California pursues ambitious climate and energy agenda


California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law dozens of environment and energy measures that lawmakers passed in the legislative session that ended September 11. 
Brown signed S.B. 350 to help achieve his goal of boosting the state's renewable energy standard from 30 percent by 2020 to 50 percent by 2030. The bill also aims to double the energy efficiency of existing buildings by 2030. Another climate-related bill signed by Brown that will affect the housing sector is a measure (A.B. 693) creating a program offering financial incentives for solar installations at multifamily affordable housing projects.
Brown signed a number of bills related to climate adaptation, including a one (A.B. 1482) requiring the Natural Resources Agency to update the state's climate adaptation plan by July 1, 2017, and then again every three years. The law also creates a framework for the Natural Resources Agency to coordinate adaptation efforts with other state agencies.
He also signed a bill (S.B. 246) establishing an Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program to coordinate regional and local adaptation efforts with state planning and a bill (S.B. 379) requiring cities and counties to include climate risk assessments and adaptation strategies in their general hazard mitigation plans by 2017. Local agencies without the plans will have until 2022 to identify risks and adaptation strategies.
Brown also signed these climate-related measures:
  • A.B. 793, requiring retail electric and gas companies to develop incentive programs by June 30, 2016, to encourage customers to use energy management technologies;
  • A.B. 1236, requiring cities and counties to create an expedited permitting and inspection process for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. 

From Bloomberg Climate and Energy Report (subscription required) 

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