SB 99 calls for the creation of a new technical assistance and grant program administered by the California Energy Commission to help local governments develop clean energy resilience plans, working in collaboration with utilities, prioritizing enhanced resilience for low-income communities. Click here for the full text of the bill.
Power outages during 2020 and 2019 cost the California economy billions and are expected to continue. In response, homeowners, businesses and utilities have been rapidly investing in new fossil fuel generators, primarily diesel, expenditures which run counter to California’s environmental goals.
There is a better way to enhance energy resilience: local governments can work with utilities to develop comprehensive plans for strategically building clean distributed energy resources (DERs), leveraging accelerating cost reductions of clean energy generation and storage. Expedited development of DERs through energy resilience planning, in collaboration with utilities, will create thousands of well-paying jobs supplied by a well-trained workforce, and will yield DERs located to maximize benefits to the existing grid.
Please show your support for SB 99 by signing below. The resulting list of individuals and organizations in support will be shared with the California legislature.