February 19, 2011


This measure, sponsored by Safe Energy Association, requests an investigation of the feasibility of an entirely renewable energy based California economy. If determined feasible, the investigators would produce a plan ("roadmap") for the conversion.

We suggest that the study have two phases: Proof and Planning (about 6 months each).

Proof is necessary because the body politic in not convinced this can be done. Proof involves demonstrating that the following three conditions be positively established: 1) Quantity, 2) Load-matching, and 3) Cost. Or, to put it another way, can the three following questions be answered in the affirmative?

1: Quantity: Do we have renewable energy resources adequate to provide for all of California's energy needs, now and for the foreseeable future?
2: Load-matching: Can these resources be available where we need them, and at the times we need them regardless of time-of-day or season?
3: Cost: While we know the cost, including environmental cost, of the conversion to renewable energy will be high, will the cost of not doing it be even higher?

The planning phase will utilize information gathered in the proof phase (assuming positive result). The roadmap will detail the tasks that need to be accomplished, in what order and over what period of time. For example, the roadmap should yield a list of tasks that need to be accomplished in 2013, and then another list of tasks needed for 2014, and so on, through all the years it will take.

The resolution itself implies several things:
· There are many people in government already spending a great deal of time on related studies;
· These studies tend to be fragmentary and compartmentalized;
· There is a constant need to update our understanding of the energy situation;
· There is a great deal at stake -- trillions of dollars and millions of jobs in California, not to mention national and international implications of what we do in California.
It is time to bring all the interested parties together to achieve a comprehensive big-picture view.

Here is the resolution we seek to get passed as soon as possible:

Concurrent Resolution No. xxx -- Relative to Safe Energy Roadmap

xxx, [Author]. Safe energy roadmap.
This measure would request [writer] to investigate the potential and obstacles to achieving an economy run entirely on renewable energy. The investigation would include a series of public hearings with a report on findings and recommendations to the Governor, to be completed not later than September 1, 2012. The Legislature is committed to exploring all available sources including wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, biomass, coupled with energy conservation measures; and to eliminate our dependence upon fossil fuels.

WHEREAS, The State of California requires a continuous and robust energy supply to power its economy, which provides employment for its citizens,

AND WHEREAS, Californians, over the next twenty years, expect to spend four trillion dollars ($4,000,000,000,000) on energy, which they will use to add forty trillion dollars ($40,000,000,000,000) to the Gross Domestic Product, there is a great need to gather, process, and analyze information to inform decisions to be taken,

AND WHEREAS, Public Resources Code §25300 et seq. requires the California Energy Commission, in consultation with the Public Utilities Commission the Office of Ratepayer Advocates, the State Air Resources Board, the Electricity Oversight Board, the Independent System Operator, the Department of Water Resources, the California Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Motor Vehicles, and other federal, state, and local agencies, to adopt an Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) that presents policy recommendations based on in-depth and integrated analysis of the most current and pressing energy issues facing the state,

AND WHEREAS, The California Energy Commission maintains an Energy Action Plan process in collaboration with the Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent System Operator that brings together a coordinated implementation plan for state energy policies that have been articulated in various Governor's Executive Orders, the IEPR, Public Utility Commission and Energy Commission proceedings, and legislative direction,

AND WHEREAS, Public Utilities Code §399.11 et seq. requires the Public Utilities Commission and the California energy Commission to implement the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program to increase the diversity, reliability, public health and environmental benefits of the energy mix,

AND WHEREAS, Health and Safety Code Section §38500 et seq. requires actions to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and requires the California Air Resources Board to prepare and approve a scoping plan for achieving the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from sources or categories of sources of greenhouse gases by 2020 (Health and Safety Code §38561),

AND WHEREAS, The California Air Resources Board, California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Independent System Operator (established under Assembly Bill 1890, Chapter 854, Statutes of 1996) are collaborating on state energy policies for a clean energy future and have issued an implementation plan and inter-agency road map to coordinate on investments in transmission, energy efficiency, smart grid applications, and increased use of renewable resources that will reduce carbon emissions and advance innovation and green job creation and will ensure California's continued leadership in clean technology during the period 2010 to 2020,

AND WHEREAS, Government Code §15570 requires the preparation of a biennial California Economic Development Strategic Plan based on recommendations developed by the California Economic Strategy Panel,

AND WHEREAS, The California Workforce Investment Board, established by Executive Order in response to the mandate of the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 (Public Law 105-220), assists the Governor in setting and guiding policy in the area of workforce development and has adopted Sector Strategies as the statewide framework for workforce development, and is working closely with the Economic Strategy Panel, other State Agencies and departments and its 49 local Workforce Investment Boards to support the emergence of effective statewide and regionally driven sector initiatives,

AND WHEREAS, As an update to the California Water Plan required by Water Code §10004-10013, and as part of an approach to managing California's water and other natural resources in the face of a changing climate, the Department of Water Resources has developed climate change adaptation strategies to improve California's ability to cope with a changing climate and for state and local water managers to improve their capacity to handle change, now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby requests [writer] to evaluate the conversion of our economy to sustainable, efficient, clean, safe, reliable, energy sources. The [writer] will conduct a series of not less than eight (8) informational public hearings over the course of a year and produce a report on findings and recommendations not later than September 1, 2012, receiving input from relevant governmental agencies, industry representatives, non governmental organizations, academic researchers, and the general public; and be it further

Resolved, That the Legislature is committed to exploring all available sources including wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, biomass, coupled with energy conservation measures; and to eliminate our dependence upon fossil fuels; and be it further

Resolved, That the chief clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.


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