Energy plan takes a step forward

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 24, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

AB 1763 (Henry Perea, D-Fresno) would create a state energy plan that promotes economic growth, ensures reliable and affordable energy supplies, and positions California as a national and world energy market leader. This week the bill passed out of the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce.

AB 1763 requires the California Energy Commission to consult with relevant state and local government agencies, as well as interested stakeholders, to develop a report containing a state energy plan for 2030 and 2050 and submit it to the Governor and Legislature by January 2016.

The bill garnered widespread support from business organizations and associations throughout the state, including CMTA. Only the Sierra Club spoke in opposition to the bill stating that it is inconsistent with the goals of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, passed in 2006. However, AB 1763 specifically notes that it would not change any existing laws or regulations.

Perea noted that 38 other states have comprehensive energy plans. The California Business Roundtable said that “We strongly believe that California needs a comprehensive and coordinated energy plan that can make sense of our many individual policies and strategies and put them all in a larger context. With such a plan we will protect our energy supplies, promote economic growth and lead the nation and the world in environmental progress.”

Assembly Bill 1763 is a crucial step in the right direction and would set the stage for California to protect diverse, adequate, reliable and affordable energy supplies for the future. 

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