What Others Are Saying on SB100

What Others are Saying

Aggregate of supporters on one letter

Includes EDF, NRDC, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, to name a few

"The undersigned organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of Californians throughout the State, write in support of this important legislation. We thank the Pro Tem for his leadership on raising the Renewable Portfolio Standard and advancing our path toward a 100 percent clean energy future."

Bernadette Del Chiaro

Executive Director, California Solar Energy Industries Association

“Transitioning to a 100% carbon-free future in an economy the size of California’s requires persistence, commitment, and vision.  CALSEIA stands at the ready in creating the local jobs, carbon-free electricity, and grid reliability that comes with this cleaner future.” 

Bonnie Holmes-Gen

Senior Director of Air Quality and Climate Change, American Lung Association

“Emissions from fossil fuel energy production contribute to ozone and particle pollution, which leads to higher asthma rates and lung cancer cases, hospitalizations, and even early death. Reducing carbon pollution will improve local air quality and save lives.”

Cal CCA

"Despite the claims of job loss from some CCA detractors over the years, no evidence has been presented in the Legislature to support that claim. To the contrary, CCA renewable procurement has resulted in new steel in the ground in California, totaling over $2 billion in renewable energy investments, as well as the jobs associated with those projects. Moreover, almost all of these new renewable energy projects are built with project labor agreements. Simply put, CCAs have created high paying, local jobs and will continue to do so as part of our core mission."

Cal Wind Energy Association

"Your goal of fully decarbonizing the electric sector by 2045 is in keeping with studies showing that it will be far more difficult to address greenhouse gas emissions in other sectors of the economy. Thus, achieving 80% GHG reductions by 2050, which is necessary to stabilize the climate, will require eliminating carbon emissions from the electric sector. CalWEA is confident that a 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2045 is technically achievable. California is ahead of schedule in meeting its 2020 33% RPS goal because it has successfully met the challenges associated with renewable energy resources. Planning now for a 100% RPS will ensure a smooth and efficient transition to a carbon-free electricity future."

CEJA Letter

Includes some of EJ groups

"Senate Bill 100 (de Leon) helps to ensure additional direct emission reductions from the electricity sector. Direct reductions benefit communities living near fossil-fuel power plants, which emit a range of air pollutants that adversely affect the health of those communities. Therefore, by increasing the renewable portfolio standard requirement, California will achieve greater pollution reduction and healthier, sustainable communities."

Ceres

"In 2015 Ceres and many of our business partners supported SB 350, which extended California’s RPS to ensure that 50% of retail electricity sales in California are generated from eligible renewable resources by 2030. By further accelerating and expanding California’s clean energy targets, SB 100 will help position the state to achieve its economy-wide greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. In addition, this policy proposal takes the visionary step of establishing a goal to supply all end-use electricity needs with zero-carbon resources by 2045. Doing so will create momentum for the state to begin taking the necessary steps to dramatically transition away from the use of fossil fuels."

Coalition of EJ

"Increasing the requirements of California’s RPS over the next 13 years will provide the necessary market signal to make additional clean energy investments in California, and help position the state to achieve its economy-wide greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. In addition, this bill takes the visionary step of establishing a goal to supply all end-use electricity needs with zero-carbon resources by 2045. Doing so will create momentum for the state to begin taking the necessary steps to dramatically transition away from the use of fossil fuels."

Dan Jacobson

State Director, Environment California

“We applaud Senator De León’s vision of a rapid, steady transition from the dirty electricity that has been polluting our environment and our communities for far too long to clean, renewable electricity. Environment California is committed to a 100 percent renewable energy future and we support this bill 100 percent.”

Fix the Grid

"On behalf of the Fix the Grid Coalition, made up of environmental NGOs, renewable companies and manufacturers, we write to express our support for the SB 100 (DeLeon). California is poised to set an entirely new standard for clean energy – the creation of a low carbon grid. The Fix the Grid Coalition writes to urge you to continue to develop and to pass Senate Bill 100, which will put California firmly on the path to achieving a 100% clean electricity supply."

Fossil Free CA

"Building on SB 350, SB 32, and AB 32, SB 100 will provide California’s state agencies, utilities, and businesses with the certainty they need to reach our ambitious – but doable – goal, as we show other states and the world that this is possible."

Jan Smutny-Jones

CEO, Independent Energy Owners

“SB 100 builds off of California’s great progress in lowering carbon emissions. We are confident that the renewable requirements in SB 100 can be met with a well balanced portfolio of renewable energy resources. We look forward to working with Senator de León to ensure California’s energy needs are met with reliable, affordable and clean resources.”

Jim Woodruff

President, Large-scale Solar Association

"Not only is this vision essential for the world at large, but a fully renewable grid also secures California’s place at the forefront of one of the most significant economic transformations in the history of our planet.”

Kathryn Phillips

Director, Sierra Club California

“Getting 100 percent renewable is 100 percent possible and 200 percent necessary. SB 100 responds to what survey after survey shows that Californians want: clean energy, clean air and a future for the next generation." 

LA City Council Resolution

Procuring renewable electricity resources is essential to meeting the state’s climate change goals by displacing fossil fuel consumption and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases associated with electrical generation; and

WHEREAS, procuring renewable electricity resources provides critical reducing air pollution, particularly criteria pollutant emissions and toxic air contaminants; and

WHEREAS, procuring renewable electricity resources can promote stable retail rates for electrical service, meet the state’s need for a diversified and balanced energy generation portfolio, assist with meeting the state’s resource adequacy requirements, and contribute to the safe the reliable operation of the electrical grid; and

WHEREAS, clean energy jobs are growing at a much higher rate than the state’s overall economy—six times the rate in 2015. 

Large-scale Solar Association

"As of this year California has approximately 9,800MW of installed utility-scale solar capacity, creating more than 30,000 construction jobs in 2016 alone, and in some of the state’s most disadvantaged communities. These projects will provide enough solar energy to power approximately 1.8M homes in California. Additionally, the long-term contracts for this power source provide an important price hedge against the volatility of conventional power sources.

A continuation of the RPS current market mechanism is necessary in order to maintain clean energy momentum, to send clear signals to the market, and to continue the state’s economic success as a destination point for renewable energy development. The Investor Owned Utilities are on track to exceed 40% renewable energy by 2020, putting achievement of a 50% RPS by 2025 and 60% by 2030 well within reach. Additionally, the exponential decline in the price of solar and wind technologies will further serve the interest of the state’s ratepayers."

Laura Wisland

Senior Energy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists

“Increasing the requirements of California’s RPS over the next 13 years will improve air quality, boost our economy and provide the necessary market signals for additional clean energy investments in California. Today, our state is a world leader on clean energy investment and adoption. SB100 would continue creating momentum for California to dramatically transition away from the use of fossil fuels and reduce the emissions that are warming our planet.”

Laura Wisland

Senior Energy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists

“Powering the most populous and prosperous state in the country on 100 percent carbon-free electricity is bold, aspirational and achievable.  Technology is already available to help the grid run on very large quantities of renewables, and the cost of investments needed to make this happen are coming down.  We applaud Senate Leader de León for his vision and leadership.  This bill will jump-start the research effort to securely ease us off fossil fuels.  Showing the world how to run a grid on 100 percent carbon-free generation would provide a blueprint for significant cuts in global warming emissions."

Nancy Rader

Executive Director, California Wind Energy Association

“Collectively, we have learned so much on the way to achieving 33% renewables – technically, legally and commercially – that we are confident that advancing the 50% renewables target to 2026 and setting a 100% clean-energy target for 2045 are both technically and affordably achievable.  Further, raising the 2023 target to 45% will provide a much-needed boost to the near-term renewables market, which is important to spur the repowering of many 1980s-generation wind projects in Kern, Riverside, and Alameda counties.”

Office of Ratepayer Advocates

"ORA recognizes that SB 100 will further diversify California’s energy portfolio of clean, renewable energy sources. SB 100 also will spur development of innovative technologies, such as energy storage and grid control systems. This growth can increase competition in the energy storage sector, which in turn, can help keep energy service affordable while advancing the state’s climate and other goals. SB 100 provides the foundation for all Californians to benefit from a cleaner environment, continue growth of a robust economy, and improved public health."

Peter Miller

Western Energy Project Director , Natural Resources Defense Council

“The 100 percent clean energy target in SB 100 will accelerate progress toward cleaner air, a prosperous economy, and a healthy planet for future generations.  Once again, California can show the world what can be done with a clear vision and an unwavering commitment to progress.”

Shannon Eddy

Executive Director, Large-scale Solar Association

“LSA is pleased to see SB 100 move forward. The passage of this critical legislation moves California one step closer to strengthening its role as a global climate and clean energy policy leader.  With it will come unprecedented economic growth and much needed jobs for California.”

Strela Cervas

Co-Director, California Environmental Justice Alliance

"SB 100 will transition our state away from fossil fuels that have disproportionately impacted the most disadvantaged communities and communities of color. The bill charts a pathway for the public health and economic benefits of local renewable energy to reach communities that need it the most. CEJA applauds the leadership of President pro Team de Leon and California to lead the nation in aggressive and equitable energy policies in a time when our national leaders are moving backwards on climate change and renewable energy."

Strela Cervas

Co-Director, California Environmental Justice Alliance

“The California Environmental Justice Alliance is excited about the expansion of renewable energy with SB 100, hat will transition our state away from fossil fuels that have disproportionately impacted the most disadvantaged communities and communities of color.  SB 100 charts a pathway for the public health and economic benefits of local renewable energy to reach communities that need it the most.  In a time where our nation is moving backwards on renewable energy, SB 100 offers an opportunity to put equity at the center of energy policy.”

The American Wind Energy Association

“This bill isn’t just about long-term vision, it’s about near-term action.  The wind industry stands ready to create jobs and provide affordable, reliable, clean energy to Californians.  Wind energy is already a no-regrets alternative to fossil fuels, and it is a key component of a diverse, balanced, low-carbon grid.”

The California Biomass Energy Alliance

“California continues to be the world leader in renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions.  SB 100 moves California one step closer to eliminating our dependence on fossil fuels.  To achieve this goal, California needs balanced energy portfolios that include an appropriate mix of all available renewable resources.”

The Low Carbon Fuel & Energy Coalition

“We also look forward to highlighting lifecycle environmental and economic benefits of key resources, especially where benefits accrue directly toward cleaner air and to the economies of challenged regions. We agree with Senator de Leon that California can and should continue to lead in these critical economic and environmental areas.”

Tom Steyer

President, NextGen Climate

“California is once again pioneering the path forward, taking bold steps to protect our clean air and water and create a more prosperous future for all Californians.  By committing to 100 percent clean energy, California would show once again why it leads the nation and the world in advancing climate solutions and clean energy.  SB 100 is a bold and ambitious step into the low-carbon future, and we must continue to act decisively to safeguard Californians’ air and water, address the threat of climate change, and create good-paying clean energy jobs.”

Tom Werner

President and CEO, SunPower

“Solar power development at all levels is a significant economic force in California, creating over 100,000 jobs, driving innovation and reducing the cost of energy.  Thanks to Senator de León and his distinguished colleagues in the legislature, SB 100 is a bold initiative that will accelerate economic opportunities and further improve our environment.  The world is watching California as it leads the global transition to a clean, reliable, affordable energy future.”