Legislation to jumpstart California offshore wind energy production among the measures to advance
Sacramento, CA—Two bills authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee today. The bills would give local communities more tools to withstand the impacts of climate change and help California meet its clean energy goals by kickstarting the West Coast offshore wind industry.
The devastating impacts of climate change are increasingly apparent in places like California. From deadly forest fires to drought to power outages, Californians are acutely aware of the devastation that lies ahead if climate change continues unchecked.
Assembly Bill 525, which advanced today, would jumpstart the offshore wind industry in California by directing state agencies to set statewide goals for offshore wind production and develop a strategic plan for California to achieve large-scale renewable wind energy by 2045. Under AB 525, the California Energy Commission (CEC) would be responsible for creating a strategic plan to put offshore wind in place along the California coast. The bill would require the CEC to set 2030 and 2045 gigawatt targets for offshore wind production. The strategic plan would map out near term infrastructure improvements needed to accommodate offshore wind facilities.
“The signs of the climate crisis are all around us,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “With offshore wind, we have an opportunity to counter the threat of climate change, meet our clean energy goals, and create thousands of new good-paying jobs in the process.”
Assembly Bill 1087, which passed the committee today, would help local communities withstand the impacts of climate change by creating a new resiliency hub grant program. The bill reallocates funding from the California Climate Credit towards boosting the climate change resilience of community buildings with upgrades such as improved building insulation for extreme heat protection, clean energy microgrids installation for backup power during grid outages, and air filtration systems to combat wildfire smoke.
“We know that low-income, communities of color will be the most impacted by climate change,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “We need to give these communities the tools to prepare and upgrade community hubs to withstand the effects of this existential threat. This bill gives local communities those tools.”
Both AB 525 and AB 1087 are expected to move on for hearings in the Assembly Appropriations Committee in the coming weeks.