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News Release | Environment California Research and Policy Center

New report: California and the nation are on the verge of a renewable future

Los Angeles -- Both California and the nation have more than enough capacity to build an energy system around clean, renewable resources, according to a new report released on Thursday by Environment California Research & Policy Center. The study, We Have the Power: Reaching America's potential for clean, renewable energy, comes as California energy regulators work to prevent more energy outages this summer and prepare for the retirement of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, while working to meet California’s 100% clean energy goals. 

The report found that all 50 states, including California, have sufficient solar or wind potential to meet current electricity needs, and that California has sufficient wind and solar potential to meet its 2020 electricity needs 40 times over. California is also among the 49 that have enough to do so under a 2050 scenario in which such energy uses as transportation and buildings run on electricity.

News Release | Environment California Research and Policy Center

Labor, Environment and Environmental Justice Coalition Praises California’s Agreement With Federal Government to Advance Offshore Wind Development

Sacramento, CA—A California-based coalition of climate, environmental justice, and labor organizations expressed strong support for an agreement struck by the state of California and the federal government to open up California coastal waters to offshore wind development for the first time.

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Lawmakers and public push Whole Foods to put “Planet Over Plastic” at upcoming annual meeting

AUSTIN, Texas --  Environment America Research & Policy Center, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Student PIRG sent 59,000 petitions and a letter signed by more than 40 state lawmakers Thursday to Whole Foods urging them to put planet over plastic.

News Release | Environment California

Statement: Biden moves toward allowing California to return to setting stricter vehicle emission standards

Our statement on the Biden Administration announcement to allow California to set stronger tailpipe emission standards than the federal government. 

News Release | Environment California

Statement: California first U.S. state to plan to end oil and gas drilling

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an directive Friday calling on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to make a plan to phase out oil and gas drilling no later than 2045 and to ban new permits for fracking by 2024.