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News Release | Environment California

Assembly Appropriations Passes Bill to Speed Adoption of Electric Vehicles in Every Community

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Appropriations Committee weighed in with support for the Charge Ahead California Initiative (SB 1275 - De León) on Thursday, bringing the state one step closer to adopting a goal of putting one million electric vehicles on California roads in ten years, and reinforcing provisions that guarantee that low- and middle-income Californians are full participants in the Golden State’s clean vehicle future. 

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News Release | Environment California

Plastic Bag Ban Bill Passes Key Vote

California is a step closer to banning single-use plastic bags statewide thanks to the leadership of Assemblymember Mike Gatto and Senators Alex Padilla, Kevin de León, and Ricardo Lara. The bill, SB 270 cleared a key vote in Assemblymember Gatto’s Appropriations Committee, the last hurdle before reaching a floor vote by the full Assembly. SB 270 will ban single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and food marts.  

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

100 Businesses Urge Obama to Protect Berryessa-Snow Mountain

Sacramento – One hundred local businesses released a letter calling on President Obama to protect California’s Berryessa-Snow Mountain region as a national monument. The region, which spans 350,000 acres north of Napa up to the Mendocino National Forest, is a haven for rare wildlife and a popular destination for hiking, boating, and outdoor recreation.

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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Lighting the Way

The Top 10 states with the most solar electricity installed per capita account for only 26 percent of the U.S. population but 87 percent of the nation’s total installed solar electricity capacity. These 10 states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico and North Carolina – possess strong policies that are enabling increasing numbers of homeowners, businesses, communities and utilities to “go solar.”

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

New Report Finds California Solar Installations Nearly Doubled in 2013

Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center released a new report:  Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013, ranking California 1st in the nation for installed solar capacity and 4th for installed solar capacity per capita (up from 6th place in 2012). The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun.

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