This legislative session, California further augmented policies to decarbonize all sectors of the economy and strengthen its path toward a clean energy future.
The City of Oakland’s reputation as a progressive city working toward a clean energy future would have been seriously compromised if plans to build a coal export facility on the old Oakland Army Base had gone forward (see: Coal Exports from Oakland's Ports, Bad Business).
The controversy continues over efforts to either facilitate coal exports through San Francisco Bay or block them entirely.
The current proposal to allow coal exports to China and other parts of Asia through Oakland port facilities represents fundamentally poor policy masquerading as an economic strategy for job creation. In fact, it is a step profoundly in the wrong direction for California and the nation in terms of sustainable economic and environmental initiatives.
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.
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.
We’re pleased this year’s California legislative session produced major activity across the transportation spectrum. It closed in September with a flurry of bills that advance cleaner, greener transportation, giving us hope that we can expect equally significant efforts in the 2015 legislative session.