Fontana - Local supporters, city and state officials, faith groups, and environmental groups gathered at the site of the former Kaiser Steel Plant to urge passage of Senate Bill 100 (De León). SB 100 will ensure that California generates 100% of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2045.
“We are 100% ready for 100% clean energy,” said Bret Weinberger, organizer with Environment California. “Clean energy is good for our planet, good for our communities, and good for our economy. We must take action now to ensure a 100% clean energy future for California.”
Yassi Kavezade, Organizing Representative with the Sierra Club’s My Generation campaign, stated, “We are here today in the industrial center of Fontana. SB 100 will not only pave the way towards a clean powered solution for our communities and schools but a future that could benefit our workers too. Everyone deserves the right to access affordable, clean, renewable energy and we are today to support SB 100 to establish a lasting, clean future for all.”
SB 100 has passed the State Senate and now awaits a vote on the Assembly floor. Action is needed before the legislative session ends for the year on September 15, 2017.
California passed its first clean energy standard in 2002 (Sher). The first law required California energy providers to generate 17% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Subsequent bills have ramped up the clean energy standard. SB 350 (De León) was the last clean energy bill to pass two years ago, requiring that California energy providers generate 50% renewable electricity by 2030.
California utilities are ahead of the current clean energy goals that have been enshrined in law.
Fontana USD School Board President Mary Sandoval stated, ”As a school board member I am especially aware of how [clean energy] impacts the future of our children. Sustainable energy solutions can provide major opportunities in terms of improving their health, education, well-being and development.”
At the conference, the office of Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez awarded Fontana USD a Certificate of Recognition for outstanding work towards installing solar on 43 of their school properties and generating 80% of their energy from renewable sources.
“Fontana Unified School District has a partnership with Tesla and they have been incorporating renewable energy at their facilities,” stated Jessica Figueroa, District Representative for Assm. Rodriguez. “I want to recognize Mary Sandoval and [Mayor Pro Tem City of Fontana] Jesse Sandoval for [their] clean and renewable energy work for Fontana USD.”
A recent report by Environment California Research & Policy Center found that California has seen a 2,583% increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a 245% increase in wind powerproductionoverthepastdecade.The report, Renewables on the Rise, makes the case that the progress we’ve seen in California and around the country on renewable energy and technologies like battery storage and electric cars should give Californians the confidence that we can take clean energy to the next level.
Dr. Tom Helliwell of the Pomona Valley Interfaith Sustainability Council concluded: “We need to move toward the goal of using only clean, renewable energy sources. California can be the ‘City on the Hill’ showing our nation and the entire world that it can be done.”