[NEWS] California Biomass Energy Alliance Applauds Passage of Climate Bill
– by Erin Voegele, August 25, 2016, Biomass Magazine
The California legislature recently passed legislation to extend the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets through 2030. One bill, SB 32, sets a target to reduce GHG emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The second bill, AB 197, gives the legislature greater oversight responsibility over climate policy implementation and helps ensure benefits reach disadvantaged communities. California Gov. Edmund Brown has indicated he will sign both bills.
SB 32 was sponsored by state Sen. Fran Pavley. In a statement, she said passage of the bill sends an “unmistakable signal to investors of California’s commitment to clean energy and clean air.” She added that the action “will trigger more investment and more jobs in our thriving clean-energy sector and solidify California’s leadership in demonstrating to the world that we can combat climate change while also spurring economic growth.” The bill codifies emissions reduction targets included in an executive order issued by Brown last year, removing any uncertainty over the state’s authority to extend its climate policies beyond the 2020 emissions-reduction target set by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB 32.