News Release | Environment California

Environment California Statement on SB 350 Amendment

Sacramento – In the final days of the legislative session, Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced that SB 350 (De León) will be amended  to remove the goal of decreasing California’s use of petroleum in vehicles due to overwhelming pressure from the oil industry. Pro Tempore De León explained, “…in the end — with two days left — we could not cut through the million-dollar smokescreen created by a single special-interest with a singular motive and a bottomless war chest.”

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Report: California Wins as Top Solar State in the Country

California not only led the nation in total installed solar electric capacity, with solar power generating more than 5 percent of the state’s total electricity consumption, but the Golden State also added more installed solar capacity last year than all other states combined, according to a new report released today by Environment California Research & Policy Center.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Report: Solar Energy Benefits Vastly Outweigh Costs

Homes and businesses with solar panels deliver more value to power customers and society than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.

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San Diego ranks 2nd for solar power in nation

San Diego has more solar panels than most major cities, ranking 2nd among major U.S. cities two years in a row, according to a new report by Environment California Research & Policy Center. The solar stature of the city was owed largely to the clear solar commitment of the city’s leaders as well as streamlined and predictable permitting fees, said Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilmember Todd Gloria and advocates who gathered at an affordable housing complex in Council District 3 that is powered by solar energy.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

5 California Cities Earn Berth in “Sweet Sixteen” for Solar Power

“California cities are some of the country’s most valuable players when it comes to solar power,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate with Environment California. “As California leaders—Governor Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins—aim  to have 50% of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030, our cities are leading the way.”

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