New report finds that California remains a leader in renewable energy production while its residents use less energy and have lower energy bills than other Americans.
With the economic toll of California's drought expected to hit $2.74 billion for 2015, water suppliers, investors and urban and agricultural users are seeking ways to reduce water consumption.
"Energy policies that promote efficiency and reduce energy bills are contributing to the state's manufacturing success," said F. Noel Perry, businessman and founder of the nonprofit nonpartisan Next 10. "Even with the most aggressive carbon pollution reduction policies in the nation, California remains the top state for manufacturing."
This new Next 10 report analyzes transportation policies in the Scoping Plan, including the "Pavley" regulations or vehicle emissions standards (key findings pg. 13), the Zero Emission Vehicle regulation (key findings pg. 29), SB 375 (key findings pg. 50), the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (key findings pg. 71), and the "fuels in the cap" component of the AB 32 cap-and-trade program (key findings pg. 88).
New Report: The CPP, State/Regional Compliance and Carbon Pricing
High-levels of coordination among states as well as regulatory clarity from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be necessary for the short-term goal of state compliance with the EPA’s upcoming Clean Power Plan (CPP) for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The same goals also will be important to state and regional efforts with respect to comprehensive carbon pricing.
California Green Innovation Index goes global:
Golden State ranks top among countries worldwide
In advance of the historic United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris this year, the California Green Innovation Index, for the first time, analyzes and ranks the Golden State’s economic and energy performance in comparison to the world’s 50 largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting nations.
As California considers intermediate (2030) targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, this Next 10 study, authored by Professor David Roland-Holst at UC Berkeley, assesses the economic impacts of different policy approaches to reach the state’s long-term climate goals, finding that ambitious action sooner produces the biggest economic boost.
In "Clean Valley: San Joaquin Valley Leveraging Natural Resources to Grow the Clean Economy," Next 10 reports that the San Joaquin Valley is leveraging its agriculture and traditional energy expertise to develop a regional clean tech sector in a heavily agriculture-focused area.
In "Driving the Spotlight," Next 10 reports on how in both Los Angeles and Orange County, traditional anchor industries and a large population are driving the clean tech sector.
In "Living Lab" Next 10 reports on how San Diego's robust research and development community and Imperial County's abundance of land, energy, and labor are helping to grow the regional economy.