Business Network Event: The Grid for the Future is Decentralized, Reliable, and Affordable

SOMO Village, 1400 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

The key to building an affordable, resilient, and reliable energy system is increasing the use of distributed energy resources — things like rooftop solar, battery storage, and technologies that manage energy demand. California’s electricity rates are through the roof, creating an affordability crisis at the same time that extreme weather is hammering communities across the … Read more

Diane Papan

Diane Papan was first elected to the California State Assembly in November 2022. She represents the 21st Assembly District, which includes the entire Bayside of San Mateo County from Brisbane to East Palo Alto.

In the Assembly, Papan serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks & Wildlife and serves on the Committees on Transportation and Governmental Organization & Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials.

Supported by The Climate Center

AB 1359 (Papan) Accelerating Geothermal Power

Status: Active
Year: 2024
Geothermal energy plant. Photo by Canva.

Geothermal power has significant potential to help California meet its climate goals, especially on cloudy days, at night, and in winter when other renewables like solar and wind may be unavailable. Right now, geothermal energy projects are facing delays caused by an outdated provision of state law that threatens to derail geothermal development in California … Read more

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Testimony: Californians deserve a chance to vote for the climate this November

People's Climate March in New York City. Photo by @5byseven.

On July 3, 2024, the California legislature passed SB 867 to put a $10 billion bond to fund climate solutions before voters on the November ballot. To counter massive funding cuts to state climate programs, the bond will provide sustained investment in clean drinking water, wildfire preparedness, sustainable agriculture, and more. The following expert testimony … Read more

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Testimony: Making electricity more affordable and reliable using EVs

Person charging EV

On July 1, 2024, SB 59 passed out of the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee by a vote of 12-3. Introduced by Senator Nancy Skinner and sponsored by The Climate Center, SB 59 aims to unlock the potential for California’s millions of electric vehicles to shore up the electric grid, power homes during outages, and … Read more

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What do EVs have to do with wildfires?

For more than two weeks in June, fire crews battled more than 20 fires across California, including the 15,000-acre Post fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Experts are warning Californians to brace for a very active wildfire season. A wet winter that produced more vegetation than usual and record-breaking early heatwaves are already fueling … Read more

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State and federal funding available to build resilience for California communities

Frontline, working-class communities across California endure greater harm from climate-fueled extreme weather events than wealthier communities. For example, they typically have fewer trees providing shade during heat waves and fewer resources to evacuate in the event of extreme rain or flooding. State and federal funds are crucial for enhancing preparedness, response, and resilience in frontline … Read more

Phasing Out Oil Refining in California: Implications for Health and Workers


California is a major oil refining state, mostly making fuels for our own use but also for export. California and local governments have policies requiring a transition away from fossil fuels in the electricity, transportation, and oil extraction sectors. But California has no requirements for phasing out oil refineries — the largest industrial fossil fuel … Read more

Alicia Rivera

Alicia Rivera is an organizer for Communities for a Better Environment in Wilmington and has been a lead Oil Refinery Organizer in California for over 20 years. Her initiation to refinery disasters was the former Texaco, now Marathon refinery that spectacularly exploded in the late 1990s, physically damaging homes and people’s health, aggravating respiratory illnesses and ability to breathe. Since then, Alicia witnessed countless explosions, flaring, and neighbors’ health harms, and was instrumental in winning regulations and policies at the regional Air District and the State to clean up refineries. She is actively involved in work toward refinery phaseout.

Brian White

Brian White is a U.S. Navy veteran and currently serves as the Policy Director in the office of Richmond Mayor Eduardo Martinez. Prior to his current position, Mr. White was a 29-year member of United Steelworkers and Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers unions, while working at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, CA. His work at the refinery included operating some of the most complex and difficult units in the refinery. Mr. White also led a Union Safety program at the refinery for three years and trained plant operators on process procedures and regulatory requirements.