To maximize clean energy job creation, Governor Brown has called for 12,000
megawatts of clean local energy to be installed
in California communities by 2020. California’s existing clean
energy policies mainly support large-scale power plants that are located
far from our communities, and rooftop solar systems installed to reduce
the electric bills of residential and commercial buildings. These
policies do not make financial sense for many of the best locations for
clean energy in our communities, such as landfills, parking lots,
commercial properties with tenants, and agricultural operations.
Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) Program for California will
meet the Governor's call for clean local energy by filling this policy
CLEAN California Initiatives:
The CLEAN California Campaign aims to meet the Governor's call for 12,000 megawatts of
clean local energy by 2020 by
it easier to sell local renewable energy:
- CLEAN Contracts: Require
standard, long-term “CLEAN Contracts” for utilities to
purchase energy generated by new renewable projects on the
distribution grid. Rates will be pre-defined for smaller projects (5 megawatts and smaller capacity) to
maximize simplicity and encourage broad participation.
- Grid Access Reform: Make distribution grid access costs and timeframes reasonable and predictable.
Learn about the guiding policy principles of the Campaign here.
CLEAN California Benefits:
A CLEAN Program tailored for California will maximize
clean energy job creation, save money for ratepayers, create new revenue
streams for community members, attract billions of private investment
dollars, boost state and local government budgets, and accelerate the
development of California’s clean energy economy. Benefits include:
- Creating more clean energy
jobs in the state faster than any other plan for meeting our
energy targets. A UC Berkeley study led by Professor Dan
Kammen found that a CLEAN
would create three times more jobs than the state’s current plan
meeting its renewable energy goals. “A
CLEAN Program will give new companies like Sol Orchard the market
certainty to rapidly install more clean energy projects and hire more
workers in local communities,” said Jeff Brothers, President of Sol
clean energy development to a scale that attracts technology,
manufacturing and assembly businesses, stimulating up to $50 billion in
additional private investment according to the UC Berkeley study by Kammen.
it easier for
owners to site projects, enter into power sales contracts with
and connect projects to the grid.
As a result, it will also be much easier finance clean local
projects. CLEAN California will
raise property values and give property owners the opportunity to
new source of cash flow by developing clean energy projects or
leasing space to developers. Learn why the
Los Angeles Business
Council, a CLEAN
California Partner, is leading the charge for a CLEAN LA
- Creating local opportunities taking advantage of local energy resources. “A CLEAN California Program will give Harvest the opportunity to develop more projects that transform organic wastes into clean, renewable biogas by making the process of contracting, financing, and interconnecting projects more predictable and reasonable,” said Paul Sellew, CEO of Harvest Power, Inc. and a founding member of the American Biogas Council.
- Avoiding the costs of long-distance
transmission of energy, including billions of dollars for new transmission
lines, transmission access
charges, and energy lost while traveling along transmission lines. Transmission line losses range between 7.5% and 14% in California. For example, the municipal utility for the City of Palo Alto calculates that transmission costs currently add roughly 1.8 cents/kWh.
- Protecting communities from rising fossil fuel costs
by locking in reasonable electricity rates. During the first few years,
a robust CLEAN Contracts Program may result in a small rate increase for
community members. For example, the City of Gainesville, Florida,
achieved a 2000% increase in solar capacity with a rate impact of less
than 1% over the first two and a half years of its CLEAN Program.
However, within a few years, fossil fuel rates generally begin to rise
above fixed CLEAN Contract rates.
- Increasing state and local
government budgets by
keeping energy dollars in our communities. A CLEAN California Program would increase direct
state revenues by more than $2 billion according to the UC Berkeley study by Kammen.
- CLEAN Programs not only protect our families from the health effects of dirty energy, but also encourage the development of an energy infrastructure that can keep our communities safer in the event of earthquakes, terrorist attacks, and other disasters. Jim Woolsey, the former Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, points out that our transmission grid vulnerability is a national security issue that can be addressed with CLEAN Programs.
development of our clean energy economy. CLEAN Programs—also known as
“standard offer” or “feed-in tariff” programs —are the most successful
clean energy market creator in the world. The US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy
Lab estimated that these programs are responsible for 45 percent of all
wind energy and 75 percent of all solar photovoltaic capacity installed
before 2008. Read the Center for American Progress report on CLEAN Contracts here.