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.

Melissa Chan

Melissa Chan has over 20 years of experience advising, planning, deploying, and evaluating energy infrastructure deployment from centralized coal to microgrids. A two-time entrepreneur and industry consultant before joining Fermata Energy, Melissa has launched new grid edge technologies that deliver benefits to utilities and their customers. She holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon.

Rachel Zook

Rachel Zook collaborates with utilities and government agencies across the United States to develop pathways for scaling vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. Prior to joining Nuvve, Rachel worked as a program manager at the Center for Sustainable Energy, where she focused on electric vehicle projects in New York State and Oregon.

Business Network Breakfast: Strategies for Removing Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere

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California has just set some of the most ambitious targets in the world for natural carbon removal. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change tells us that, in addition to rapidly cutting emissions, we must remove about a trillion tons of carbon from the atmosphere by the end of the century to stay below … Read more

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California announces first-of-their-kind nature-based climate targets

California recently announced ambitious, nation-leading targets for nature-based climate solutions. These new targets were established per AB 1757, signed into law in 2022 thanks to The Climate Center’s collaborative leadership and all of you who took action in support! Over the next 20 years, the state will work to transform more than half of its … Read more