Using Cap and Trade revenues and other resources, California climate spending includes research and development, financial incentives and direct deployment of renewable energy, advanced transportation, efficiency, emission reductions, and land use and building practices.
Two websites have emerged in recent weeks to track California climate investments.
|Source: California Climate Investments Map|
The Climate Investment Map illustrates the growing investments from these programs at the local and regional level. Initially, the site is prioritizing for inclusion climate and energy programs with the largest budgets and readily accessible data. Among the programs included are the following:
- California Solar Initiative – Overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission, the initiative provides incentives for solar systems installations to customers of the state’s investor-owned utilities.
- The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) – Administered by the California Energy Commission, Prop 39 provides funding to local schools to improve energy efficiency and create clean-energy jobs.
- Clean Vehicle Rebate Project – Administered by the Air Resources Board, the program is designed to promote the purchase of zero-emission vehicles.
Transform is aggregating data from various state agencies into an interactive map (link here) showing climate related investments in sustainable communities, energy, transportation, resources and waste.
|Source: Climate Benefits for California|
According to Ryan Wiggins of Transform, "One of our primary goals in creating ClimateBenefitsCA.org is to give people an easy way to understand the positive impact of climate investments in their legislative districts, county, region, and the state as a whole."
Like the California state map, the Climate Benefits map and related tools will be regularly updated.
(for more on California climate change issues, see my Climate Dispatch blog at http://climatedispatch.blogspot.com )