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California passes 100% clean energy bill, but punts on several plans for getting there

September 6, 2018 | Desert Sun


California lawmakers passed a bill last week requiring the state to get 100 percent of its electricity from climate-friendly sources like solar and wind.

But they didn’t vote on several proposals designed to help California achieve that goal, including a plan backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to connect the power grids of as many as 14 western states, as well as a bill that would have promoted geothermal energy development at the Salton Sea. The geothermal bill might have passed, if not for last-minute opposition from state Sen. Jeff Stone, a Republican who represents the Coachella Valley.

The Legislature did pass a bill that would help homes and businesses install batteries, which can help reduce planet-warming emissions when paired with rooftop solar panels. That bill awaits a signature from Gov. Brown, as does the 100 percent clean energy bill.

Here’s a breakdown of which energy bills did and didn’t pass in the final days of the 2018 legislative session, which ended Friday night at midnight.

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OPINIONATED: Go Back to Aliso Canyon Deal Drawing Board

August 28, 2018 | California Current

By V. John White

Three years ago, Aliso Canyon was home to the largest methane leak in U.S. history, resulting in dozens of hospitalizations, the release of more than 100,000 tons of potent GHG emissions, and the evacuation of more than 10,000 families.

Earlier this month, the state attorney general and California Air Resources Board proposed a settlement to a lawsuit against the facility’s owner, the Southern California Gas Company. Unfortunately, with this settlement, state leaders have squandered an opportunity to protect local residents from future health hazards, and missed a chance to move California closer to meeting its long-term climate goals.

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25th Anniversary

25 years of “Greening the Grid”

On May 4th, 2016, friends, family and guests gathered to commemorate the official 25th Anniversary celebration of the founding of CEERT. Read John Shahabian’s (Director of Operations) recap of this special event. GO ANNIVERSARY PAGE


a closer look

V. John White talks about planning for California’s renewable energy renaissance. Stimulus projects are beginning construction; they will bring jobs into California and help to jump start the economy of high-unemployment desert areas. CEERT is bringing people together to plan for natural conservation, renewables generation, and transmission for clean power.

Hal Harvey from Energy Innovation

Hal Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC, recently visited a CEERT gathering. Here are some highlights recapping his very informative presentation to us.VIEW MORE videos »

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