News Release | Environment California

State Officials to U.S. Senate: Don’t Block State Innovation on Energy, Climate

On the eve of Earth Day and just days before the expected unveiling of a new energy and climate bill in the U.S. Senate, state officials, legal experts, and environmental groups called on the U.S. Senate to uphold the historic role that states have played in protecting the environment.

News Release | Environment California

Energy Efficient Buildings Would Save California Families More Than $800 Per Year, While Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

California families could save $822 every year on their energy bills by 2030 if the government invests in energy efficient buildings today, according to a new report by Environment California.  Energy efficiency in our buildings would also help California’s fight against global warming by reducing projected greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by 37 percent.

Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Building Better: How High-Efficiency Buildings Will Save Money and Reduce Global Warming

Over 40 percent of our energy – and 10 percent of all the energy used in the world – goes toward powering America’s buildings, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Today’s high-efficiency homes and buildings prove that we have the technology and skills to drastically improve the efficiency of our buildings while simultaneously improving their comfort and affordability. If we apply those lessons to all buildings, we can reduce overall building energy consumption 35 percent by 2030 and 50 percent by 2050.

News Release | Environment California

FPPC Complaint Filed on Valero Initiative

A statewide environmental advocacy group, Environment California, is filing a complaint to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) citing concerns that Valero Energy Corporation may have violated state law by not disclosing campaign contributions for its effort to suspend the state's clean energy law.

News Release | Environment California

California Continues Commitment to Solar Power

Culver City – On the roof of a solar-powered roof Macy’s in Culver City, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an important solar power bill today that was seen as a critical component of the state’s million solar roofs initiative.

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Incentives to rise for home solar arrays

A new law will double the cap on how much energy customers can sell back to utilities.

News Release | Environment California

California Continues Commitment to Solar Power

On the roof of a solar-powered roof Macy’s in Culver City, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an important solar power bill today that was seen as a critical component of the state’s million solar roofs initiative. The bill, AB 510, authored by Assembly member Nancy Skinnner, raised the cap on net metering to 5% from its previous level of 2.5%.

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Cheap Hot Water? Just Add Sunshine

"Solar hot water has been like the redheaded stepchild and not seen as sexy as electricity—but it should be," says Bernadette Del Chiaro, clean-energy program director for the not-for-profit advocacy group, Environment California, which helped sponsor the rebate program.

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Rebates for solar water heaters approved

A typical home solar water system costs from $5,000 to $7,000. Using one can cut a home's natural gas bill in half, said Bernadette Del Chiaro, clean energy advocate for Environment California, an environmental group. "This is another giant step forward for California making solar a mainstream technology," she said.

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Solar water heaters get a $350-million boost in California

California regulators approved a $350-million rebate offer today to encourage homes and businesses to install water-heating systems powered by solar energy.

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