Power outages during 2020 and 2019 cost the California economy billions and are expected to continue. In response, homeowners, businesses and utilities have been rapidly investing in new fossil fuel generators, primarily diesel, expenditures which run counter to California’s environmental goals.
Local governments can work with utilities to develop comprehensive plans for community energy resilience. This can also create thousands of well-paying jobs. Two bills below can help:
- Support SB 99 for a clean, affordable, resilient, equitable and safe power grid
- Support AB 1325 for an equitable and resilient power grid
Senate Bill 99
SB 99 calls for the creation of a new technical assistance and grant program administered by the California Energy Commission to help local governments develop clean energy resilience plans, working in collaboration with utilities, prioritizing enhanced resilience for low-income communities. Click here for the full text of the bill.
Assembly Bill 1325
AB 1325, introduced by Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke, directs the California Public Utilities Commission to establish an ongoing program to enhance energy resilience for California’s most vulnerable communities by developing microgrids for critical public facilities like community centers, clinics, schools, and senior centers. The bill seeks to sustain the development of clean community microgrids controlled by local communities across the state, following up on the CPUC’s January 2021 Decision. Click here for the full text of the bill.
Please show your support for these bills by signing below. The resulting list of individuals and organizations in support will be shared with the California legislature.