News Release | Environment California

Our Response: Brown's State of the State Address

In Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address delivered today, energy solutions, like solar and wind power, and transportation alternatives, like high-speed rail, were featured prominently as ways to keep California moving toward a brighter future.

News Release | Environment California

President Obama, Congress Save Wind Power in Fiscal Cliff Agreement

Los Angeles– Today President Obama will sign into law a bill that extends key tax credits for wind power and averts the ‘fiscal cliff.’ The main federal incentives for wind power – the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the offshore wind Investment Tax Credit (ITC) – expired on December 31, 2012, but with today’s new law will now be available for wind power projects that start construction over the next year, allowing for continued growth of Californian and American wind power.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Greening the Bottom Line in Century City

In Los Angeles’s Century City, being green pays off. Standing at the base of the landmark skyscrapers known as Century Plaza Towers on the city’s westside, environmentalists joined with the Los Angeles Business Council Institute, prominent business leaders and elected officials to put a spotlight on how California businesses and property owners are embracing clean energy solutions and saving money.

Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Greening the Bottom Line 2012

All across California, businesses, farms, government agencies, schools and nonprofits are demonstrating that action to reduce heat-trapping emissions can improve competitiveness and strengthen the bottom line. Energy efficiency measures and clean energy projects reduce waste, cut energy costs, limit exposure to fossil fuel price spikes, and attract environmentally aware customers.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Wind Energy Prevents As Much Global Warming Pollution As Taking 897,000 Cars Off The Road

California wind farms currently generate energy equivalent to powering 1.2 million homes.  In 2011, California installed more new wind capacity than any other state in the nation.  If wind development continues through 2016 at a pace comparable to that of recent years, California will reduce global warming pollution by as much as taking an additional 925,000 cars off the road and will save enough water to meet the needs of an additional 40,100 people.

Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Making the Grade with Clean Energy

Solar energy makes sense for California’s schools. This first-of-its-kind report presents case studies from 18 California school districts that have installed solar energy projects at nearly 200 schools combined, illustrating the environmental, economic and educational benefits of going solar in our schools.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Obama Admin. Finalizes Historic Clean Car Standards

Today the Obama administration finalized new clean car standards that will double the fuel efficiency of today’s vehicles by 2025, drastically reducing emissions of carbon pollution and cutting oil use nationwide.  The standards will cover new cars and light trucks in model years 2017-2025, and require those vehicles to meet the equivalent of a 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard by 2025. 

News Release | Environment California

At Public Forum, Californians Will Tell EPA: Protect Us From Deadly Pollution

Socorro Hernandez's three children are all avid athletes. But when the air quality in Fresno, CA is bad—as it often is—her 10-year-old twins, both soccer lovers with asthma, and her 16-year-old football player are forced indoors even though they'd rather be at practice.

Result

Leading the fight against global warming

Environment California helped our state become first in the nation to implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade plan in 2011. We also released research and launched a public education campaign to promote more ways to save energy and cut global warming emissions.

Result

We reached a major clean energy milestone.

Thanks in large part to our Million Solar Roofs Initiative, California now generates one gigawatt of power through rooftop solar panels — the equivalent energy of two coal-fired power plants and more than all but five nations worldwide. Policies we helped win — and others for which we're fighting now — will lead to even more solar panels sprouting up on farms, schools, military bases, businesses and homes across the state, reducing air pollution, fighting global warming and creating local jobs.

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