The creation of a Committee for California’s Energy Independence was granted upon request of state Senator Ben Hueso, a press released announced.
The California State Senate approved this request Thursday and appointed Hueso (D-San Diego) as the chair.
The Senate also appointed Senators Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles), Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), and Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands) as members of the committee.
“It is imperative that we seek and expand opportunities to engage environmental and industry leaders to find statewide policies that will benefit California on its road to energy independence,” said Hueso.
This committee will focus on coordinating oversight hearings on establishing energy independence goals, working with the legislature, California Public Utilities Commission, researchers, and industry leaders to create a dialog and identify effective planning and implementation strategies to solve California’s energy crisis, the release reads.
“California must take advantage of the tremendous opportunities available to reinvest in energy and fuel industries to create jobs, improve the environment and keep fuel affordable,” added Hueso.
The committee’s first meeting, tentatively planned for July, will partly focus on assessing California’s renewable energy portfolio and explore methods of evaluating and forecasting the state’s long-term reliability energy needs, according to the release, noting funding options to accomplish the state’s energy independence goals will also be discussed.