Category Archives: Gov. Schwarzenegger
It’s one thing to generate clean energy. It’s a whole other thing to get it it to the people.
In California, with the cooperation of Southern California Edison and Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Green Team, progress is showing its face on both fronts.
“…We need transmission lines, just like the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, to bring the clean electricity to the cities where people live and work.”
Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project
Today, May 4th, the Gov. of California and SCE executives gathered in a Greening The Grid event to announce the completion of the first phase buildout for the Tehachapi transmission lines that are being built to deliver clean wind energy to people who live in urban areas. Since the significant population concentration live in cities and extended urban areas, this means delivering clean energy to outlets where people can and will use it.
Tehachapi is the second largest collection of wind turbines in the world with around 5,000, right behind the world’s largest, the Altamont Pass near the Bay Area that has around 7,000.
Southern California Edison’s Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project is the first major transmission project in California to be constructed specifically for accessing a renewable-rich resource area. Once the entire project is completed, it will be capable of delivering 4,500 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity, enough to power about 3 million homes in Southern California. This first phase is capable of carrying 700 MW of clean electricity.
The Tehachapi project will also transport electricity from several large-scale solar projects currently in development.
Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS): Governor Schwarzenegger signed an Executive Order directing the California Air Resources Board to adopt regulations increasing California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 33 percent by 2020. This will ensure California will have the flexibility needed to use renewable energy sources for 33 percent of our energy consumption by 2020
In Above PHOTO: From left to right: BYD Chairman Chuanfu Wang, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency Secretary Victoria Bradshaw, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen A. Trutanich, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Linda Adams, former director of the California Department of Water Resources, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2006 as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency – making her the first woman to serve as head of the agency.
Immediately upon appointment, Secretary Adams was designated as Governor Schwarzenegger’s lead negotiator on AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Adams is now working closely with states, provinces and countries around the world to develop a network of climate initiatives to achieve the greatest global reductions. More>>>
California Secretary EPA, Linda Adams and B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell
As you probably have heard by now, there is a battle brewing to delay California’s clean energy and air pollution control standards. And we need your support.
California’s climate change law, AB 32, the law that forever changed the rules on clean air, holds polluters accountable and requires them to reduce air pollution that threatens our health and our environment. AB 32 has moved California into the forefront of clean technology by creating opportunities for Californians to innovate and create new ways of protecting our environment and creating green jobs.
Because of leaders like you, AB 32 has created thousands of jobs, motivated an emerging economy and inspired businesses to partner with environmentalists. However, what is most important is that AB 32 has changed the way Californians think about clean energy and how we affect our environment.
We know that this is a global problem that requires a global solution. But change must start here with us, at the grassroots level. From here, it works its way up through our nations and around the world. Any signal of delay could be disastrous for a national commitment to reducing pollution.
Those who are attempting to delay our move to a clean energy economy maintain it will only “suspend” AB 32’s pollution and health requirements until the economy gets better. Well, we’re all waiting for the economy to get better, but in the meantime, suspending a law that has increased jobs, investments, innovation and public consciousness does not serve the people of California.
Join me in supporting AB 32 and the state’s commitment to growing clean energy businesses and technologies by signing up on-line today.
Your help will not only support our growing green economy, but will also help California for a better tomorrow.
Secretary for Environmental Protection
California Environmental Protection Agency