Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies
Providing global warming solutions for California and the West.
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Discussions with Government Officials
CEERT frequently meets with state and local administrative officials to discuss clean-energy and climate issues, such as permitting and siting for renewable generation projects and the advancement of new, clean, cutting-edge technologies.
Discussions with the Governor’s Office
CEERT remains in close communication with former CEC Commissioner Karen Douglas, now Senior Energy Advisor to the Governor. Karen is focusing on the clean-energy buildout, transmission upgrades and expansions, permitting and planning, interagency coordination, and revised state budget allocations for new geothermal projects and lithium recovery demonstration projects.
Discussions with Local Government on Siting Clean Energy and Transmission Projects
We continue our work with CEERT Board Member Cara Martinson and officials of the County Supervisors Association and the Rural Counties Association on convening local governments, environmental and community leaders, and renewable project developers to discuss barriers and opportunities, statewide clean energy needs, and the potential for expanding community benefits.
CEERT organized a meeting with local government leaders and California Energy Commission staff working on clean energy project siting and planning, but that was in the immediate aftermath of the Governor’s proposal to override local government approval of wind and solar projects, which did not go over well with the local government representatives. We hope to reconvene these discussions after the Governor’s Climate Budget has been adopted and the Legislature adjourns.
V. John White