Advanced Energy Perspectives

Amisha Rai

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More Than Half a Loaf: California Sets ‘50-50 by 2030’ Goals for Renewables and Building Efficiency as 50% Oil Reduction Gets Shelved

Posted by Amisha Rai

Sep 17, 2015 6:03:27 PM

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In his State of the State speech in January, Gov. Jerry Brown announced his Administration’s determination to extend California’s climate and energy goals to 2030. The Governor called for strengthening the state’s renewable and energy efficiency goals and for steep reductions in the use of petroleum, capturing the goals in a catchy formula: 50-50-50. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León took up the challenge and introduced SB 350. The bill, supported actively by AEE, called for raising the RPS to 50%, increasing efficiency in existing buildings by 50%, and reducing petroleum usage by 50%. It came down to literally the 11th hour of the session, but the groundbreaking bill passed the legislature on September 11 – minus the oil-reduction goal. Still, it was a big step forward for California’s already nation-leading energy and climate policies – and on reducing petroleum use, Gov. Brown vowed to fight another day.

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Topics: State Policy Update, California Engagement

STATE: In California, Legislative Victories – and a Bullet Dodged

Posted by Amisha Rai

Oct 3, 2014 10:57:00 AM

California_legislative_updateCalifornia’s 2014 legislative session has finally come to a close. August was a busy month in Sacramento as the Legislature worked to get bills through both houses in the final stretch, after which Gov. Brown signed them into law during the month of September. In addition to approving several bills and budget items that will improve the business climate for advanced energy companies, the Legislature also faced an attempt to push off a key milestone in the state’s climate plan.

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Topics: State Policy Update, California Engagement

STATE: AEE Scores Wins for Prop 39 and Cap-and-Trade Investments in California’s Budget

Posted by Amisha Rai

Jun 26, 2014 12:13:00 PM

California_Advanced_EnergyLast week, Gov. Brown signed California’s state budget for 2014-15, which totals $156.3 billion, and the advanced energy industry fared well. Over the past several months, AEE participated in a series of hearings and meetings focused on the budget, as several appropriation issues directly impact our business members and the industry as a whole. The result was at least five key provisions we count as wins for the advanced energy industry in California.  

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Topics: State Policy Update

STATE: Advanced Energy Racks Up More Legislative Wins in California

Posted by Amisha Rai

Sep 19, 2013 2:53:00 PM

California_Legislature_Advanced_EnergyThe California State Legislature adjourned last week, sending a number of bills to the Governor’s desk that are supported by AEE. Lawmakers showed their support for a variety of proposals ranging from incentives for advanced vehicles and fuels to community solar to rate reform. With three wins in California, the state legislation victories for advanced energy continue to pile up: 59 total!

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Topics: California Engagement

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