Update: Bill to get more clean energy faster passes key committee

Update: Assembly committee on utilities and energy pass  bill to speed up clean energy deployment in California. 

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Dan Jacobson
Senior Advisor

Author: Dan Jacobson

Senior Advisor

(916) 446-8062 ext. 305

Started on staff: 1988
B.A., Franklin and Marshall University

Dan provides campaign strategy and policy guidance for Environment California's program and organizational plans.  He has successfully advocated for the passage of dozens of bills into law, including measures to ban toxic chemicals, bring 1 million solar roofs to California, and commit the state to divest from coal. He ran the campaign for SB 100, California’s law setting a goal of 100% clean energy by 2045. Dan was named one of Capitol Weekly’s “Top 100 Lobbyists” in California in 2008. 

An important bill to get more clean energy in California was voted out of a key committee today with 12 aye votes and 0 no votes. 3 Assembly members did not vote. I was a lead witness at the hearing speaking in support of the bill. 

California already has a plan to get to 100% clean energy by 2045, and a requirement to have 60% of our energy from renewables by 2030. But there is nothing to make sure that we get closer to 100% renewables in advance of 2045. SB1020 by Sen. Laird, would do three important things to accelerate our path to 100% renewable:

1. It sets benchmarks to get to 90% zero carbon electricity by 2035 and 95% by 2040. These important benchmarks will help to us get more renewable energy on the grid sooner. 

2. It requires that state agencies get 100% of their energy from clean energy sources by 2030. 

3. It sets up a clean energy trust fund to make sure that the cost to transition to a clean energy economy is not all on the backs of rate payers. 

The bill now heads to the Assembly natural resources committee for a final policy committee hearing. We will be supporting it all the way!

Dan Jacobson
Senior Advisor

Author: Dan Jacobson

Senior Advisor

(916) 446-8062 ext. 305

Started on staff: 1988
B.A., Franklin and Marshall University

Dan provides campaign strategy and policy guidance for Environment California's program and organizational plans.  He has successfully advocated for the passage of dozens of bills into law, including measures to ban toxic chemicals, bring 1 million solar roofs to California, and commit the state to divest from coal. He ran the campaign for SB 100, California’s law setting a goal of 100% clean energy by 2045. Dan was named one of Capitol Weekly’s “Top 100 Lobbyists” in California in 2008.