An important energy bill that Sierra Club California supports, SB 43 (Wolk), is coming up in Assembly Utilities and Commerce next week (Monday, June 24). Two members of that committee represent districts in the Bay Chapter: Joan Buchanan and Susan Bonilla.
Please be in touch with these members, especially if you are represented by one of them.
SB 43 will expand opportunities for renters and others who don’t have access to renewable rooftop solar energy to subscribe to a medium-sized solar-energy project. The bill would establish a limited pilot project and would also require the Public Utilities Commission to develop a permanent shared-renewables program.
The energy produced would help reduce California’s reliance on dangerous energy sources like coal, natural gas, and nuclear energy. This bill will expand consumer access to renewable-energy self-generation programs, providing all customers with the ability to invest in offsite renewable-energy projects and receive a utility-bill credit in return. The pilot would create 500 megawatts of distributed solar generation within just over a year of the bill’s adoption. At least 20% of that would have to be available to environmental-justice communities that are impacted first and worst from climate change.
We anticipate that this bill will need an extra push through the committee. Assemblymembers Bonilla and Buchanan need to know that people support this bill. Please contact them and urge them to support Senator Wolk’s SB 43, Shared Renewable Energy Self-Generation.
The assemblymembers’ web sites contain the contact information for their capitol office as well as their district offices.
Kathryn Phillips, director, Sierra Club California