News Release | Environment California

Santa delivers critical solar and wind energy victories in time for Christmas

With just days to go before 2015 ends, Congress and Governor Brown have taken concrete steps to ensure that California continues to lead the country on solar power.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Hundreds Protest SCE’s Anti-Solar Proposal near California Public Utility Commission’s LA Headquarters

More than 300 Southern Californians, armed with signs and chants, rallied on Wednesday to protest Southern California Edison’s (SCE) proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that would cripple rooftop solar power and eliminate consumer choice.

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As a part of our solar photo contest, Environment America members sent us pictures and stories to say why they love the sun. The entries we received inspired us. In fact, we got so many great stories and photos that, along with our guest judges, we need your help to choose a winner. Vote today. 

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News Release | Environment California

California Assembly Passes Critical Climate Change Bill with Bipartisan Support

Today, the California State Assembly took major steps forward in the fight for a cleaner, healthier future for all by passing Senate Bill 350. Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León’s SB 350 requires 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources and doubles energy efficiency in buildings, both by 2030.

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.

Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Lighting the Way

Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

California's Solar Success Story

A future in which solar energy is increasingly abundant and cost-competitive was the goal envisioned by policymakers a decade ago when California adopted the landmark Million Solar Roofs Initiative (SB 1, 2006). The decade-long, $3.3 billion initiative was designed to pave the way for a clean energy future – bringing solar energy within reach of more California residents and businesses. California’s Million Solar Roofs Initiative is a success – bringing a future of abundant renewable energy within closer reach.

Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Shining Rewards

Net energy metering has been instrumental in the growth of solar energy, particularly on homes and businesses. Net energy metering enables solar panel owners to earn fair compensation for benefits they provide to other users of the electricity grid, and makes “going solar” an affordable option for more people. A review of 11 recent analyses shows that individuals and businesses that decide to “go solar” generally deliver greater benefits to the grid and society than they receive through net metering. Decision-makers should recognize the great value delivered by distributed solar energy by preserving and expanding access to net metering and other programs that ensure fair compensation to Americans who install solar energy.

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