California is quickening its pace in its plan to achieve 100% renewable energy — now by 2045. If the law is passed as expected, California's influence on clean energy and climate change will grow and the state will become the nation's de facto leader.Read More
Lawmakers and environmentalists gathered on Treasure Island to witness Governor Jerry Brown sign Assembly Bill 398 authored by California State Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella). AB 398 would extend California’s “Cap and Trade” program to 2030. Previously the program was set to expire in 2020.
Cap and trade puts a limit on carbon emissions and requires polluters to obtain permits to release greenhouse gases. Some permits, known as allowances, are given away while others are auctioned, generating billions of dollars in revenue for the state. The money is a key funding source for a planned high-speed train between San Francisco and Los Angeles, one of Brown's priorities.Read More
California lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to extend the state's cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases through 2030.
The bipartisan, supermajority votes in both the state Assembly and Senate late Monday gave a major victory to Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who has been pushing hard to extend the landmark climate change program in the world’s sixth largest economy.
It also serves as a significant example of California’s willingness to fight climate change while the Trump administration and congressional Republicans work to dismantle Obama-era climate policies.Read More
The reason for the alarm? The request mentioned government mandates and subsidies, which have driven wind and solar energy's growth, as possible drivers of reliability concerns. The industry lobbyists are right to be sensitive. Despite constantly touting the rapidly falling cost of wind and solar, industry growth over the next decade depends on mandates and subsidies.Read More
"In general, it's going to be renewables in, gas out, so you've got that sort of long, slow good-night of lots of gas," said Jim Caldwell, a senior technical consultant with the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, a Sacramento think tank that has been advocating for regulators to reconsider their grid policies to better account for renewables and climate change.Read More