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Curbing Climate Change With Renewable Energy

Join us in our push to adopt clean, renewable resources, and minimize our harmful impact on the environment from using fossil fuels.

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Curbing Climate Change With Renewable Energy

In 2003, more than 20% of California’s power came from coal, and less than 2% from wind and solar resources. California’s governor and legislature argued that this approach was negatively impacting the environment and leading to climate change. As a result, California took a bold step by calling for an increase in renewable energy sources and the elimination of the use of coal power. 

California’s energy industry adapted to meet the state’s changing needs. Over the past 15 years, California coal-fired power plants were either retired or converted to more environmentally friendly sources for fuel, such as wood waste. This push has reduced the state’s dependence on coal by more than 80%. In fact, California coal plants are virtually nonexistent, and imported coal power will be eliminated in the coming years.

Since 2004, California has transitioned from coal power to renewable energy, which now accounts for one-third of all of the state’s electricity needs. Energy companies invested heavily in wind and solar projects, and as a result, almost a quarter of California’s energy needs comes from wind and solar.

The energy industry also turned to battery storage to address the intermittency of wind and solar power. While the technology is still developing, California is the industry leader with more than double the battery storage of any other state. 

While technological advancements for renewable and storage solutions continue, some traditional forms of energy production are needed. California companies are implementing the best available control technology to capture harmful emissions and reduce pollution. These companies  are also working with biofuels, fuel cells, and other technologies to continue to strive toward a carbon-neutral world.

It is through these steps that California has already reached its goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels. California continues to do its part to curb climate change and build a green future. Now it’s time for the rest of the world to follow suit.

Feeding the Hungry Economy With Family-Wage Jobs

The energy industry plays a pivotal role in the lives of Californians and their families, providing millions of projected jobs and generating billions in state and local tax revenues.

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Feeding the Hungry Economy With Family-Wage Jobs

Since its inception on September 9, 1850 as the 31st state, California has been an innovator. Today, as the fifth largest economy in the world, with a gross state product of $3 trillion and approaching 40 million total residents, job creation is critical for maintaining a strong, robust economy.  

For job growth and maintenance, California looks to the four pillars of its economy: energy, agriculture, entertainment, and technology.  

Focusing on the energy sector, and specifically the oil industry, the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD) credits the industry with employing hundreds of thousands of workers in a wide range of family-wage jobs, from research, exploration, production, and shipping to refining, delivery, sales, and company operations. The tens of billions of dollars in income from these jobs represent the aspirations of many generations of California families for improved education, health, and quality of living.

  • $26 billion in annual salaries 
  • $21 billion in annual tax revenue to the state

The oil sector provides a diverse labor force with the potential to break the cycle of generational poverty. Investments in the oil industry will continue to create job opportunities for minorities and women.  African American and Hispanic workers are projected to account for close to 25% of new hires in management, business, and financial jobs through 2035. Of the women projected to be hired by the industry, more than half are expected to fill management roles.

With nearly 1.9 million jobs projected in the petrochemical industries through 2035, there is a vast opportunity for the industry to attract, retain, and develop lifelong careers for millennials. Millennials today have unique characteristics that will enable the creation of a better future. Through the use of technology, the industry is well-positioned to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges.