CIPL’s WEEK OF ADVOCACY IS JUNE 21 – 24. Send us an email for more information and to sign up for a meeting with your legislator.
The California legislative year has already been a whirlwind of activity with some losses, some wins, and more of both anticipated.
The major disappointment for thousands of climate activists and hundreds of groups was the failure of legislators to pass a 2,500 foot health and safety setback between oil and gas extraction and sensitive receptors such as homes, schools, recreational areas, and parks. Senator Scott Wiener stepped up to revive the setbacks – along with a phase out of oil drilling. SB 467 did not pass in committee, defeated again by Senator Hertzberg, along with Senators Hueso and Eggman. The fight continues with the California’s Department of Geologic Energy Management (CalGEM.) Alongside frontline communities like Center for Race, Poverty & the Environment and STAND-LA, CIPL advocates and staff are watching CalGEM closely, and anticipating its setback rule-making proposal. We are ready to jump into action on next steps.
In the meantime, many strong legislative bills are heading to the House and Senate Floor for votes. CIPL has supported many focused on pollution reduction and renewable energy, including:
- AB 117 (Horvath) allowing for electric bike rebates
- AB 585 (Rivas) addressing strategies to implement extreme heat resiliency centers
- AB 896 (Bennett) making owners of abandoned wells responsible for their clean up
- AB 962 (Kamlager) have returnable beverage bottles be cleaned and re-used, rather than recycled
- AB 1276 (Carillo) reducing unnecessary food serviceware
- SB 47 (Limon) allowing up to $10,000,000 annually for plugging abandoned wels
- SB 99 (Dodd) calling for the creation of a program to develop community energy resilience plans, prioritizing under-served communities
- SB 373 (Leyva) establishing the Medium- and Heavy-Duty ZEV Fleet Purchasing program to facilitate the transition to clean transport trucks
CIPL, along with a number of other organizations, is opposing AB 1139 (Gonzalez), which aims to drastically reduce the payback amount of solar customers’ excess energy by utilities. CIPL will hold a forum on this bill, and Net Metering in general, on Monday, June 21, 1:00pm. Click here for more information and to register.
Stay tuned for info on key bills’ process and details about CIPL’s upcoming Week of Advocacy June 21-24.