California’s clean-energy bill is in trouble

SACRAMENTO — A major clean-energy bill championed by California’s Senate leader is languishing in the state Assembly and may not get a vote in the final days of this year’s legislative session.

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Senate Leader Kevin de León’s Senate Bill 100, a commitment to generating 100 percent of the state’s electricity from clean-energy sources by the end of 2045, sailed through the Senate and cleared numerous committees before Assembly leaders balked at calling a vote on the proposal.

A spokesman for Assemblyman Chris Holden, the Pasadena Democrat who heads the utilities and energy committee where the bill is sitting, said Wednesday that it didn’t have the votes. Holden told the Los Angeles Times Wednesday that the bill would be held over until next year.

Holden also announced Wednesday that related, last-minute bills he introduced late Friday night with major implications for the state’s power grid — proposals backed by Gov. Jerry Brown’s office, but denounced by some environmental groups — also would not advance. It may be reconsidered next year, the second half of a two-year legislative session, he said.

Brown’s office, which has been involved in energy negotiations, has not come out in support of SB 100.

But De León is not giving up. “We’re still hopeful,” he told a Times reporter Wednesday afternoon. “We’ve got 72 hours.”

What’s the status of SB 100? @kdeleon tells @dillonliam, “We’re still hopeful. We’ve got 72 hours.”

— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) September 13, 2017

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Source:: The Mercury News – Politics

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