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.
The California Energy Commission recently funded a series of zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) readiness projects throughout the state.
CSE supports the diversification of transportation technologies focused on air quality improvements and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions — both of which would be accomplished by SB 502. The bill directly supports the Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s (BART’s) ability to operate an even “cleaner and greener” fleet by providing additional renewable energy (RE) procurement options.
When travelers hail taxis at San Diego International Airport, they’ll probably ride in a hybrid car because older, internal combustion engine cars are leaving the airport cab fleet.
Feeling overwhelmed by all the news about energy and water usage and where you fit in? The last time you shopped at a store for an energy-efficient appliance or light bulb was it difficult to choose the right product or understand the potential energy savings?
While California was an early leader in prioritizing energy efficiency for new buildings, only since 2009 has the state directed the same focus toward existing buildings with the passing of Assembly Bill (AB) 758.
While serving in the Navy, I was charged with finding opportunities to reduce costs in order to free up resources for operations. My team quickly discovered that energy and water were the most lucrative areas for savings, principally because of our wasteful behaviors.
You know how many miles per gallon you can drive in your car, and you can read the ingredient labels on your food, but I’ll bet that you don’t know how much energy and water are being consumed in the buildings where you work, live, shop and recreate.
This year is shaping up to be pivotal in California’s energy sector. New leadership in the legislature and at the California Public Utilities Commission along with Governor Jerry Brown’s ambitious goals for clean energy present a tremendous opportunity to build on existing state policy and achievements.
We live in very exciting times! As new solar energy technologies and policies develop, they are making solar cost‑competitive with fossil fuels. Local governments in communities and counties across the U.S. can play an important role in helping enable more residents and businesses transition to solar energy sources. It’s a win-win for consumers, the environment and the economy.