State Awards $2 Million to 10 California Native American Tribes for Climate and Clean Energy Projects

SACRAMENTO – California Native American Tribes taking action on climate change are getting a boost from a new State program designed to support tribally led efforts.

Nearly $2 million awarded through the Tribal Government Challenge Planning Grant Program will support projects that identify solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve clean energy access, and advance climate resiliency on Tribal lands and in tribal communities.

“California recognizes the leadership of Tribes in advancing strong clean air standards as well as ambitious climate and energy goals,” said Christina Snider, Tribal Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom. “These grants provide opportunities to focus on new Tribal climate and energy planning activities.”

Funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and administered in partnership with the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC), the program focuses on the unique needs of Tribal governments and the valuable ongoing role Tribes serve in helping the State achieve its climate goals.

“The CEC is proud to provide funding to support Tribal climate leadership through this unique initiative,” said CEC Commissioner Karen Douglas. “These tribally-driven projects will bring important research and technological gains while helping ensure all communities benefit from access to the state’s clean energy investments.”

The grants range from $215,000 to $250,000 and support planning for a variety of climate change and clean energy projects, including energy storage, renewables, biomass, and community and energy resilience to climate impacts.

“The California Strategic Growth Council Team looks forward to building relationships and collaborating with the Tribal Government Challenge grantees to ensure projects advance Tribes’ goals and priorities around climate change, energy, and resilience,” said Louise Bedsworth, SGC’s Executive Director. “We commend all of the applicants for submitting thoughtful proposals and are eager to support the awardees as they begin their planning processes.”

The Tribal Government Challenge Program is also supporting a Statewide Gap Analysis to provide an assessment of Tribes’ clean energy and climate change adaptation and resilience priorities. The analysis is led by Glendora-based firm Prosper Sustainability along with a consulting team including tribal professionals, and women- and Native American-owned businesses, all with extensive experience working with California Native American Tribes.

  • The Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians (Lake County) of the Big Valley Rancheria received $250,000 for a feasibility study to determine how to convert existing electric infrastructure to a microgrid system that incorporates renewable generation and energy storage.
  • The Karuk Tribe (Siskiyou County) received $250,000 for eco-cultural revitalization and climate resilience monitoring. The grant also funds alternative energy planning and feasibility studies, and an assessment to examine the socio-economic impact of removing the Klamath hydroelectric facility.
  • The Kashia Band of Pomo Indians (Sonoma County) received $250,000 for a comprehensive energy planning project for residential and community facilities including onsite renewable energy generation. The grant will also fund a study to examine the feasibility of biomass fuel and energy production from tribally owned forests.
  • The Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California (Lake County) received $215,000 for an energy audit, conservation plan, and assessment of climate change impacts on tribal energy use and infrastructure.
  • The Pit River Tribe (Shasta, Siskiyou, Modoc, and Lassen Counties) received $250,000 for a feasibility study of solar and biomass production and energy storage capabilities on the tribe’s land.
  • The Pala Band of Mission Indiansthe Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians (San Diego County) received $250,000 to assess and prioritize the three tribes’ needs and opportunities for energy, climate, and community sustainability, and to conduct advanced planning on priority strategies selected by tribal leaders.
  • The Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians (Lake County) received $248,000 for a feasibility study for a bioenergy plant and to produce a bioenergy feasibility tool.
  • The Tule River Tribe (Tulare County) The Tule River Tribe (Tulare County) received $250,000 to develop a comprehensive energy and climate plan that will include climate adaptation and sovereign resiliency mitigation goals. Tule River will be working with WampWorx Energy, a Native-owned firm, to identify clean, renewable energy solutions for Tribal nations.

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About the California Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission is leading the state to a 100 percent clean energy future. It has seven core responsibilities: developing renewable energy, transforming transportation, increasing energy efficiency, investing in energy innovation, advancing state energy policy, certifying thermal power plants, and preparing for energy emergencies.

About the California Strategic Growth Council
The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is a cabinet-level State body committed to health, thriving, and resilient communities for all. SGC coordinates and works collaboratively with public agencies, communities, and stakeholders to achieve sustainability, equity, economic prosperity, and high quality of life for all Californians.

Fuente: energy.ca.gov

California golpea la mesa y prohibirá la venta de autos con motor a combustión a partir de 2035

El estado norteamericano señaló que todos los autos nuevos deberán ser eléctricos o no generar emisiones de carbono en 15 años más.

La batalla de los autos eléctricos dio un enorme golpe. California, uno de los estados que encabeza la batalla contra el calentamiento global y el cambio climático anunció que a partir de 2035 dejará de comercializar vehículos a combustión. Con la firma de Gavin Newsom, gobernador de California, se estableció mediante una orden ejecutiva que en 15 años estará prohibida la venta de autos movidos por combustibles fósiles.

Desde esa fecha, todos los autos nuevos deberán ser eléctricos o no generar emisiones de carbono (ser neutrales). De esta manera, los fabricantes tendrán tiempo para asegurarse de que los vehículos de mayor envergadura cumplan también con esos requisitos.

“Por demasiadas décadas hemos permitido que los autos contaminen el aire que nuestros niños y familias respiran”, dijo Newsom, agregando que “se merecen un auto que no le provoque asma a sus niños. Nuestros autos no deberían empeorar los incendios forestales y crear más días en los que el aire esté lleno de humo”.

De todas maneras, la regulación no prohibirá el uso de autos motorizados por combustión interna previo a esa fecha límite y tampoco impedirá que los residentes compren autos fuera de la jurisdicción y los usen en ella.

Entre las razones que esgrime el gobernador Newsom, destacó los beneficios ambientales y económicos que generan los autos eléctricos. Así, usó de ejemplo a Tesla, que tiene una de sus plantas en el estado y destacó que Ford haya comenzado a producir vehículos eléctricos.

La reacción en Chile

La organización binacional Chile California Council, con base en San Francisco (California), ente que busca promover relaciones mutuamente beneficiosas y el intercambio de conocimientos entre Chile y California en los sectores público y privado, mostró su satisfacción respecto de la medida y cómo ello podría generar efectos en otros países, entre ellos Chile.

Rafael Friedmann, presidente del Consejo Chile California, precisó que “aplaudo la orden ejecutiva del gobernador del Estado de California, Gavin Newsom, que prohíbe la venta en California de vehículos con motores de combustión interna a partir del año 2035. Su acción muestra mucha visión y valentía y dará el impulso para la transformación del sector transporte que necesitamos si queremos resolver el desafío del cambio climático”.

Agregó que “la medida es un mensaje claro de que California, que concentra cerca del 10% del mercado de vehículos en EE.UU., ya no tolerará ni aceptará las externalidades que los combustibles fósiles causan a la sociedad y la naturaleza; poniéndonos en un camino claro hacia un futuro sostenible. Dado el impacto que tiene California tanto en EE.UU. como otros mercados mundiales, espero que pronto muchos otros emulen esta acción. Los fabricantes de vehículos tendrán que adaptarse si quieren seguir en el negocio. Los vehículos eléctricos son mucho mejores para transportarse, tienen un rendimiento mejor (aceleración, estabilidad, menores costos de operación y mantenimiento), reducen el gasto de recursos (menos partes, menos uso de combustibles no-renovables), y reducen significativamente los impactos a la salud humana y la naturaleza. Sospecho que mucho antes del 2035 los mismos consumidores van a preferir vehículos eléctricos”.

En cuanto a los efectos que pueda tener en otros mercados, Friedmann precisó que “otros países, como Chile, harían bien en replicar esta acción y solo invertir a futuro en la infraestructura que apoya estos cambios necesarios para la sobrevivencia de los humanos, sus sociedades y la naturaleza que nos da sustento. Este tipo de medidas además, ofrece oportunidades importantes de empleo y una sociedad y economía más justa y resiliente”.

 

Fuente: La Tercera

California hits the table and will ban the sale of combustion engine cars starting in 2035

The U.S. state said that all new cars must be electric or generate no carbon emissions in another 15 years.

The battle for electric cars took a huge blow. California, one of the states leading the battle against global warming and climate change, announced that as of 2035 it will stop marketing combustion vehicles. With the signature of Gavin Newsom, governor of California, it was established by executive order that in 15 years the sale of cars powered by fossil fuels will be prohibited.

From that date, all new cars will have to be electric or not generate carbon emissions (be carbon neutral). This will give manufacturers time to ensure that larger vehicles also meet these requirements.

“For too many decades we have allowed cars to pollute the air our children and families breathe,” Newsom said, adding that “they deserve a car that doesn’t give their children asthma. Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse and create more days when the air is full of smoke.”

However, the regulation will not prohibit the use of internal combustion vehicles prior to that deadline, nor will it prevent residents from buying cars outside the jurisdiction and using them there.

Among the reasons given by Governor Newsom, he highlighted the environmental and economic benefits generated by electric cars. He used Tesla, which has one of its plants in the state, as an example, and highlighted the fact that Ford has begun to produce electric vehicles.

Reaction in Chile

The bi-national organization Chile California Council, based in San Francisco (California), an organization that seeks to promote mutually beneficial relations and the exchange of knowledge between Chile and California in the public and private sectors, expressed its satisfaction with the measure and how it could generate effects in other countries, including Chile.

Rafael Friedmann, president of the Chile California Council, stated that “I applaud the executive order of the governor of the State of California, Gavin Newsom, which prohibits the sale of vehicles with internal combustion engines in California as of 2035. His action shows great vision and courage and will provide the impetus for the transformation of the transportation sector that we need if we are to meet the challenge of climate change”.

He added that “the move is a clear message that California, which accounts for about 10% of the U.S. vehicle market, will no longer tolerate or accept the externalities that fossil fuels cause to society and nature; putting us on a clear path to a sustainable future. Given the impact California is having in both the U.S. and other global markets, I expect many others will soon emulate this action. Vehicle manufacturers will have to adapt if they want to stay in business. Electric vehicles are much better for transportation, perform better (acceleration, stability, lower operating and maintenance costs), reduce resource expenditure (fewer parts, less use of non-renewable fuels), and significantly reduce impacts to human health and nature. I suspect that well before 2035 the same consumers will prefer electric vehicles”.

As for the effects it may have on other markets, Friedmann said that “other countries, such as Chile, would do well to replicate this action and only invest in the future in the infrastructure that supports these necessary changes for the survival of humans, their societies and the nature that sustains us. These types of measures furthermore, offer significant opportunities for employment and a more just and resilient society and economy.”

Source: LA TERCERA

COP25 Madrid

COP 25

Summary of Events and Participation of the CCC at COP25

During 2019, the CCC facilitated and contributed complementary content to the climate agenda of this conference. Its work on Energy, Agriculture and Conservation, with the support of Education and Technology, were greatly supplemented by the following activities that were sponsored by COP25:

1. Conference on “Agriculture in a Changing World”

2. Coastal Zone Seminar

3. Chile California Conservation Exchange

In addition to these seminars, global initiatives, NGOs and government agencies were united around the Oceans. This led to the BLUE COP25 AGENDA, in alliance with the Ocean Conservancy and in support of Rosa Garay Maldonado of the Ocean Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and President of COP25.

In Madrid, the Chile California Council held the following events at the COP25 Chile Pavilion:

  1. “Chile California: Connecting the Biological Corridor of the Western Pacific” – on Wednesday, December 4, with the participation of the Minister of Science Andrés Couve and the Chilean Coal Observatory Coalition.
  1. “Better Understanding Changing Ocean Conditions and Impacts on Marine Species and Ecosystems: Global Networks that are Advancing Regional Science, Monitoring and Response Strategies”- on Saturday, December 7, together with the Ocean Acidification Alliance, attended by Wade Crowfoot, Secretary of Natural Resources, and Andrés Couve, Minister of Science.
  1. “Climate Policies: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges”- held on Monday, December 9, featuring congressmen, high commissioners from the Energy sector, and representatives of the California private energy sector.

In addition, Matías Alcalde participated on behalf of the Chile California Council, as a panelist in the following events:

1. “Climate Change and Socio-Environmental Crisis in Chile,” organized together with Ladera Sur in the Mare Nostrum Room of the Green Zone.

2. “Latinos Marinos at COP25: Blue Leadership in CA and Latin American,” organized by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) of California and by the Azul Foundation. fields of action.

At the end of COP25, the agenda of the Chile California Council was seen as a contribution to facilitating a transformation of the public and private sectors.  Nonetheless, much still must be done during 2020 to continue contributing valuable content to Chile, which will continue to be President of COP25 presidency during the year.

Clean Energy Conference

On April 17, the Chile California Council (CCC), a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, California, hosted its sixth annual conference and board meeting in Sacramento, California. The Clean Energy Conference focused on the exploration of various solar and wind energy storage, distribution and demand management technologies, as well as an interesting tour of clean transportation alternatives, such as electrification of passenger, light and heavy duty vehicles and public transportation.

In this varied exchange of knowledge, visualizing a future with lower or zero carbon emissions for Chile and California, there was an important presence of prominent speakers representing the private sector, the public sector of both governments and major universities in California, who contributed with a complete vision of the challenges we face to achieve an energy matrix with more than 50% renewable energy by 2030. Both Chile and California share the same goal.

CCC implemented for the first time a revenue generation model to finance its annual conference and was able to gather close to 100 attendees, 24 speakers divided into 5 thematic panels, with the great support of Cal Chamber (California Chamber of Commerce) who contributed with its conference room and valuable logistical support. We also received the generous sponsorship and participation of Best Innovation and Marca Chile.

Additionally, the conference counted with the presence and collaboration of the U.S. Government and the Government of California, among whom were the U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Carol Z. Perez, Ken Alex, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Carol Z. Perez, Ken Alex, Senior Advisor and Director of Governor Brown’s Office of Planning and Research, and Andrew McAllister, California Energy Commissioner.

About Chile California Council: CCC is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, California, that receives funding from the Government of Chile, and donations from its board members and U.S. entities. CCC’s mission is to promote mutually beneficial relations and knowledge exchange between Chile and California in both the public and private sectors. Its board of directors includes 28 outstanding leaders in their areas of expertise who contribute their time and monetary contributions.

See agenda.

See speakers.