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In 2013, more cities and counties stood up to protect Pacific wildlife and passed bans on single-use plastic grocery bags. Now, more than 90 communities in California, from Marin to Los Angeles, are living bag free. Thanks to citizen support, California now has a network of 124 underwater state parks that protect our coast and wildlife.
News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center
San Francisco, CA – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decided yesterday to extend funding to critical energy efficiency, renewable energy, and research & development programs through 2012. This decision follows Governor Brown’s request in September that the CPUC determine a means of financing the programs funded to date under the Public Goods Charge – one of the country’s largest and most successful clean energy initiatives, which the California legislature failed to renew beyond 2011.
A broad coalition of local leaders, clean energy businesses, green jobs advocates, consumer and environmental organizations, wrote to Governor Brown to express strong support for the preservation of California’s current net metering program and to ask for his help in lifting the cap on net metering to ensure that this policy continues to play a leading role in achieving the Governor's goal of building 12 GW of localized renewable energy by 2020.
The Honorable Governor Jerry Brown
California State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
Re: Keep California’s Bright Spot Shining: Preserve and Expand California’s Net Metering Program
Dear Governor Brown:
As a broad coalition of local leaders, clean energy businesses, green jobs advocates, consumer and environmental organizations, we are writing to express our strong support for the preservation of California’s current net metering program and to ask for your help in lifting the cap on net metering to ensure that this policy continues to play a leading role in achieving your goal of building 12 GW of localized renewable energy by 2020.
The value of the nation's solar industry has grown 67%, to $6 billion, since 2009, making it the fastest growing segment of the nation's renewable energy offerings, said Michelle Kinman, a clean energy advocate for the group Environment California. The solar industry also is producing jobs at a fast rate during a time of distressingly high unemployment in America, she said.