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California Governor, Legislature miss opportunity to significantly improve California’s power grid reliability in new budget deal

Posted by Cayli Baker on Jun 30, 2022

Budget agreement opens the door to extending the life of fossil fuel generation and misses the mark on creating a more reliable, clean and affordable grid system

SACRAMENTO, June 30, 2022 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) responded to the California Legislature’s passage late Wednesday of new budget trailer bills that include billions of dollars for clean energy and transportation investments while also allowing aging fossil fuel power plants to keep running longer beyond planned retirement. 

“AEE is pleased to see multi-year investments go towards critical clean energy and zero-emission transportation solutions such as electric school buses, however the latest budget package also puts valuable state resources toward keeping polluting, uneconomic power plants online,” said Emilie Olson, policy principal at AEE. “The plan to strengthen energy reliability is lacking and at odds with California’s climate leadership. Going forward, the Governor and Legislature should call on a much more comprehensive set of solutions that combine large-scale and localized clean energy strategies to address unmet electricity demand. 

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Topics: State Policy, California Engagement, Press Releases, Emilie Olson

National Business Association Joins Utilities In Filing Motion to Defend California’s Clean Air Act Waiver For Vehicle Emissions

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 14, 2022

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2022 – Today, national business association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) joined with public utilities and privately owned power generators in filing a motion to intervene in the U.S. Court of Appeals case Ohio v. EPA with the intent of defending the Biden Administration’s reinstatement of California’s long-standing Clean Air Act waiver. That waiver allows the state to set vehicle emissions standards that are more protective of public health than federal standards, and to implement zero-emissions standards for light-duty vehicles, both of which other states are allowed to adopt as well.

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Topics: Federal Policy, California Engagement, EPA GHG Regs, Press Releases, Jeff Dennis

AEE-Sponsored Electric School Bus Bill Unanimously Approved by California Assembly

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 1, 2022

Legislation to speed up the transition to electric school buses now moves to the state Senate

SACRAMENTO, June 1, 2022 – California's Clean and Healthy School Bus Act (AB 2731) was approved 57-0 by California’s State Assembly last week, a major step toward speeding up the transition to zero-emission school buses that save schools money and don’t harm young lungs. 

Proposed by Assemblymember Phil Ting (District 19) and sponsored by AEE, AB 2731 is designed to help school districts access the long-term economic benefits of switching to zero-emission school buses by allowing for longer vehicle lease terms, as well as setting a 2035 statewide Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) school bus sales goal. California currently caps lease terms for contracted school buses at five years. Extending the lease terms to 15 years would substantially improve the economics of transitioning to electric school buses for school districts. 

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Topics: California Engagement, Press Releases, electric vehicles, Emilie Olson, Electric school buses

California Governor doubles down on clean energy investments

Posted by Cayli Baker on Jan 10, 2022

Newsom’s proposed budget promises historic investments in clean transportation and clean energy, boosting the state’s efforts to get to a 100% clean energy and transportation system. 

SACRAMENTO, January 10, 2022 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) commended Governor Newsom for proposing over $6 billion in clean transportation and $2 billion in clean energy investments in today’s budget release. An investment of this scale will encourage additional zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) and advanced energy development in the state and put dollars to work in local communities to create new jobs and opportunities.  

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Topics: California Engagement, Press Releases

S&P Global: Newsom pitches $8B to accelerate Calif. clean energy, transportation

Posted by Garrett Hering on Jan 10, 2022

S&P Global quoted AEE's Amisha Rai on Governor Newsom's $8 billion proposal for new investments in clean energy and transportation. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Jan. 10 pitched more than $8 billion in new investments into clean energy and transportation as part of California's budget, citing the need to decarbonize the Golden State's economy and keep climate change in check while developing new business opportunities.

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Topics: State Policy, California Engagement, AEE In The News, Amisha Rai

New California poll shows majority support for Governor Newsom’s transportation electrification policies

Posted by Adam Winer on Sep 8, 2021

Californians also support Congress passing an infrastructure bill to help electrify transportation and modernize California’s energy infrastructure

SACRAMENTO, September 8, 2021 – Efforts to electrify California’s transportation are welcomed by a majority of residents, according to a new statewide poll conducted by YouGov for Advanced Energy Economy Institute, a nonprofit educational affiliate of national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).

51 percent of California residents say they approve of Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order that would require all new passenger cars and trucks sold in California to be zero-emission by 2035. Only 29 percent of California residents say they disapprove of the order, and 20 percent remain unsure.

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Topics: California Engagement, Advanced Transportation, Press Releases, electric vehicles