We have also collaborated extensively with partner organizations on letters of support to legislators to advocate for accelerating California’s greenhouse gas reduction targets to be more in line with the science and to prioritize lower-income communities with funding. We are so grateful to our partners for their persistence in working for equitable and just solutions to the climate crisis.
Our business network remains devoted to a climate-safe future and we have so much admiration for their determination, despite the enormous challenges they have faced this year. In particular, we are so grateful to all the sponsors of our Community Energy Resilience Series for coming through to ensure that we were able to host our policy summit to gather so many civic, business, and environmental justice leaders together for an important conversation about equitable clean energy resilience in the face of climate change. The urgency of solving the climate crisis and related environmental justice crisis has never been more clear.
We have made substantial progress on Community Energy Resilience with state regulators and legislators. Thanks in part to our efforts, the California Public Utilities Commission recently made a ruling that will make it easier for local governments to plan microgrids in California. In the legislature, we have been working with Senator Henry Stern’s office on SB 1215, which will help California communities to build out clean and equitable energy systems. Additionally, because of our work over the past year with many of our partners, the State added $50 million to the budget for Community Energy Resilience. Most recently, we launched our Community Resilience Energy webinar series that has drawn over 1,000 attendees, including many from other countries.
We continue to champion Community Choice Energy in the Central Valley, where we know it will bring economic co-benefits, and we have seen how successful electricity sector greenhouse gas reductions have been in communities that have launched Community Choice Agencies. We are pleased that our work has paid off, as the Stockton City Council recently approved a feasibility study, a major milestone. In Fresno, we continue to build strong community support with over 100 organizations joining our Friends of Community Choice Energy coalition.