California Biomass Energy Alliance applauds passage of SB 32

By Erin Voegele | August 25, 2016

The California legislature recently passed legislation to extend the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets through 2030. One bill, SB 32, sets a target to reduce GHG emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The second bill, AB 197, gives the legislature greater oversight responsibility over climate policy implementation and helps ensure benefits reach disadvantaged communities. California Gov. Edmund Brown has indicated he will sign both bills.

SB 32 was sponsored by state Sen. Fran Pavley. In a statement, she said passage of the bill sends an “unmistakable signal to investors of California’s commitment to clean energy and clean air.” She added that the action “will trigger more investment and more jobs in our thriving clean-energy sector and solidify California’s leadership in demonstrating to the world that we can combat climate change while also spurring economic growth.” The bill codifies emissions reduction targets included in an executive order issued by Brown last year, removing any uncertainty over the state’s authority to extend its climate policies beyond the 2020 emissions-reduction target set by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB 32.

The California Biomass Energy Alliance has spoken out in support of the bill. “CBEA applauds the legislature and the lovernor for their work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Julee Malinowski-Ball, executive director of the CBEA. “California has always been a leader in protecting the environment and today's actions bolster that position.”

“SB 32 expands on California’s greenhouse gas emission efforts by calling for emissions to be reduced by 40 percent less of 1980 emission levels by 2020,” she continued. “This will help protect the environment and ensures that this generation and the next generation will have clean air to breath.

“The biomass industry will continue to be an essential tool in reducing greenhouse by providing clean, green renewable energy,” said Malinowski-Ball.