One Step Closer to Stopping the Development of the Dirty Energy Export Zone
January 27, 2003
Thanks for all your help writing letters and faxes to the California Public Utilities Commission demanding that the Commission deny San Diego Gas and Electric's application for the Valley-Rainbow Interconnect - they worked! Greenpeace activists sent over 790 letters to the California Energy Commissioners and they heard the message. On December 19 the commissioners denied SDG&E's application to build the Valley Rainbow Interconnect.
The Valley-Rainbow Interconnect was the electricity transmission line that would have opened the floodgates for power plants generating dirty electricity south of the California/Mexico border. Greenpeace was heavily involved in the written briefs and oral hearings against the transmission line, and along with the local community and Native American groups, was able to convince the Public Utilities Commission that Sempra was only acting in their own best interest and did not have a need for the line.
Thai Prime Minister Puts Coal Plants On Hold
September 4, 2002
After eight longs years of community struggle, the Prime Minister of Thailand put the construction of two large coal-fired plants in Bo Nok and Ban Krut in the Gulf of Thailand on hold. The plants, built by foreign multinationals against the wishes of local people would pollute the air and water, displace people, and destroy the local economy. The villagers, who spearheaded the campaign to stop the constructions of the plants, still want the Prime Minister to formally come out and reject the plants and support clean energy solutions.
California Leads the Nation in the Fight to Stop Global Warming with the Passage of Global Warming Bill
July 1, 2002
Despite the auto industries pressure tactics, on Monday, July 1, 2002, the California legislature passed the first bill in U.S. history to regulate global warming pollution from cars and light-duty trucks.
According to the Sacramento Bee, California's Air Resources Board would have until 2005 to develop emission standards that would address the problem of global warming. The auto industry claims that the regulations would lead to further costs for the consumer, but they said the same thing about seat belts, unleaded fuel, and catalytic converters.
Los Angeles Community College District Votes YES on Renewables!
March 6, 2002
In the late evening of March 6, 2002, the L.A. Community College District Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to adopt a strong green building policy that will require 40-50 new buildings constructed with $1.25 billion in bond funding to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver or Certified Buildings, accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council. The District will be investing over $35 million dollars in the green building project.
But we are not done yet! In the next month and a half, the Board of Trustees will be adopting an energy policy for the nine campuses. Clean Energy Now! is continuing to demand that 25 percent of the energy load of all new buildings be generated by solar panels. Keep your eyes peeled for future opportunities to email, call, and fax the Trustees pushing them to go solar!
California Power Authority Submits Largest Clean Energy Plan in History
February 19, 2002
On Friday, the California Power Authority (CPA) submitted its Energy Resource Investment Plan "Clean Growth: Clean Energy for California�s Economic Future" to the state legislature. Greenpeace congratulates the CPA for submitting such a strong plan to the legislature. In particular, we are pleased that it allows institutions like the Los Angeles Community Colleges access to low cost financing programs in order to go solar.
California Governor Davis Signs Key Bill Into Law in Support of Solar Energy Development!
November 7, 2001
Thanks to your writing letters and making calls to your representatives, California is fast becoming a leader in the solar energy revolution! Governor Davis has signed AB 58 into law. This crucial legislation will encourage further investment in solar by making it more affordable for large solar generators, thereby consumers.