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New award recognizes California leadership in zero net energy schools

California is leading the nation in the transformation of K-12 schools and community colleges to zero net energy (ZNE) performance. To honor early innovation and leadership in this market, nine inaugural ZNE School Leadership Awards were given on behalf of the California Investor owned Utilities Prop 39 ZNE School Pilot Program to showcase the people, buildings and districts that are driving this new standard for school environments. ZNE schools are high performance buildings that combine energy efficiency and renewable energy resources to produce at least as much energy as they consume annually.

Roadmap Released for a ‘Smart from the Start’ #CleanEnergy Future in California Desert

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized the first phase of theDesert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) on public lands, a conservation strategy developed by the state of California, the federal government and conservation stakeholders, including Defenders of Wildlife. The plan identifies smart from the start areas for renewable energy development that avoids or minimizes adverse effects on wildlife.

Reps. Huffman & Thompson Applaud Obama Administration’s “Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative”

its bold new announcement of a cross government partnership, the “Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative,” which includes an expansion of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. This administrative action comes after Reps. Huffman and Thompson urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to enable veterans to receive VA-secured home loans to take advantage of PACE programs.

CPUC, ENERGY COMMISSION, AND NBI ANNOUNCE MILESTONE TOWARD ACHIEVING STATEWIDE ZERO NET ENERGY...

The California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, and the New Buildings Institute (NBI) today announced that California continues the march toward its zero net energy (ZNE) goals, with 108 new and renovated commercial buildings that have been either verified as generating as much energy as they consume or are working toward that target.

Green Energy Executive Orders

The House of Representative today passed an amendment offered by Congressman McClintock to forbid scarce defense dollars from being spent to fund Green Energy Executive Orders. The amendment was adopted to the 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill. The Congressman's remarks in support of the amendment are attached

Environment California Kicks Off Public Education Effort for 100% Clean, Renewable Energy

Environment California Research & Policy Center will deploy hundreds of door-knockers this summer as part of a multi-million-dollar effort to educate Americans about the possibility of 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

Mayor Garcetti Announces Streamlined Solar Program for Los Angeles Residents, Businesses

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the roll-out of a revamped solar energy program, which will enable thousands of Angelenos to produce and utilize solar power with greater speed and efficiency

STREAMLINING THE RESIDENTIAL SOLAR PERMIT PROCESS

Streamlining the permit process for solar energy installation will encourage the effective development of solar technology, and minimize the obstacles and permit costs for installation. Residential solar permitting fees have been reduced, saving more than half in permit costs. Previously, the permit fee for a residential solar system topped $1,000; however, with the new process, fees have been reduced to $304.

U.S. EPA Honors 2015 Green Power Leaders in California

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards to seven businesses across California. “These organizations demonstrate that green power is an affordable investment that provides reliable energy while fighting global warming.”

Solar Industry Applauds Passage of SB 350

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today praised the passage of California’s Senate Bill 350, the leadership of the bill’s sponsor and champion, Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leòn, and Gov. Jerry Brown, who earlier this year set out the ambitious vision of meeting 50 percent of the state’s electricity needs with renewable energy. In addition to increasing energy efficiency in buildings, the bill increases the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 50 percent by 2030.

California Wins as Top Solar State in the Country

In 2014, California not only led the nation in total installed solar electric capacity, with solar power generating more than 5 percent of the state’s total electricity consumption, but the Golden State also added more installed solar capacity last year than all other states combined, according to a new report released today by Environment California Research & Policy Center.

THOMPSON SECURES MORE THAN $2 MILLION FOR AMERICAN CANYON GREEN ISLAND INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) today announced a $2,438,681 Economic Development Administration (EDA) investment which will support roadway and infrastructure improvements to the Green Island Industrial District (GRID) in American Canyon. The funds will be used to help reconstruct Green Island Road, a goods movement corridor for the GRID. In August, 2014 Thompson urged Northern California’s EDA representative to support the City of American Canyon’s application for federal funding.

EPA and Tribal Workgroup Launch Toolkit to Support Tribal Green Building

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its Tribal Green Building Codes Workgroup—which consists of representatives from tribal nations and federal agencies—announced a new toolkit designed to assist tribes to prioritize and implement healthy, green building policies and practices

Increased Wildlife Protections Secured for California Solar Flats Project in Monterey County

Conservation groups have reached an agreement with the First Solar, Inc. to provide additional conservation protections to wild lands and wildlife as part of construction of the California Flats Solar Project, a proposed 280-megawatt solar energy project in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties.

Amendments Forbidding Defense Dollars From Being Spent on Coal Earmark and Green Energy Mandates...

An amendment authored by Congressman McClintock and a bi-partisan amendment co-authored with Congressman Jared Huffman have been adopted by the House of Representatives to H.R. 2685 - FY16 Department of Defense Appropriations Act.

Dr. Ruiz Urges Department of Interior to Include the Salton Sea in the Desert...

Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) wrote Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel asking that the Department of the Interior (DOI) move forward with the federal portion of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) and ensure that lands at and underneath the Salton Sea are designated as a renewable energy Development Focus Area.

Mayor Garcetti Breaks Ground on Major Water Recycling Project

On Earth Day and amid this historic drought, Mayor Garcetti today broke ground on the Terminal Island Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF) Expansion project. Once completed in 2017, the expanded plant will produce 12 million gallons of purified recycled water daily, more than doubling the current production. Twelve million gallons is equivalent to the amount used by 67,000 Angelenos every day

Mayor Launches L.A.’S First-Ever Sustainable City Plan

Sets targets and details actions in 14 categories  to improve city's environment, economy and equity in anticipation of 500,000 more Angelenos by 2035; achieves progress by 2017 on issues like water conservation, clean energy, waste, green jobs, transportation, and air quality

Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan ‘Phased Approach’ Raises Concerns for CA Desert Conservation

After receiving more than 20,000 public comments on the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), federal and state agencies today announced that they will finalize the plan in a “phased” approach – moving forward with large-scale renewable energy development and conservation on public lands in the California desert while slowing down the planning effort on the private lands

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Pelosi Remarks at Hunters View Community Commemoration Ceremony

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Board of Supervisors President London Breed, Supervisor Malia Cohen and community leaders to honor the newly opened Hunters View Community Housing. Below is a transcript of the Leader’s remarks

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CBRE National Retail Partners West Completes Sale of BeachWalk in Solana...

CBRE’s John Read announced that his National Retail Partners – West (NRP-West) team along with Reg Kobzi in CBRE’s San Diego office completed the sale of BeachWalk, a 54,973 square-foot coastal retail center in the city of Solana Beach, Calif. Situated along Highway 101, the property is steps to the Pacific Ocean, walking distance to the Cedros Design District and Amtrak Train Station, and less than a mile from the world famous Del Mar Fairgrounds, site of the Del Mar Racetrack. The sale price was $33.25 million. More...