Keep tabs on climate and energy legislation in California and urge your representatives to take action for a climate-safe future.

Supported by The Climate Center

AB 45 (Boerner Horvath) Blue carbon demonstration projects

Status: Active
Mendocino coast

Existing law, the California Coastal Act of 1976 requires anyone wishing to perform or undertake any development in the coastal zone to obtain a coastal development permit from the California Coastal Commission. This bill would authorize the Commission to authorize blue carbon demonstration projects in order to demonstrate and quantify the carbon sequestration potential of … Read more

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SB 49 (Becker) Incentives for solar canopies and transportation strategic plan

Status: Enacted
UOP now has solar carports in eight parking lots. -By Davis Harper

Existing law vests the Department of Transportation (CalTrans) with full possession and control of all state highways and all property and rights in property acquired for state highway purposes. Existing law authorizes CalTrans to lease, for up to 99 years, areas above or below state highways to public or private entities. Existing law also authorizes … Read more

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SB 48 (Becker) Building performance standards

Status: Enacted
Toaster oven electric appliance

Existing law authorizes the California Energy Commission (CEC) to prescribe, by regulation, energy efficiency standards, including appliance efficiency standards, to reduce the wasteful, uneconomic, inefficient, or unnecessary consumption of energy, including to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) associated with electricity generation and the timing of an appliance’s use, as specified. This bill would provide … Read more

Monitoring

AB 30 (Ward) Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program

Status: Active
Guerneville, CA flooding

Existing law establishes the Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program in the Department of Water Resources. Existing law requires the department, upon an appropriation for purposes of the program, to research climate forecasting and the causes and impacts that climate change has on atmospheric rivers, to operate reservoirs in a manner that improves … Read more

Monitoring

AB 6 (Friedman) Regional transportation plans: Solutions for congested corridors and reduction of GHGs

Status: Active
Golden Gate transit bus

Existing law requires certain transportation planning agencies to prepare and adopt regional transportation plans directed at achieving a coordinated and balanced regional transportation system. Existing law requires each regional transportation plan to also include a sustainable communities strategy prepared by each metropolitan planning organization in order to, among other things, achieve certain targets established by … Read more

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SB 84 (Gonzalez) Clean Transportation Program reauthorization – Air Quality Improvement Program funding

Status: Held in Committee
Commuters at train stop

(1) Existing law establishes the Clean Transportation Program, administered by the California Energy Commission (CEC), to provide funding to certain entities to develop and deploy innovative technologies that transform California’s fuel and vehicle types to help attain the state’s climate change policies. Existing law requires the commission to give preference to those projects that maximize the … Read more

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SBX1-2 (Skinner) Oil price gouging penalty fund

Status: Enacted
Los Angeles oil refinery

A special session bill. Pursuant to the Governor’s call for a special session in November 2022 to hold the oil industry accountable for price gouging. Existing law requires operators of refineries in the state that produce gasoline meeting California specifications, within 30 days of the end of each calendar month, to submit a report to the California … Read more

Monitoring

SB 56 (Skinner) Load-serving entity integrated resource plans

Status: Active
Wind technicians with clipboard

Existing law requires the California Public Utilities Commission to adopt a process for each load-serving entity (LSE), defined to include the big utilities and CCAs, to file an integrated resource plan (IRP) and a schedule for periodic updates to the plan to ensure that it meets the state’s targets for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases … Read more

Monitoring

SB 15 (Grove) Oil imports: air quality emissions data.

Status: Held in Committee
Los Angeles oil refinery

Existing law, the Petroleum Industry Information Reporting Act of 1980, requires refiners to report monthly to the California Energy Commission (CEC), for each of their refineries, specified information, including the origin of petroleum receipts and the source of imports of finished petroleum products. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature that the CEC … Read more

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ACR-188 Independent System Operator: regional cooperation: study.

Status: Enacted
Transmission lines

This 2022 Resolution requests that by February 28, 2023, the California Independent System Operator, in consultation with the California balancing authorities, produce a report that summarizes recent relevant studies on the impacts of expanded regional cooperation on California, identifies key issues that will most effectively advance the State’s energy and environmental goals, including any available … Read more