AB 961 Would Require CPUC to Consider Benefits Like Cleaner Air, Improved Health, Jobs in Underserved Communities
Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022 (office), 415-846-7758 (cell)
SACRAMENTO — On Wednesday, April 10, the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy will take up a bill to require the California Public Utilities Commission to consider “non-energy benefits” – impacts like job creation and improved public health – when evaluating clean energy projects. Environmental justice advocates consider it essential for the state to look beyond direct, energy-related impacts and consider the many other benefits that clean energy projects typically bring to underserved communities, which often struggle with high pollution levels and a lack of economic opportunities.
WHAT: Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy hearing on AB 961
WHO: Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, Greenlining Institute Energy Equity Legal Counsel Madeline Stano, Self-Help Enterprises West Goshen Community Member, Lucy Hernandez
WHERE: State Capitol, Room 437
WHEN: Wednesday, April 10, upon adjournment of the Communications and Conveyance Committee (approximately 1:30 p.m.)
For further background on the bill, see Madeline Stano’s recent blog post.