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Tell California leaders to hold the line on climate investments

Photo by Tessa Richardson.

Facing a projected deficit of $22.5 billion in the state’s 2023-2024 budget, Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced $6 billion in proposed cuts to climate and clean energy programs over the next several years.  As the state recovers from rainfall and flooding supercharged by climate change, this is no time to be walking back investments in … Read more

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$6 billion cut from climate programs in California state budget – The Climate Center response

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SACRAMENTO, January 11, 2023 — Facing a projected overall budget deficit of $22.5 billion, Governor Gavin Newsom announced yesterday $6 billion in proposed cuts to climate and energy programs in the state’s 2023-2024 budget. If approved by the legislature in May, that would bring California’s multi-year climate spending down to $48 billion, an 11 percent … Read more

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New rules threaten to slow the growth of solar in California – The Climate Center response

Professional technician working with screwdriver connecting solar photo voltaic panel to metal platform on summer rural landscape background. Stand-alone exterior solar panel system installation.

SACRAMENTO — Moments ago, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously to adopt new rules for how residential rooftop solar customers, schools, churches, farms, and businesses will be compensated for the electricity they deliver back to the grid. Unfortunately, pressure from corporate utilities resulted in a proposal that would slash the rate paid to these solar … Read more

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Testimony: California needs regulations that make solar more accessible to working-class communities, not less

Solar panels on the rooftop of the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons Building.

On December 15, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously to adopt new rules for how residential rooftop solar customers, schools, churches, farms, and businesses will be compensated for the electricity they deliver back to the grid. Unfortunately, pressure from corporate utilities resulted in a proposal that would slash the rate paid to these solar … Read more

Building Resilience to Extreme Heat in California

Last year, the City of Los Angeles spearheaded an innovative community engagement process around the question, “What are you most worried about regarding climate change impacts?” Led by the Climate Emergency Mobilization Office (CEMO) and involving hundreds of stakeholders, the resulting answer was extreme heat. What can be done to address the serious threat that … Read more

California Climate Policy Summit 2023

Holiday Inn Downtown-Arena, 300 J Street, Sacramento, California, 95814
Dr. J Mijin Cha at the California Climate Policy Summit 2022

California made historic progress on climate in 2022 — and we have the opportunity to do even more in the year ahead. Together, we passed the boldest set of climate laws in recent history, made major investments in clean energy, and mobilized our elected leaders to stand up to corporate polluters. The momentum is shifting … Read more

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What lackluster progress at COP27 means for California

Kurt Johnson, Clifford Rechtschaffen, Ellie Cohen, Siva Gunda,Barry Vesser, and Vincent Wiraatmadja at COP27

For The Climate Center, the UN’s 27th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) was an opportunity to host California policymakers at events to showcase California’s recent climate accomplishments and learn from others around the world. The outcome of the official UN proceedings, however, was a … Read more

Building a Resilient and Equitable Grid for the Future

This is the second webinar in the Envisioning a Climate-Safe California: Stories and Solutions series. This webinar presented a vision for the future of California’s electricity system and highlighted the people and organizations working to create it. We explored the role of local governments, Community Choice Agencies (CCAs), and others in helping to plan for … Read more

The UN global climate meeting is around the corner

United Nations by John Samuel

As goes California, so goes the world. With our state poised to overtake Germany as the fourth-largest economy in the world, it’s even more essential for Sacramento policymakers to attend the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt in two weeks. There, they can learn from other pioneers and first-adopters, share California’s progress, … Read more

Workshop: Energy Resilience Planning for Your Community

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA

For several summers in a row, California has been plagued by unprecedented wildfires and associated power outages. As an alternative to diesel for energy back-up, some local governments have been planning for deployment of new, clean energy options, which can save money and improve resilience. This workshop will included presentations covering:       Best … Read more