Environment California Research and Policy Center Latest Blog Posts

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Laura Deehan
State Director, Environment California

In the debate about how much rooftop solar owners should be paid for the electricity they generate, some of the most important benefits usually get left out. From helping to protect land and fragile ecosystems...

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Dan Jacobson
Senior Advisor

Workshop to Present Next Steps for Considering Offshore Wind Energy off the California Coast

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Laura Deehan
State Director, Environment California

On June 24, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) controversially adopted a change to the state’s Avoided Cost Calculator. This calculator is a key tool the CPUC uses to measure the ‘avoided costs’ to society from distributed energy resources. Their decision could adversely affect the future of rooftop solar and energy efficiency. At the CPUC hearing Environment California State Director Laura Deehan testified against the change

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Steve Blackledge
Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign

This marine protected area helped marine life recover from near-total destruction. 

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Dan Jacobson
Senior Advisor

On June 3rd, 2021, the California Energy Commission (CEC) jointly conducted a workshop with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to initiate a process to explore next steps to plan for the development of resources that will be required to achieve the goals of Senate Bill 100 (SB 100). Here is Dan Jacobson's statement that he shared with the participants. 

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Steve Blackledge
Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign

New life abounds when we protect ocean habitats. Case in point, the population of the endangered black abalone rebounded inside of California's marine protected areas within five years of their creation. 

Our new progress report finds that despite the need to rebuild many federal agencies and tackle the COVID-19 crisis, the Biden administration has already taken numerous steps to restore environmental protections.

As an ode to the planet we love, we launched a Valentine's Day week of action to encourage Whole Foods to prioritize its relationship with the planet over plastic.

Out of the gates, here’s what President Biden did for America’s wildlife.

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Malia Libby
Save the Bees, Associate

The butterfly’s plummeting population warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act, and now is the time for action.