Clean Energy Benefits for Environmental Justice Communities: Support AB 961

Clean Energy Benefits for Environmental Justice Communities: Support AB 961

Assembly Bill 961, the Community Energy Benefits Act is being championed by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes. If enacted into law, AB 961 would remove one of the key policy barriers reducing beneficial clean energy investments in low-income communities of color. California leads the nation on clean energy technological innovation and climate policy, but the benefits of these efforts often don’t reach low-income communities of color. That’s in part because of a fatal flaw in how we measure the benefits that clean energy programs can bring to environmental justice communities – the low-income neighborhoods that get stuck with the worst pollution. California’s Clean Energy Challenge Low-income communities of color experience three…
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California Public Utilities Commission Approves Over $60 Million for Clean Energy Research Projects Benefiting Low-Income and Disadvantaged Communities

California Public Utilities Commission Approves Over $60 Million for Clean Energy Research Projects Benefiting Low-Income and Disadvantaged Communities

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a final decision Tuesday on funding its clean energy research program for 2018-2020. The Decision allocates $555,000,000 for EPIC – The Electric Program Investment Charge (don’t you love energy acronyms?). For the first time, the California Energy Commission must allocate $60 million of its EPIC funding to projects located in and benefiting low-income and disadvantaged communities. The decision implements new requirements created by Assembly Bill 523 . Authored by Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino), AB 523 was a project of the California Environmental Justice Alliance team of the 2017 Women’s Policy Institute. The first of its kind in the nation, the bill directs at…
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