Alternative energy is big business in Sacramento.
Don’t believe us? Take a look at the agenda for today’s Advanced Energy Economy summit, a convening of public officials and firms invested in clean, efficient and innovative energy sources.
Among the attendees will be billionaire kingmaker Tom Steyer, who has become a national figure for bankrolling environmental causes and candidates. He’ll be talking with Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, head of the agency implementing California’s unprecedented (and controversial) cap-and-trade program. Also listed are California Energy Commission chair Robert Weisenmiller and a roster of lawmakers that includes cap-and-trade architect Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, and incoming Senate leader Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles.
Lawmakers are set to discuss how California can meet its emissions-reducing goals, benchmarks that have helped prompt substantial investment in alternative energy (helped along by tax breaks and other policy incentives). An interesting twist: on the panel of legislators is Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, who has been leading the charge to amend cap-and-trade so gasoline is not included for a few more years.