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

We're cutting global warming pollution.

Together, we’ve made hard-won progress in the race to protect our children from the worst consequences of global warming. This past June, after more than 3 million Americans urged President Obama to act on climate, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to limit carbon pollution from power plants — the single largest sources of global warming pollution. We’ll keep tackling global warming with you at our side.

Result

We brought more clean cars to California.

California’s pioneering clean cars standards, which we helped win in 2006, paved the way for President Obama to propose a major improvement in nationwide fuel efficiency standards: a fleetwide average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Meanwhile, we helped deliver more than 12,000 petitions calling on the California Air Resources Board to increase the number of emission-free vehicles on the road.

Jerry Brown hits the road for Tesla Motors' Model X

By | Dan Jacobson
Legislative Director

Gov. Jerry Brown will be making an appearance tonight as electric-car maker Tesla Motors unveils a new vehicle in Los Angeles County -- its Model X.

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