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Working for rapid greenhouse gas reductions at scale, starting in California

Urge lawmakers to commit to 100% clean electricity by 2030

Solar is now the cheapest form of electricity generation. This is good news, considering that fossil fuel pollution is a public health crisis across the state.  At the same time, climate impacts are hitting harder and faster with an unprecedented fire and smoke season, and in other parts of the country an unprecedented hurricane season.

Almost 43% of California’s electricity still comes from natural gas, a fossil fuel. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a climate-heating gas that is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

The science is clear, as are the solutions, which are also now the least expensive.

Learn more and urge your California legislators to commit to 100% clean electricity by 2030.

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Upcoming Webinars

How to Get More out of Existing Solar and Storage Systems

December 9, 2020 11 AM PST

There are new and commonly untapped revenue opportunities in California for solar photovoltaic and battery energy storage systems. This webinar will explore the increased value of solar renewable energy certificates (RECs) and program participation opportunities for batteries in grid services and CCA programs. David Burdick of TeraVerde Energy will review these opportunities and discuss the steps to pursuing these value streams. We will also briefly introduce two new climate initiatives of Joint Venture Silicon Valley: Beyond Gasoline and Climate-Safe California. Learn more.

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A Just Transition for Labor: What Will it Take?

November 19, 2020 11 AM PDT

The science is clear on climate change: we must rapidly phase out fossils fuels. But tens of thousands of workers have jobs in fossil fuel and related industries. How do we secure a just transition that guarantees good jobs with benefits for these workers in the new clean energy economy? Carol Zabin (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is a labor economist who recently completed a comprehensive report for the California legislature called Putting California on the High Road to answer that question. Learn more and watch the recording.

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Endorse Climate-Safe California

The unprecedented fires across the West and the rampant spread of COVID-19 in the United States is a stark reminder that we ignore science at our own peril and early action saves lives. The latest science demands bold and swift climate solutions to avoid runaway climate chaos.

We must accelerate existing state policy timelines now to phase out fossil fuels, sequester carbon in ecosystems, and build resilient communities while inspiring global climate action. Our Climate-Safe California campaign aims to reach net-negative emissions (sequestration more than emissions) by 2030 while securing Climate Justice for lower-income communities and securing a positive transition for fossil fuel workers. Endorse and support the campaign today. Together we will secure a vibrant, healthy and climate-safe future for all. Learn more>>

Support Utility Reform and Community Energy Resilience

The Climate Center is working with partners to help secure our communities in the face of blackouts, fires and the pandemic by opening up markets to clean energy, reducing pollution that makes people more susceptible to diseases like COVID-19, and creating clean energy “islands” that allow community energy resilience during planned and unplanned outages. Please reach out to your state elected officials here.

OUR IMPACT

11,000,000

Population with access to Community Choice Energy in California

$90 million

Estimated on-bill savings as of 2018 due to Community Choice Energy

88%

Percentage of fossil-fuel free power in Community Choice Energy portfolios.

28,000+

Students reached through our youth climate leadership training program

OUR WORK

CLEAN COMMUNITY ENERGY RESILIENCE

In the face of California’s widespread power shutoffs and the rise of dirty fossil-fuel-powered back-up generators, The Climate Center has launched a new initiative to build resilience.
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COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY

Learn what we are doing to spread affordable locally-controlled clean power options and innovative energy programs in the Central Valley and throughout California.
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CLEAN POWER EXCHANGE

The Clean Power Exchange is your source for news, views, updates, resources, and tools on Community Choice Energy and California’s shift to clean energy.
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CARBON SEQUESTRATION

UN scientists have reported that soil carbon sequestration is among the cheapest methods with the greatest potential for removal of CO2 from the atmosphere. Learn more>>

CLEAN MOBILITY

Sustainable mobility includes electric vehicles, transit-oriented development, walkable communities, pedestrian and bike-friendly infrastructure (scooters too), public transportation, and more. Learn more>>

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