California Senate Leader Meets with Hawaiian Officials on 100 percent Clean Energy and Climate Change

Senator de León continues his clean-energy campaign in LA Saturday at California’s Only Solar Festival: Eastside Sol

Friday, August 18, 2017

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HONOLULU – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León met with top Hawaiian government officials and addressed the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Thursday to discuss the Aloha State’s commitment to generate 100 percent clean, renewable sources by 2045 -- a goal Senator de León is pursuing for California with Senate Bill 100.

“Our commitment to clean energy is a key part of California’s economic success,” Senator de León told the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, “and SB 100 ensures that we remain the world’s clean energy leader.”Senate Leader De León with Governor Ige and HI Senate President Kouchi

Senate Leader De León with HI State Representative Chris LeeSenator de León added that there are many economic challenges that must be met to achieve a clean energy future, “whether it’s trade disputes, tax credits, or Trump tweets. But there is also boundless opportunity. And rest assured that California stands in solidarity with Hawaii in our commitment to addressing climate change and building a clean energy future.”

Senator de León met with Hawaiian Governor David Ige, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono, Hawaiian Senate leader, Ron Kouchi, and Representative Chris Lee, author of Hawaii’s 100 percent renewable portfolio standard law and Chair of the Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection (EEP).

"Aside from being the right thing to do, transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy was a strategic and economic decision for Hawaii,” Rep. Lee said. “It will cut costs for consumers and improve energy reliability, bringing us closer to true energy independence. I'm proud that Hawaii has set the bar for the nation and I'm encouraged by California's efforts. Pass SB 100 and let's lead the world into the clean energy future together."

Eastside Sol

The third annual Eastside Sol is a solar-powered music and art festival that helps Eastside residents go green and save money on their energy bills by connecting them with existing and emerging clean energy initiatives. This year, the RePower LA coalition will focus on pushing for a Shared Solar program for renters in Los Angeles. Input collected from LADWP ratepayers at Eastside Sol will inform a larger citywide convening which will take place in September to set priorities for clean energy activism.

The festival will feature music from Selenamos, El Conjunto Nueva Ola, Mariachi Voz de America, and more on an 100% solar-powered stage; LADWP's Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP) and Rooftop Solar enrollment; job opportunities with IBEW Local 18 and LADWP; interactive artmaking and live t-shirt silk-screening with Self Help Graphics & Art; free bilingual bike rodeo, helmet and lights giveaway, and more!

DETAILS FOR MEDIA INTERESTED IN ATTENDING:

WHEN: 2 – 6 p.m. Saturday, August 19, 2017, Speakers at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Mariachi Plaza, 1817 E 1st St Los Angeles, CA 90033
WHO: Senate Leader Kevin de León, Congressman Jimmy Gomez, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, Councilmember Jose Huizar
PARKING: Media parking will be available on Bailey Street

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Eastside Sol Art and Music Festival

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