPUC Commissioners approved a proposed decision keeping approximately $250 million of renewable energy and research, development and demonstration (RD&D) funding alive.
See http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/published/agenda/docs/3286_results.pdf for the full CPUC decision.
This clean-energy-mission-critical funding was set to expire January 1, 2012 (pumpkin time), but thanks to the joint advocacy of The Vote Solar Initiative, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club CA, The Nature Conservancy and Californians for Clean Energy and Jobs (commonly known as “The Joint Environmental Parties” or, perhaps, “fairy godmothers”?), vital clean energy related programs, policies and practices will remain intact.
At least for the time being (not quite to the happy ending).