Assembly energy panel gives boost to renewable’s bill – California News

Assembly energy panel gives boost to renewable’s bill – California News

SACRAMENTO >> Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry has been able to pass a renewable energy proposal despite opposition by state utilities.

AB 920 made it out of the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee this week. If approved the legislation will maintain a place in the energy market for renewable resources such as geothermal, biomass, and biogas.

These resources provide high-paying jobs across California – particularly in Aguiar-Curry’s 4th District, which includes Colusa, Lake, Yolo and Sonoma counties. It will also improve air quality and help ensure keep the electric supply is reliable.

Statewide goals to increase California’s reliance on renewable energy have been very successful in reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions, but have not successfully ensured that all renewable resources are properly valued for their economic, climate change, and air quality benefits.

“Geothermal and biomass energy facilities provide hundreds of vital jobs in the communities I represent where devastating levels of unemployment continue in the wake of the Great Recession,” said Aguiar-Curry. “Geothermal resources must be used or the facilities die. And, biomass facilities are critical to ensuring our forestry and agricultural waste is used for energy rather than emitting poisonous methane or fueling wildfires.”

Biomass and geothermal facilities contribute property taxes and royalties to local economies, in addition to being job creators. Tax credits and tax exemptions for renewables like wind and solar, coupled with low labor costs, undercut the market. As a result,…

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