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

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AB 322: Electric Program Investment Charge Program

Status: Enacted

AB 322 (Salas) This bill would require the California Energy Commission to allocate not less than 20% of the funds appropriated for the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program to bioenergy projects for biomass conversion. STATUS: Signed by the Governor September 23, 2021.

Monitoring

SB 83 (Wiener) Public utilities: electrical distribution grid: energization

Status: Held in Committee
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Existing law authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to establish an expedited distribution grid interconnection dispute resolution process with the goal of resolving disputes over interconnection applications within the jurisdiction of the commission in no more than 60 days from the time the dispute is formally brought to the commission. This bill would require the commission, on … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

AB 408 (Wilson) The Climate-resilient Farms, Sustainable Healthy Food Access, and Farmworker Protection Bond Act of 2024

Status: Active

Existing law requires the Department of Food and Agriculture to promote and protect the agricultural industry of the state. Existing law under Article XVI of the California Constitution requires measures authorizing general obligation bonds to specify the single object or work to be funded by the bonds and further requires a bond act to be … Read more

Monitoring

AB-406 Agriculture: Healthy Soils Program and California Farmland Conservancy Program.

Status: Active
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Existing law, the Cannella Environmental Farming Act of 1995 requires the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to establish and oversee the Healthy Soils Program to seek to optimize climate benefits while supporting the economic viability of California agriculture by providing incentives, including loans, grants, research, and technical assistance, and educational materials and outreach … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

AB 50 (Wood) Bill credits for overdue interconnections

Status: Enacted
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Existing law authorizes the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to fix the rates and charges for every public utility, and requires that those rates and charges be just and reasonable. Existing law requires a public utility to furnish and maintain such adequate, efficient, just, and reasonable service, instrumentalities, equipment, and facilities as are necessary to … Read more

Opposed by The Climate Center

AB 324 (Pacheco) Gas procurement

Status: Held in Committee
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Existing law vests the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) with regulatory authority over public utilities, including gas corporations. Existing law requires the CPUC, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board (ARB), to consider adopting specific biomethane procurement targets or goals for each gas corporation. Existing law requires that the CPUC, before establishing biomethane procurement … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

SB 261 (Stern) Financial risk related to the climate crisis

Status: Enacted
COP26 Mobilization in Quezon City, Philippines

Existing law, The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Act) requires the State Air Resources Board (ARB) to adopt regulations to require the reporting and verification of statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to monitor and enforce compliance with the Act. The Act requires the ARB to make available, and update at least annually, … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

AB 285 (L. Rivas) Climate science education

Status: Active
To change everything, it takes everyone

Existing law requires the adopted course of study for grades 1 to 6, inclusive, and the adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to include certain areas of study, including, among others, English, mathematics, social sciences, science, and visual and performing arts. AB 285 would require the science area of study to … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

SB 252 (Gonzalez) Divesting from fossil fuels in the public retirement system

Status: Active, Two-Year Bill
Climate activist in Sacramento holds a sign reading "Divest from destruction, Invest in our Future." Photo by The Climate Center.

Existing law prohibits the boards of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTERS) boards from making new investments or renewing existing investments of public employee retirement funds in coal companies. (This is limited to coal used to generate electricity. The definition excludes coal used to produce steel.) Existing law … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

SB 306 (Caballero) Equitable Building Decarbonization Program – direct install program

Status: Enacted
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Existing law requires the California Energy Commission (CEC) to establish the Equitable Building Decarbonization Program (EBDP), which includes establishing a statewide incentive program for low-carbon building technologies. The Budget Act of 2022 appropriated $112,000,000 from the General Fund for purposes of the EBDP. The program includes the direct install program that funds certain projects, including … Read more