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SB-1380 Climate adaptation information clearinghouse.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) California has established aggressive targets to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, increase the use of renewable energy resources, and improve energy efficiency.
(b) Since disadvantaged and low-income communities are often disproportionately affected by pollution, California has made commitments to invest in disadvantaged communities to make an equitable transition to a low-carbon economy.
(c) To meet these targets, billions of dollars must be invested in the deployment of a broad set of energy technologies that advance environmental protection goals, including the generation of electricity from renewable energy resources, energy efficiency, energy storage, microgrids, and transportation electrification and other low-emission transportation technologies.
(d) This investment capital will necessarily come from the private sector, with public funds used as needed to spark market activity.
(e) There is also a need to integrate investments in energy technologies that advance environmental protection goals with other kinds of infrastructure investment that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
(f) The state has already devoted significant public resources, in the form of both subsidies and financing, to enable this deployment, with programs operated by numerous agencies.
(g) However, not all of these public resources are used to maximum efficiency, and they are not closely coordinated with one another.
(h) In addition, private sector participants may be unable to identify public resources that are available because of the complexity of existing programs and because the administration and oversight of existing programs is scattered across governmental entities.

SEC. 2.

 Section 71360 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

71360.
 (a) (1) The office shall coordinate with appropriate entities, including state, regional, or local agencies, to establish a clearinghouse for climate adaptation information for use by state, regional, and local entities.
(2) The clearinghouse shall be a centralized source of information that provides available climate data to guide decisionmakers at state, regional, and local levels when planning for and implementing climate adaptation projects to promote resiliency to climate change. The clearinghouse may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:
(A) A collection of the best-available resources that may include projections and models, vulnerability assessments, and downscaled data for climate change impacts throughout the state, when available, at statewide, regional, and local levels for both near-term and longer term timescales, including year 2050 and year 2100 projections. Climate change impacts may include, but are not limited to, impacts to public health, natural resources, environmental quality, and infrastructure.
(B) Tools that allow for the visualization or identification of regional and local impacts across the state and that integrate best-available data on vulnerable populations and infrastructure.
(C) A library of relevant white papers, case studies, research articles, and climate adaptation best practices that are searchable by relevance to region, locality, and sector.
(D) Information concerning funding opportunities for adaptation research, planning, and projects.
(E) Regionally prioritized best-practice adaptation projects that, as appropriate, integrate efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the state.
(F) Information concerning funding and financing opportunities relating to clean energy projects, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(i) Energy efficiency measures, including, but not limited to, weatherization, energy conservation, energy savings, insulation, and demand reduction.
(ii) Eligible renewable energy resources pursuant to the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program (Article 16 (commencing with Section 399.11) of Chapter 2.3 of Part 1 of Division 1 of the Public Utilities Code), except for a facility that uses biomass, which is a “clean energy” facility only if the State Air Resources Board determines that its use does not impair the state’s ability to maintain or reach federal and state ambient air quality standards.
(iii) An energy storage system, as defined in Section 2835 of the Public Utilities Code, used to ensure reliability and integrate electricity from intermittent eligible renewable energy resources.
(iv) Electrical demand response measures used to ensure reliability and integrate electricity from intermittent eligible renewable energy resources.
(v) No- and low-carbon electrical generation technologies, including fuel cells.
(vi) Advanced vehicle technology, including plug-in and hybrid electric light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
(vii) Other technologies and measures that the State Air Resources Board determines are important to utilize to maintain or reach federal and state ambient air quality standards, to meet the state’s goals for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500) of the Health and Safety Code), or to meet the state’s goals for increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy in the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (Chapter 547 of the Statutes of 2015).
(b) The clearinghouse shall be regularly updated.