We advocate for key climate and clean energy legislation

Below are some of the bills we have supported in the past. Most notably, SB 100 was just signed by the Governor of California.

SB 775 – Cap and Dividend

Authors: Senator Bob Wieckowski and Senator Pro Tem Kevin de León

The Climate Center endorses this bill. SB 775 enacts into law a post-2020 cap and trade program as an update to California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which put a cap (limit) on carbon emissions, and allowed businesses to purchase permits to pollute, and to trade those permits in an open market. The number of permits declines over time, giving businesses time to reduce their emissions as the whole economy shifts to clean energy. The revenues created from the sale of the permits go back to the people of California in the form of dividends to help offset the rising costs of energy use. Revenues also go toward investments in renewable energy.

More detail and talking points here: https://theclimatecenter.org/cap-and-dividend/

SB 100 – 100% carbon-free renewable energy by 2045

Author: Kevin de León

SB 100, the California Clean Energy Act of 2017 does all of the following:

  1. Establishes an overall state target of 100% clean energy for California by 2045 by directing the CA Public Utilities Commission, CA Energy Commission, and Air Resources Board to adopt policies and requirements to achieve total reliance on renewable energy and zero-carbon resources by that date.
  2. Accelerates SB 350’s 50% mandate for clean renewable energy from 2030 to 2026 and establishes a new RPS benchmark of 60% by 2030 to ensure more clean energy in the California grid sooner.

More detail here: http://sd24.senate.ca.gov/news/2017-05-02-california-senate-leader-introduces-100-percent-clean-energy-measure

Link to bill text and status: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB100

In the Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/24/california-100-percent-renewable-energy-future-may-hit-roadblocks/

SB 71 – Solar Roofs

Author: Scott Weiner

Requires installation of solar panels on any new residential or commercial construction subject to the “solar ready” requirements of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, generally single family homes, low-rise multi-family buildings and commercial buildings of 10 stories or less. Requires the CEC to consider requiring the installation of a cost-effective rooftop solar electric or solar thermal energy generation system on all new buildings. This bill requires the CEC to make its consideration byJanuary 1, 2020, for new residential buildings and by January 1, 2023, for new nonresidential buildings.

Link to bill text and status: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB71

SB 700 — Solar Energy Storage Initiative

Author: Scott Wiener

Creates the Energy Storage Initiative to provide rebates to electricity customers for the installation of home and business energy storage systems, which allow solar energy to be stored and used throughout the day and night. This initiative is modeled on the 10-year California Solar Initiative, which is widely regarded as having been successful. It will be a similar, 10-year incentive program, this time for storage.

Link to bill text and status: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB700

AB 262 the “Buy Clean” bill

Authors: Rob Bonta and Susan Eggman

This bill requires the California Department of General Services (DGS) to establish standards used in the bid process related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when certain eligible materials are used in state public works projects.

Link to bill text and status: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB262

News Stories about AB 262 on Buy Clean California’s website: http://www.buycleancalifornia.org/news-and-media/

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