CA Lawmakers Pass Bill to Require 100% Clean Energy Statewide

Lawmakers ignore the additional $3.2 billion in costs in SB 1020, which will be passed on to 27 million ratepayers

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Assembly Bill 1020, a bill to establish 100% clean energy statewide, and require state agencies to accelerate their 100% clean energy policy goal by 10 years, passed the Senate Tuesday. This is just one of many 2022 climate change bills being passed by the Legislature.

Sen. Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) railed against the bill critical of propping up a lofty goal with no plan on how to achieve this.

He’s right. California lawmakers have a long history of this laissez faire style of legislating: lawmakers pass the vague law, and then allow unelected, politically appointed regulatory officials and agencies to write the laws and implementation process.

The state has passed ambitious greenhouse gas reduction and clean energy goals since 2006 when AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

At that time, AB 32 required statewide greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced to at least 40% below the 1990 level by 2020. But the state achieved that in only a few short years, largely because California did not have much greenhouse gas pollution, so lawmakers moved the goal posts out to 2030, which allowed the state to continue passing more and more strict regulations and laws.

Why should anyone care about AB 32 and its debilitating regulations?

AB 32 directs the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to be the lead agency to implement the law.  The Climate Action Team, made up of relevant state agencies, is charged with helping direct state efforts on the reduction of GHG emissions and engaging state agencies.

The Climate Action Team includes:

  • California Environmental Protection Agency
  • Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
  • California Air Resources Board
  • Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency
  • Government Operations Agency
  • California Natural Resources Agency
  • California Department of Public Health
  • Office of Emergency Services
  • California Transportation Agency
  • California Energy Commission
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Water Resources
  • Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
  • State Water Resources Control Board

California lawmakers also passed Senate Bill 2, the Renewable Portfolio Standard program in 2011, which required all retail sellers of electricity and publicly owned utilities to buy 33 percent of the electricity delivered to their retail customers from renewable resources by 2020.

Again, the goalposts were moved and now electricity providers must each meet at least 50% of their electrical load from renewable energy resources by December 31, 2026, and at least 60% by December 31, 2030.

State law – codified under SB 100 (De León), establishes the policy that eligible renewable energy resources and zero-carbon resources supply 100% of all retail sales of electricity to California end-use customers and 100% of electricity procured to serve all state agencies by December 31, 2045, the “100% clean energy policy.”

Bill analysis published opposition to SB 1020: “The Western Electrical Contractors Association writes in opposition to the bill’s requirements of project labor agreements on state agency procurement, claiming the requirement will raise costs, reduce competition and discriminate against otherwise qualified workers. The State Water Contractors and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California have an Oppose Unless Amended position on the bill, citing cost concerns from the accelerated procurement required for SWP. A coalition of environmental and environmental justice organizations have an Oppose Unless Amended position on the bill, noting their concern with policies – such as RPS – which provide incentives to bioenergy production, specifically from dairy digester biomethane.”

Notably, lawmakers ignored the additional $3.2 billion in costs in SB 1020 to the Department of Water Resources, which will pass the costs on to the 27 million ratepayers of 29 public water agencies of the State Water Project.

Click here to read the full article at California Globe

Comments

  1. Robert Wilson says

    PROBABLY THE WORST LAW EVER PASSED IN THE STATE!!!!!!

  2. If this is ever implemented in fact, there will be a crash of the grid. With so many brownouts and blackouts, only if the wi-fi and cell towers that so many depend on are cut off will the people finally take notice that there is a cost to sweeping vague programs. If Scott Wiener and his sycophants are voted out, it would go a long way towards the State’s regaining some semblance of rationality.

  3. The fools in Sacto completely ignore what is happening in Europe and the UK who jumped on the “clean energy” wagon years before the USA. Now they are turning off street signs and warning about the COLD winter coming. They shut down all of their nuclear plants (except France) and think that wind/solar will save them. Well, Mr. Putin ended up pulling the strings that controls oil and gas coming into Europe. See how well that worked out Sacto? As long as the sheeple keep electing fools like Newscom and his ilk, Kaliforniastan will follow Europe soon. Let’s see, we have a wild heat spell and are being told to conserve energy between 4 and 9PM. Isn’t that the time the sun DOESN’T shine? And of course go out and buy a $60K electric car because there is a LOT of electricity to charge it. Remember that in a few years all gas powered cars will die thanks to the Clairol Kid.

  4. Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead! They are zealots and this is their crusade. They will impose their will and damn those who suffer the consequences, Scott Wiener couldn’t care less.

  5. Disgusted in California says

    Ha ha ha!!! BUT – all you dummies who believe this crap – do NOT try and charge your EVs this weekend. With temps up over 100, the grid WILL FAIL – – and it will be YOUR fault. Seriously – how stupid can one be??? It costs MORE money to charge an EV than to put in gas – –
    It takes longer to charge an EV than put in gas –
    You will most likely have to wait longer to charge your EV than to get to a gas pump –
    Those batteries are super expensive – way more than a gas engine – –
    Those batteries rely on kids to mine the elements needed – when they should be in school – AND endangering their health – –
    NOT TO MENTION – there’s a limited supply of those elements – so WHAT are ya gonna do when that runs out?????

    Brilliant – lemmings – follow the Nuisance right off the pier – only hope that idiot goes FIRST!!!!! Green – yeah – – sure!!!!!

    Just like Covid – FOLLOW the science – FOLLOW the $$!!!!

  6. It’s not about “clean energy”, it’s about power and control. The goal is to expand poverty and dependence and erase the middle class.

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