Recent Advocacy Efforts on Behalf of Clean Energy Supporters in California - Clean Coalition
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Recent Advocacy Efforts on Behalf of Clean Energy Supporters in California

The Clean Coalition has voiced our opinion on these recent items in California.

Craig Lewis

As part of the Clean Coalition’s mission to make clean local energy accessible now, we are constantly weighting in on clean energy policy matters at both the state and federal level. In California, here are a few recent items we voiced our opinion on:

Expedite the 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) legislation. In early February, the Clean Coalition sent a letter to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg recommending that the 33% by 2020 RPS legislation (SB 23, Simitian) be expedited with the goal that the legislation be sent to the Governor’s desk within the next 2 months. On Feb 1, the bill was converted to SBX2 and put on the fast track in the legislature. Download a copy of the letterhere.

Appoint Clean Energy Leaders to the Public Utilities Commission.In early February, the Clean Coalition urged Governor Jerry Brown to appoint proven clean energy leaders to the Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The CPUC plays a crucial role in the development and regulation of the state’s energy industry; proper leadership is required to develop reliable and predictable in-state investment for local economies through clean energy generation. In particular, we supported the appointment of both Julia Levin and John Geesman. Download a copy of the letterhere.

Support for the Reauthorization of the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. In late February, the Clean Coalition sent a letter to the Senate’s Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee in support of the long-term re-authorization of funding for the PIER program. The PIER program is a small investment of public funds relative to the millions in ratepayer savings that may result in the coming years from the program. While the Clean Coalition focuses primarily on policies for cost-effective clean energy deployment, we recognize the essential role that research, development and demonstration play in achieving a lasting economic transformation and thus support the PIER Program’s reauthorization through 2020 at current funding levels. Download a copy of the letterhere.

Craig Lewis

Founder and Executive Director

Craig founded the Clean Coalition in 2009 and has over 30 years of experience in policy and technology innovation, including the proliferation of Solar Microgrids and Community Microgrids. Prior to founding the Clean Coalition, Craig held numerous positions in the wireless, semiconductor, banking, and renewable energy industries. Previously VP of Government Relations at GreenVolts, he was the first to successfully navigate a solar project through California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard solicitation process. Craig was energy policy lead on Steve Westly’s 2006 California gubernatorial campaign. His resume includes senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at leading wireless, semiconductor, and banking companies such as Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Barclays Bank. Craig received an MBA and MSEE from the University of Southern California and a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.