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AB 463. Electricity: prioritization of service: public transit vehicles.

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Existing law requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to establish priorities among the types or categories of customers of every electrical corporation (Investor Owned Utility (IOU)), and among the uses of electricity by those customers, to determine which of those customers and uses provide the most important public benefits and serve the greatest public … Read more

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Oil corporations spend millions of dollars to block California public health law

SAN FRANCISCO — Late last week, the California Secretary of State’s office announced that it has certified the oil industry-backed referendum challenging SB 1137. The law, passed last year, would have prohibited new oil drilling within 3,200 feet of sensitive sites like homes, schools, hospitals, and prisons. The referendum will go before voters on the … Read more

Kevin Leong

Kevin is a Deputy Director at CALSTART and is based out of Orange County. He has been leading the Data Validation & Assessment Team for six years, implementing demo and pilot projects and providing services such as third-party data validation, analysis, and technical assistance to fleets looking to adopt clean transportation technologies. He has managed several battery-electric bus demonstration projects aimed at assisting transit agencies with EV deployment and validation. Kevin is the technical advisor to CALSTART’s Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program which recognizes fleets that have taken steps to reduce their environmental impact through sustainable actions. He is also currently managing a nationwide EV data collection effort with the Department of Energy and several data collection efforts with the California Air Resources Board.

Monitoring

AB-397 California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Scoping Plan.

Existing law, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Act), designates the State Air Resources Board (ARB) as the agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). The ARB is required to adopt rules and regulations to achieve the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective GHG emissions reductions to ensure … Read more

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SB 306. Equitable Building Decarbonization Program: direct install program.

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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

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SB-252 Public retirement systems: fossil fuels: divestment.

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 (Limited to coal used to generate electricity. The definition excludes coal used to produce steel). Existing law requires these … Read more

Monitoring

AB-285. Pupil instruction: science requirements: climate change.

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

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SB 261. Greenhouse gases: climate-related financial risk.

COP26 Mobilization in Quezon City, Philippines

SB 261 would require, on or before December 31, 2024, and annually thereafter, a covered entity (any business entity with total annual revenues in excess of five hundred million dollars that does business in California) to prepare a climate-related financial risk report disclosing the entity’s climate-related financial risk and measures adopted to reduce and adapt … Read more

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AB 324. Gas corporations: renewable gas procurement.

Man with rooftop solar

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

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SB-253. Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act. 

SB 253 would require the Air Resources Board (ARB), on or before January 1, 2025, to develop and adopt regulations requiring U.S. business entities with total annual revenues in excess of $1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars) and that do business in California, defined as “reporting entities,” to publicly disclose to an emissions registry (a nonprofit emissions … Read more