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As you will notice by all the recent news coverage on clean energy issues (see below), it's been a busy summer. The Business Alliance has been helping to promote the newest reports on the growth of biofuels while pointing out the latest attempt by clean energy opponents to launch a new misinformation campaign.

As always, you can check out the latest news and op-eds from Business Alliance members and other opinion leaders by reading this
 recap of op-eds. You can also look at past issues of the eNews here.
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~Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy

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Featured News Story  


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By Susan Frank 
Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy
August 19, 2013 


The groups that make up the longtime opposition to AB 32, California's clean energy and climate law, and a suite of related policies from the state's clean fuels standard to energy efficiency, have launched a new organization. It is called Californians for Affordable & Reliable Energy (or "CARE"), and purports to care about fuel, electricity and natural gas rates and a predictable energy supply, while keeping costs under control.

As a business group that represents thousands of California companies and hundreds of thousands of workers, we wanted to learn more about this new organization and what we discovered may surprise you. Reading from the "CARE" web site, you see language like "state energy mandates" tied to popular policies like AB 32 and a suggestion that California's clean energy laws are "undermining the reliability" of our energy, and you start to see a theme. 


Read the full blogpost here.

San Francisco Chronicle Coverage of "CARE"

By David Baker

August 19, 2013    


"...CARE's membership immediately brought the new group and its report under fireIts members include the Western States Petroleum Association, the California Manufacturers & Technology Assoc. and the California Chamber of Commerce. All three were sponsors of the AB32 Implementation Group, an organization accused by environmentalists of trying to weaken California's landmark global warming law, AB32. The new organization, critics said, isn't really new...


'Whether they call themselves the AB 32 Implementation Group, Californians Against Higher Taxes, Fueling California, or Californians for Affordable & Reliable Energy, the message and the messengers are the same just repackaged with a different web site address,' wrote Susan Frank, director of the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy, in her organization's blog."


Read more here.

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Hoping for Some Friendlier Skies
From the WIndy City  

By Susan Frank 
Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy
August 16, 2013 


I was invited to Chicago this week to meet with United Airlines executives who, as a result of recent attention focused on the company's opposition to state, national and international climate change policies, offered to discuss their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs)...


united get on board

One of the issues I plan to raise at the meeting is asking United executives why the company is a leading member of Fueling California, a California political organization focused on dismantling the state's clean fuel standard (known as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, or LCFS). The LCFS is a critical component of the state's landmark clean energy and climate law, AB 32.  


Fueling California is led by President and CEO Bob Sturtz, who joined the board when he was United's Managing Director of Strategic Sourcing. Serving alongside Sturtz on the Board of Directors is Melinda Yee Franklin, Director of Corporate and Government Affairs for United's western region.


Read the full blogpost here.


Read a related LA Times story about how the U.S. may face-off against European Airlines over reducing emissions.

Featured Report  


EDF-E2 Report Shows Rapid Growth of Biofuels in California


A new study by EDF and Business Alliance Member E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) sums up the benefits of biodiesel and profiles six companies they say are "...helping to revolutionize the industry. Biodiesel, not only reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality; it is providing consumers with additional fuel choices at the pump and spurs green job growth..." 


Some of these companies recycle used cooking oil as a feedstock, some are working to supply the Navy and oil refineries with lower carbon fuels, while others are working to assure choosing a biodiesel blend is as easy as picking up a different gas pump.


Nationwide, according to an E2 analysis, the biofuels market has the potential to be worth more than $60 billion within the next decade, creating more than 18,000 jobs from nearly 30 biorefineries expected to open by 2015.

Read the report here.
Featured News Story 


Electric Vehicles Are the Future - - Right Now


by Steve Kinsey, Supervisor for the County of Marin and
Richard Lowenthal, Founder and CTO of ChargePoint  

Capitol Weekly  

August 20, 2013  


"Electric vehicles are also promising for California's economy, representing a new part of the emerging clean-energy industries that will provide the jobs of the future. But we Californians wouldn't be gaining all of these benefits - for our environment and our economy - were it not for our state's far-sighted policies.


California's pioneering Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) requires fuel producers such as oil firms and refiners to gradually reduce the average "carbon intensity" of the state's transportation fuel mix, cutting greenhouse-gas emissions that increase the risks from climate change. The LCFS will provide credits to make electric vehicles even more affordable. Despite a fierce campaign by the fossil fuel industry to delay it, the clean fuel standard is already helping California transition to clean, non-petroleum transportation fuels, while attracting new investment and creating new jobs...

We urge Gov. Brown and the Air Resources Board to stand firm behind this far-sighted policy-and to strengthen their support for electric vehicles and other clean transportation solutions."


Read the full op-ed here.

Featured Activity
Cool California Small Business Awards Program


The CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards program recognizes California small businesses that take action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, promote climate friendly practices and integrate the tools on CoolCalifornia.org into their business operations.

To receive recognition for your sustainability efforts, apply for an award today.
For more 
information, or to register, click here.

For more information contact: 
Melanie Turner



Featured Event  

San Francisco and Los Angeles Green Festival


Green Festival would like to offer all Business Alliance members 15% off an Exhibitor Booth at the upcoming LA & San Francisco Green Festivals (see below for details).    


Green Festival is the nation's largest green marketplace for the conscious consumer. For green entrepreneurs are invited to find a new audience for your green business, as your products and services are exposed to tens of thousands of new customers in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  


Please email or call Karen Ferrel for details: 


or 828-333-9436


For more information click here.


Featured Event  

Green California Schools Summit


The Business Alliance is pleased to be a sponsor of the Green California Schools Summit that will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 6-7. It's the largest annual event focused on sustainability programs in California Schools. 


The keynote session on November 6 will feature Tom Steyer. As chairman of Yes on Proposition 39, Steyer set the stage for an unprecedented influx of funds for energy efficiency projects at public schools. The Summit includes concurrent sessions focused on vital green school topics, a Leadership Awards

reception and an Expo featuring companies with innovative products and services. 


Business Alliance members can receive a 20% discount by using the code "GBA."


For more information, or to register, click here 

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Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy



September 16

CleanTech OC 2013 Annual Conference & Expo 


September 16-17

Renewable Energy Finance Forum 

(San Francisco)


September 20-21

2013 AltCar Expo & Conference 

(Santa Monica)


September 22-24

The Renewable  Energy Markets Conference

(Austin, TX) 


September 30-October 3

Plug-in 2013  

(San Diego)

Oct. 3-4

California Women's Conference 

(Long Beach)


Oct. 3-13

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon  



Oct. 18-19 

Benicia CleanTech Expo 2013  



Oct. 19-20

Green Festival 

(Los Angeles)

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Oct. 29-30

World Bio Markets USA: The Race for Scale 

(San Francisco)


Nov. 5-8

BSR Conference 2013: The Power of Networks

(San Francisco) 

Nov. 6-7

Green California Schools Summit 


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Nov. 9-10

Green Festival 

(San Francisco)

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Nov. 18-20

BECC Conference 



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