CSE commends the City of San Diego’s staff and elected officials for their efforts to make the region cleaner, greener and more efficient.
As California’s 2015 legislative session came to a close earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown signed several bills to continue aggressive actions to significantly reduce the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Importantly, this list included Assembly Bill 693 (Eggman), which created the Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar Roofs Program.
In the final days of the 2015 California legislative session, Senate Bill (SB) 350, the Golden State Standards Bill, which primarily sets a 50% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for the state’s electric utilities, became the center of great debate.
In the late hours of the last day of the legislative session on Sept. 11, the California legislature passed Assembly Bill 802, a critical energy efficiency bill.
When Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 502 (Leno) into law on August 7, allowing the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) to procure energy directly from eligible renewable energy providers, it not only supported BART's efforts to clean up and modernize its energy portfolio, but also set the stage for expanding transportation sustainability goals statewide.
Recently, CSE and the Climate Action Campaign hosted a Clean Energy Forum for elected officials, senior government staff, industry leaders and community stakeholders to discuss pathways to a clean energy future in the San Diego region.
The transition to a clean energy future does not have just one solution. Rather, a combination of forward-thinking applications using a wide portfolio of efficient energy sources will help create a more sustainable pathway.
Usually I go on vacation to relax and unwind. Recently, I came back from a cruise more stressed than when I left because of what I witnessed going on with Alaska’s climate. When I left San Diego in mid-May, it was 56 degrees. I expected to land in Anchorage and find seasonal temperatures, but it was 74 degrees. Worse, locals told me the snow had disappeared two weeks earlier.
To meet Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2030 climate and clean energy goals, we need to implement market transformation strategies for increasing the supply of distributed energy resources from all California households and businesses.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s goal to curb oil use by half and generate half of California’s energy from renewable sources by 2030 is laudable. Diversifying our energy sources, however, isn’t just about creating jobs, investing in innovation or slowing climate change. It’s really about keeping our industries, businesses and families safe.