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Los Angeles Times - October 26

California Leads the Way on Climate
New York Times - October 12 

San Jose Mercury News - October 6

California Leads a Quiet Revolution
New York Times - October 4

Capitol Weekly - October 2
CMBCalifornia Means Business (CMB)
Recent CMB News Highlights

The 50 Happiest Companies in the U.S.
Twenty-six of the 50 happiest companies in the U.S. are based in California. Earlier this year, CareerBliss created a list of the 50 happiest companies in America. To determine which companies made the grade, CareerBliss reviewed thousands of company reviews from visitors to its website--grading such things as work-life balance, relationship with boss and co-workers, work environment, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, and more.
Inc. Magazine 10/29/15

States with the Most Fortune 500 Companies
Apple, Google, Facebook, Netflix and Saleforce are just a few of the 
Fortune 500 companies that call California home.
Fortune Magazine 10/23/2015

"American Horror Story," "Veep" and 20 other film and television projects expected to benefit from an expanded tax credit program will generate an estimated $1.07 billion in local spending in California, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday. During a visit to the Century City set of "American Horror Story: Hotel", Garcetti said the state is "fighting back against runaway production," now that lawmakers have expanded to $330 million its pot of incentives aimed at luring projects back to California over five years.
Los Angeles Daily News 10/09/2015

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Op-Ed Highlight
by John Boesel and Ruben Guerra
LA Business Journal
October 12, 2015

As California motors its way toward a more secure, less volatile and more efficient economy, the financial benefits provided by the Low Carbon Fuel Standard are noteworthy. We and the hundreds of businesses we represent applaud the state's Air Resources Board for its re-adoption last month of this landmark transportation policy.

The LCFS works because it provides certainty to California businesses. Certainty breeds confidence and confidence fuels investment. The LCFS requires a 10 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020, as measured on a lifecycle basis. That means from cradle to tailpipe, the cleaner fuels of today and the future would emit fewer dangerous greenhouse gases into the air than conventional fuels.

California boasts more than 40,000 businesses serving advanced energy markets, and these businesses employ more than 430,000 people. The LCFS is driving strong investment in alternative fuels, and is expected to result in $1.4 billion to $4.8 billion in energy and environmental security benefits by 2020 while also creating thousands of jobs. The LCFS, working together with the state's emissions cap on transportation fuels, is expected to result in $10.4 billion in avoided costs related to energy insecurity, health care and climate change by 2020.

John Boesel is chief executive of Alliance member CALSTART, which works with business, fleets and government to develop and implement clean, efficient transportation solutions. Ruben Guerra, founder of Municipal Energy Solutions, is chairman and chief executive of Alliance member Latin Business Association, the nation's largest Latino business trade organization.
Read the full article here.
News Highlight
Energy efficiency measures continue to flourish in states across the country, with several states including California, Maryland, Illinois, Texas and the nation's capital, Washington, DC - taking major steps that improved their scores in the ninth annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The State Scorecard ranking is issued annually with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy. 
ACEEE executive director Steve Nadel said: "As states move to frame their plans under the federal Clean Power Plan, this year marks a tipping point for energy efficiency. State policies are increasingly encouraging utilities to invest in cost-effective efficiency, prompting them to adopt new business models that align their interests with those of customers and policymakers. We can see this taking hold in the 20 states that improved their Scorecard rank in 2015. Utilities across the United States invested more than $7 billion in energy efficiency over the past year alone."

Read the full press release here.
Small Business Funding Highlight
EPA recently announced that it will provide $1.9 million to 19 small businesses to develop and commercialize technologies that tackle critical environmental problems. 

Each of the 19 companies will receive a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract for up to $100,000 to develop their green technology. When the project is commercially viable, the companies will be eligible to apply for a Phase II contract of up to $300,000 to develop and commercialize their clean energy technology for the marketplace.

SVLGMember Event Highlight
Join Alliance member Silicon Valley Leadership Group on November 12 at Hitachi in Santa Clara to engage companies and government agencies in a discussion about the direction for the distributed, data-driven grid of the future. The Summit will feature case studies for how the grid is delivering smarter energy, analytics, and outcomes for customers now. The Summit will also address what is the best market structure design for the future and what is the best distribution design for the future, and what policies are necessary to achieve those designs.
Follow this event on Twitter: #FutureGrid15.

To learn more and register, click here.
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