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The Road to Victory for Cap and Trade in California

Posted by Amisha Rai

Jul 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM

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In January, Gov. Jerry Brown declared he would seek a two-thirds vote to extend California’s cap-and-trade system to 2030. The extension to 2030 would keep in place the market-based mechanism that enables the state to reach its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals on a cost-effective basis – and send a market signal in favor of advanced energy technologies and services – while passage by two-thirds would protect the system from legal challenges claiming it is a tax, which by law requires approval by supermajority vote. Supporters and neutral observers alike agreed that was the ideal scenario for locking in cap and trade for the next decade, but there was substantial doubt that the votes were there. The idea of a two-thirds vote became even more challenging after the Governor asked the Legislature to hike the gas tax as part of a transportation package. Could he get a two-thirds vote twice in one year? Yes, he could and he did. Here’s how – and how AEE was engaged all along the way.

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Topics: State Policy Update, California Engagement

#ExtendItNow: California Lawmakers to Vote on Continuing Cap and Trade Program Critical to Advanced Energy Growth

Posted by Amisha Rai

Jul 13, 2017 3:00:03 PM

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Time and time again, California has proven to the nation and the globe that economic and environmental goals can be achieved simultaneously. California’s longstanding record in implementing innovative policies has helped make it a world leader in the use and development of advanced energy technologies. That is why it is imperative for state lawmakers to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program to 2030. They’ll get a chance to do so next week.

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Topics: State Policy Update, California Engagement

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

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