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  • SENATE LEADER CASTS ENVIRONMENTAL PACKAGE AS JOBS BILL

    Posted: February 13, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    As we have previously reported, the Governor offered expanded goals in his State of the Union speech to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.  Those goals include establishing higher goals than set by AB 32 as objectives for 2030 and beyond:

    1. Increase from one-third to 50 percent our electricity derived from renewable sources.

    2. Reduce today’s petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent.

    3. Double the efficiency of existing buildings and make heating fuels cleaner.

    The Governor noted that in order to meet these goals a combination of legislation, regulation, and Executive Orders that may impact a wide variety of commercial real estate operations will be needed.

    Well, this week, Senate pro Tem Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and his democratic colleagues announced a package of legislation intended to codify these goals.  And they are referring to the measures as a “Jobs” bill.

    From new building energy standards, increased operational efficiencies of HVAC and ductwork, solar installations, to more EV Charging stations, the impact of these bills could be wide ranging.

    We are sharing proposals as they are offered, but want to be proactive and see what policy ideas our members may have and/or support that could help the state meet these goals.

    Click here to read about the measures.



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