Senate Bill 99, authored by Senator Bill Dodd, will require the California Energy Commission to develop and implement a technical assistance and grant program to support local governments in developing community energy resilience plans, prioritizing state support for the most vulnerable communities.
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, which compromise air quality and increase greenhouse gases. There is a better way. Local governments can work with utilities to develop plans for building clean and distributed energy generation and storage. Energy resilience planning will create thousands of good-paying jobs while making Californians safer and more resilient.
Bill Status: Approved by the California Senate Energy Committee with a bi-partisan 12-0 vote. Passed the State Senate on a bipartisan vote with unanimous support. Next step: State Assembly.
For more information about the bill, read the author’s Factsheet and news release, read our OpEd in the Sacramento Bee, read The Climate Center’s testimony here, and visit our Community Energy Resilience page.