| Blog Post

How California is preparing for more heat waves

Vue Her on his farm in Singer, California, outside of Fresno. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Californians face growing risks from extreme heat thanks to the climate crisis.  Worldwide, we’ve experienced record-breaking temperatures for 12 consecutive months — a trend that comes with grave consequences. In June of 2021, a heat wave killed nearly 900 people in the Pacific Northwest. In the summer of 2022, more than 60,000 people died in … Read more

| Press Release

California lawmakers vote to approve billions in cuts to climate programs

System Change Not Climate Change

SACRAMENTO — Moments ago, the California legislature passed AB 107, the Budget Act of 2024. As expected following Governor Newsom’s May revise, this budget includes billions in cuts and deferrals to climate spending, impacting programs for wildfire resilience, distributed clean energy, sustainable agriculture, and more. In response, The Climate Center’s Chief Operating Officer Barry Vesser … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

SB 1374 (Becker) Rooftop solar for apartment buildings, schools, and farms

Status: Active
Year: 2024

In order to meet our climate goals, California will need to dramatically increase the amount of installed renewable energy, including substantially increasing the amount of rooftop solar. In November of 2023, the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) issued a decision that makes it much harder for schools, farms, and rental housing to receive economic benefits … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

AB 1866 (Hart) Accelerating the closure of idle oil wells

Status: Active
Year: 2024

AB 1866 will protect Californians from the growing impacts of dangerous oil and gas wells across the state by requiring oil companies to accelerate the plugging and clean up of their idle wells. California’s 40,000 idle oil and gas wells pose a serious threat to our safety, health, environment, and climate. Frontline communities suffer disproportionately … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

SB 1497 (Menjivar) Polluters Pay Climate Cost Recovery Act

Status: Inactive
Year: 2024

SB 1497 establishes a program in California’s Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) that will assess fees on the state’s largest fossil fuel polluters to ensure that they pay their fair share of the damage they have caused California and its climate. Fossil fuel corporations rake in record profits year after year while communities of concern across … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

SB 1433 (Limón) Gravity-Based Energy Storage Well Pilot Program

Status: Active
Year: 2024

SB 1433 would establish the Gravity-Based Energy Storage Well Pilot Program to first clean up, and then convert idle wells for use as gravity-based energy storage wells to store solar and wind energy and deliver clean electricity when needed. The pilot program would assess the efficacy and safety of gravity-based energy storage wells through 2034 … Read more

Robert Stafford

Robert Stafford is a Research Associate, focusing on Transportation Electrification and Grid Resiliency, and a part of the Electric School Bus Initiative. Robert comes to World Resources Institute from San Diego Gas & Electric, where he was the lead designer for their Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program. 

How Electric Vehicles Can Transform the Energy Landscape

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Electric vehicles (EVs) have enormous potential to help us address multiple problems at once. They can significantly lower energy costs for consumers, reduce harmful air pollution, and contribute to a more resilient electricity system by storing energy in their batteries for use during extreme weather events. Current technology allows an electric car battery to power … Read more

Zach Woogen

Zach Woogen is a Senior Consultant at Strategen, supporting go-to-market strategy for clients in the V2X and smart charging space. He is Senior Policy Manager for Strategen’s nonprofit association client, Vehicle-Grid Integration Council, where he manages regulatory, policy, and market development efforts, covering rate and program design, interconnection rules and regulations, and managed charging and V2X technology in the leading VGI markets. Prior to joining Strategen, Zach was a Project Manager with Bay-Area Environmentally Aware Consulting Network (BEACN) in energy strategy.