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CA Must Keep Control of Its Clean Energy Goals – Take Action!
January 6, 2019 @ 2:18 pm
Last year there were those in the state, like former Governor Brown, who thought having California join a regional electricity grid with coal states, that would be overseen and controlled by Trump’s FERC (Federal Energy Resource Commission), was a good thing. The reason this still can be found on our site is that a similar bill may be brought back in 2020. 350 Bay Area was opposed to this at the time and would be again. AB 813 set up the process for California participating in an interstate Regional grid and Authority, and it moved close to a getting a vote on the Senate floor. It had moved to the Senate Rules Committee and could have been brought out and onto the Senate floor for a vote at any time up to Aug. 31st of that year. So it was very important that we met with our State Senators Those in the Bay Area are listed here and we did meet with quite a few of them, or their staff, in some cases, a couple of times:
Scott Wiener in SF, Bob Wieckowski in Fremont area, Nancy Skinner in Oakland, Berkeley area, Jerry Hill in Silicon Valley, Steve Glazer in Contra Costa County, Bill Dodd in Napa, Solano Counties, Jim Beall in San Jose area and Mike McGuire in Marin, Sonoma Counties.
- Be polite.
- Note that you are a constituent. The staffer may ask for your zip code or address.
- When you call, you will speak with a staff member from the representative’s office (or, after office hours, leave a message).
- The staff is usually instructed to simply verify you are a constituent and record your position (opposition to AB 813). Thus it is best to give a simple statement. One of the two statements below will work.
- Please oppose AB 813. It would turn over control of California’s electrical grid to out-of-state interests and the federal government.
- Please oppose AB 813. The proposed expansion of electricity grid to a regional one beyond what is happening will emphasize costly transmission lines out of state and make local clean energy less of a priority, likely undermining California’s clean energy goals.