California’s Community Choice Agencies Celebrate Success


Across California, 24 Community Choice Agencies provide clean power to more than 14 million customers. Community Choice Agencies are local not-for-profit government agencies that empower communities to purchase electrical power on behalf of their residents. In this webinar, we’ll celebrate the successes of California’s Community Choice Agencies and Sonoma Clean Power’s tenth anniversary. Sonoma Clean … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

AB 2734 (Connolly) Healthy Soils Program Updates

Status: Active
Year: 2024

AB 2734 updates the Healthy Soils Program in a number of ways, including providing advance payment rates of up to 50%, allowing equipment sharing as a part of technical assistance grants, and establishing a common application for all of the Climate Smart Agriculture Technical Assistance Grant programs. This bill would incentivize farming methods that promote … Read more

Ana Rosa Rizo-Centino

Environmental Justice Workforce Alliance Coordinating Team. Ana Rosa’s work focuses on community co-empowerment, government transparency, environmental justice issues, and support for working families. Ana has served as Network Manager of the Central Coast Climate Justice Network (C3JN), Central Coast Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch, Mayor and Planning Commissioner for the City of Maywood, Executive Director for PUEBLO & PUEBLO Education Fund, California Lead Organizer for the National Farm Worker Ministry, and the National Coordinator for the Student Labor Action Project for the United States Student Association and Jobs with Justice. She currently works for the United Farm Workers. 

Joanne O’Neill

Joanne serves as the Director of Customer Programs at Clean Power Alliance, leading a mix of programs promoting electric vehicles and buildings, demand response, energy resiliency, and low-income community solar. She has over 15 years of experience delivering customer programs within the utility and consulting space. This includes over 5 years of leading the California operations at CLEAResult, the largest provider of emission-reducing energy solutions across North America, and more than 10 years at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). When at PG&E, Joanne designed and implemented numerous customer programs and led the strategy for the implementation of time-of-use rates.

Hydrogen in California: Production, Delivery, and End Uses

Today, more than 95 percent of hydrogen is produced from natural gas, a fossil fuel, local air quality pollutant, and climate-wrecker. Hydrogen combustion produces significant amounts of nitrogen oxides that are directly harmful to human health and contribute to the formation of smog. Although hydrogen is not a direct greenhouse gas, it is considered an … Read more

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Testimony: Invest in clean air to protect public health

Engineers with wind turbines

On April 8, 2024, the California Assembly Committee on Budget met to hear from experts and the public on the proposed 2024-2025 state budget. Facing a multi-billion-dollar budget deficit, Governor Newsom has proposed billions in potential cuts to climate and energy investments. If approved by the legislature, the cuts could have disastrous consequences for communities … Read more

Sneha Ayyagari

Sneha Ayyagari (she/her/hers) utilizes her background in engineering, policy analysis, and capacity building to help advocate for more climate resilient and equitable policies, organizations, and technologies. She focuses on policy advocacy and implementation efforts for topics including equitable building decarbonization, energy equity, and clean energy workforce and entrepreneurship. She has a background in policy advocacy and analysis across a range of energy topics including distributed energy resources, energy efficiency, and environmental justice climate mapping tools. Most recently, Sneha was a Senior Associate at RMI where she supported government agencies and advocates in creating equitable energy efficiency and housing policies.

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California pensions must divest from fossil fuels

Against the backdrop of an oil and gas production surge across the United States and alarming warming trends across the globe, a California bill introduced last year is gaining traction to slow fossil fuel expansion. SB 252 (Gonzalez), the California Fossil Fuel Divestment Act, would require the two largest public pension funds in the United … Read more

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SB 1101 (Limón) Beneficial Fire

Status: Active
Year: 2024
Prescribed burn. Photo via Canva.

SB 1101 aims to mitigate wildfire damage by streamlining the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (CAL FIRE) contracting and procurement process for beneficial fire, which combines prescribed burning, cultural fire practices, and natural fire management. Beneficial fire will cut back potential fire fuels and restore the health of our forests and grasslands.   Indigenous … Read more

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Millions of dollars available for community energy resilience projects in California

Climate-fueled extreme weather events, including extreme heat and atmospheric rivers, are causing more and more power outages across California. State leaders must invest in clean, resilient energy solutions, starting in frontline communities.  Despite proposed cuts to the state’s climate budget, millions of dollars are already allocated to fund resilience initiatives across California, including community resilience … Read more