Measure calls for a comprehensive review of California’s energy plan
SACRAMENTO – Greater coordination and forethought are the goals of Assembly Bill 284, a measure introduced this session by Asm. Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), his first as a newly-elected legislator.
If signed into law, the Quirk bill would require state energy and environmental agencies to collaborate to ensure the greenhouse gas reduction goals laid out in AB 32 are met. Additionally, this bill would enhance California’s ability to evaluate its progress and determine the most cost-effective and reliable approaches towards a maximum effectiveness of each program.
- “There are a variety of stakeholders dealing with California’s long-term energy needs, but there is no platform for them work together to ensure we are on the right path,” Quirk said. “This bill is a common-sense measure that seeks to optimize our energy sources.”
- “Too often we see policies with worthy goals but lacking coordination with other long-term efforts,” Quirk said. “It’s only by taking a thoughtful step back can we be ready to take a giant step forward.”
The Assembly Rules Committee has referred this bill to both the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Utilities and Commerce; the two hearing dates are to be determined but must be completed by May 3rd to be considered in this legislative session.
Related Audio Clips
Asm Quirk says there’s no longer any doubt about greenhouse gases and their relationship to climate change. (:14) /sites/default/files/audio/20130226AB284Quirk6.MP3
Asm Quirk says recent LAO and Little Hoover Commission reports state what he already knew…its time to coordinate efforts to control the impacts of climate change. (:09)
Asm Quirk says California should show the rest of the world the best ways to combat climate change. (:14)
Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly. He is a member of the powerful Assembly Rules Committee and has been appointed to the Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Public Safety, and Utilities & Commerce.
Contact: Sean Henschel, Chief of Staff
(916) 319-2020 or Sean.Henschel@asm.ca.gov