Newly passed bill is type of policy California “needs to help its economic recovery”

SACRAMENTO (September 1, 2020) – Late Monday night, the California legislature passed AB 841, a bill that swill streamline millions in investments to expand California’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and make improvements to school energy efficiency upgrades.

Following is a statement from Andy Wunder, Western States Advocate for the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs):

“This bill is the sort of policy California needs to help its economic recovery. The investments in this bill will put our state’s energy efficiency, clean vehicle, and grid modernization workers back to work and once again shows the state’s leadership at the intersection of environment and economy.

“90,000 California clean energy workers have lost their jobs since the COVID-19 crisis. Governor Newsom now has opportunity to tackle climate change and get some of these Californians back to work today reducing state energy costs and upgrading infrastructure. The governor should sign AB841 into law as soon as possible and other states should follow if they want to restart their economies.”

For more information or for interview requests, please contact Michael Timberlake at 202-289-2407 or mtimberlake@e2.org.

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Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. For more information, see www.e2.org or follow us on Twitter at @e2org.

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