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Keeping Energy Costs in Check While Going Green

It is our goal to promote affordable energy solutions — including renewable resources and efficiency programs — for all Californians.

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Keeping Energy Costs in Check While Going Green

Over the past several months, California consumers have become keenly aware that their energy costs are going up, and with good reason. Consider that the average cost of gasoline on a per-gallon basis has spiked, and that electricity has also risen significantly over the past year. Is this the cost of moving toward a renewable future?  

The transition to clean energy is happening faster than anticipated. The good news is that this means carbon and air pollution are already decreasing, improving public health each and every year. The better news is that these reductions will result in significant near-term and long-term public health benefits, especially for the most vulnerable citizens.

Unfortunately, the bad news is that costs will go up as we embark on the green journey. The consulting firm E3 recently published a report saying that achieving 100% renewable energy in California will add $67 billion to the current $109 billion annual cost of energy. However, in the long run, energy prices should become more affordable for all consumer classes. 

As California continues on its quest to a new green future, more and more people could be falling behind due to rising energy costs. Today, California counts one million households as living in “energy poverty,” which is most pronounced in the inland counties. The term refers to those households where more than 10% of the income is used for energy, not counting transportation.  

By transitioning to renewable resources on a timeframe that provides greater affordability, energy costs can be mitigated, and could put extra money in the pockets of all Californians.

Protecting Employees, Communities & the Environment

We are committed to backing energy companies who emphasize employee, public, and environmental safety as their prime concerns.

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Protecting Employees, Communities & the Environment

The energy industry operates under the most stringent and comprehensive government regulations and industry business standards. In California, the industry is overseen and regulated by more than a dozen federal, state, regional, and local agencies.

While it’s true that human error results in well-publicized and unfortunate incidents, the industry as a whole maintains an exemplary safety record that only continues to improve. In addition to government regulations, refiners operate under aggressive, self-imposed safety measures designed to provide maximum protection to communities where they operate, their workers, and our environment. Together with extensive training of the workforce, the use of certified safety equipment, ongoing safety reviews, frequent inspections, emergency response plans, and transparency with local communities, and state and federal governments – safety for all continues to improve.

The energy industry’s record speaks for itself. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the energy sector is one of the safest industrial sectors in the country, with fewer worker injuries than sectors like education, retail sales, and financial services.

The energy industry considers safety its top priority and is committed to developing the technologies, standards and best practices, and programs needed to help ensure that workplace safety and environmental safeguarding is at the forefront of all industry activities.