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The state has a new Governor and a large budget surplus in 2019-20 of over $22 billion due to higher-than-expected revenues and continued economic growth. The challenge continues to have shifted from mitigating deep program cuts and tax increases to making choices around the priorities that will keep California moving in a positive direction.


New brief finds California's housing goals are exacerbating the housing crisis, and at the current pace of development, certain jurisdictions in California will not meet their low-income housing production targets for more than 1,000 years.


Investing in the capacity of California’s lands to store carbon can cut significant emissions and deliver billions in economic value, while reducing the risk of wildfire – but the state must act quickly to avoid these lands becoming a greater source of emissions as climate impacts take hold.


Tenth annual California Green Innovation Index finds that policies driving record-setting investment and innovation, but transportation emissions keep rising


Distributed energy resources (DERs) are small technologies — including rooftop solar, energy storage, microgrids, load control, energy efficiency, and communication and control technologies — that produce, store, manage, and reduce the use of energy. They are small enough to be “distributed” all around the grid, close to customers and away from centrally located power plants.


Communities across California are forming Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) at a rapid rate since 2010, with over half of them starting within the last two years. County and city governments administer CCAs as local alternatives to investor-owned utilities (IOUs).


Together with the state’s shift toward low-carbon generation of electricity, electrifying transportation is a key pathway for California’s clean energy strategy. Electric Vehicles and the California Grid finds that the California grid is well placed to handle rapid growth in plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) but advance planning and smart policy can ease the transition for the state’s power system.


California's energy system is undergoing a radical transformation driven by disruptive technologies, consumer preferences, and aggressive clean energy policies. The old paradigm of central suppliers serving passive customers is giving way to a more decentralized and digitized system, with modular and smart technologies generating and controlling energy with greater efficiency and higher value.


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