- Establish an independent agency or council to compile, model and predict environmental data. That would allow for assessment of programs and promote efficient use of funding;
- Streamline the environmental review process;
- Support the Air Resources Board's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
- Promote and expand renewable energy options;
- Support renewable power payment programs, also known as feed-in tariffs;
- Keep supporting Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs, which use property tax assessments to fund energy-efficiency projects;
- Develop energy-storage projects;
- Recognize that energy efficiency is the "free lunch" of the energy world, and encourage those types of programs;
- Improve and upgrade energy-transmission systems.
If Brown focuses on Green, the rapidly growing San Joaquin Valley is perfectly positioned to benefit from and to play a key role in the development of clean-energy programs.
The Valley has ample solar, biofuel, biomass, wind and other resources; a large supply of flat vacant land accessible to transmission lines; the proximity of universities such as UCs Davis and Merced, Fresno State, Cal Poly and Cal State, Stanislaus; and high power bills and low incomes that would directly benefit from energy-conservation programs.
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