|eNews Update | January 2015 | www.clean-economy.org |
As we kick off a new year, I salute you, our member companies, for your innovation in advancing and strengthening California's clean energy economy. And I ask you to remember that despite our state's continued economic success, there are those that would like us to retreat from our aggressive climate policy goals.
Fortunately, our state's elected and appointed leaders - from Governor Brown, to Senate President pro Tem Kevin De León, to Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols - are committed to continued bold action to advance California's clean fuels and clean transportation policies.
Below you will learn about a new effort called California Delivers, which I urge you to join as a supporter. This growing and diverse coalition is focused on protecting and implementing AB 32, our groundbreaking clean energy and climate law, while also extending its benefits beyond 2020. To do that, the business community will need to continue to play a leading role.
Thank you for all you do in your businesses and in your communities to make California a trend-setter and leader in advancing clean energy solutions.
Director, California Business Alliance
California Means Business (CMB)
Recent CMB News Highlights
CALIFORNIA ADDS 90,100 JOBS IN NOVEMBER
Capping off three years of strong job growth, California employers added another 90,100 positions in November - one of the largest monthly hiring spurts in two decades.
CHINESE FREIGHT FIRM SIGNS LARGE LEASE IN CERRITOS
The Los Angeles Times 12/19/2014
OTX Logistics Inc., an international freight-forwarder based in Hong Kong with U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles, has signed a lease to move inland from the South Bay to consolidate and expand its warehouse footprint by more than 360 percent.
ALMOND INDUSTRY GIVES $21 BILLION BOOST TO CALIFORNIA ECONOMY, STUDY SAYS
LA Business Journal 12/11/2014
California's booming almond industry generates more than 100,000 jobs and more than $21 billion in gross revenue across multiple industries, according to a new study by the University of California Agricultural Issues Center.
GOOGLE BUYS 12 ACRES IN PLAYA VISTA, VASTLY EXPANDS PRESENCE IN L.A.
The Fresno Bee 12/9/2014
Google Inc. is making a bold move to expand in Southern California, the nation's nexus of technology and entertainment. The tech titan has spent nearly $120 million on 12 vacant acres next to a historic hangar where aviator Howard Hughes built his famous "Spruce Goose" airplane in the Playa Vista neighborhood near Marina del Rey.
The Los Angeles Times 12/3/2014
Click here to read more CMB news.
A Pacific Coast model for addressing climate change
By Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Premier Christy Clark,
Governor Jay Inslee and Governor John Kitzhaber
December 11, 2014
The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru wrapped after 12 days of negotiations on global carbon emissions.
Yet, even as we work through the complexities of an international agreement, it would be a mistake to miss the extensive change that's already taking place here on North America's Pacific Coast. Last year, our four governments - the states of California, Oregon and Washington and the Province of British Columbia - reached a landmark agreement to align climate and energy strategies for 54 million Americans and Canadians.
The Pacific Coast represents the world's fifth-largest economy, with a GDP of $2.8 trillion. By working together we are transforming our economies and influencing world markets for the better. Our regional model shows that it is possible to take serious action on climate change and simultaneously expand an economy with well-paying jobs. And we believe it can be a blueprint for other regions to take action.
To read the full op-ed, click here.
California Delivers Launch
A coalition of businesses, organizations, public officials and other community leaders, similar to the group that formed to defeat Proposition 23 in 2010 which would have killed the state's clean energy and climate law (AB 32), has launched a new effort known as California Delivers. This collection of diverse voices - including the California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy - is calling on state lawmakers and the governor to prioritize protecting California's clean energy law (AB 32) from ongoing attacks and extending the benefits beyond 2020.
"California's growing clean energy economy is critical to creating jobs, improving public health, and making our communities safer and more livable, and protecting consumers," said State Senator Fran Pavley and AB 32 joint author. "Of course, we always envisioned that the law would continue until the job was done. We need to be committed to extending the many benefits of AB 32 benefits well beyond 2020."
To learn more, click here.
VerdeXchange, January 25-27
The VerdeXchange gives attendees the opportunity to join over 600 delegates, from throughout California and around the world, to assess "what's in-market," "what's about to be in-market," and "what's needed" in the global, trillion-dollar verde economy. Speakers include global, national, and regional clean tech leaders, green-build designs and developers, and producers of solar, wind, energy efficiency, infrastructure engineering, alternative-fuel vehicles, project financiers, water, connected-home entrepreneurs and environmental stewards.
To learn more and register, click here.
Pick My Solar
Pick My Solar, a new member of the Alliance based in Los Angeles, is committed to bringing solar technology to as many homes as possible while promoting fairness and transparency in this sometimes complicated market.
PickMySolar.com offers a unique online bidding platform where highly-rated solar installers come
to compete for homeowners' business. They do for solar what LendingTree does for mortgages, but with a twist. Pick My Solar becomes the homeowners' advocate, educating them on the subtleties and nuances of complex solar products and financing options - always making sure they get the best solar value from the best installers. At the end of the day, they save their average customer $4,000 - $6,000, making them happy and leaving Pick My Solar's team satisfied that they have helped one more household tap into the sun
To learn more, click here.
Director, California Business Alliance
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