SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) released the following statement regarding the importance of ensuring energy grid reliability and expanding renewable energy in California:

“With scorching temperatures known to surpass 110 degrees, the threat of rolling blackouts to the desert communities I serve can be life-threatening. These challenging times have highlighted how vital affordable, reliable power is to meeting our daily light, air conditioning, medical, communication, remote work, and distance learning needs. By expanding and diversifying our portfolio of renewable energy technologies, California has the opportunity to achieve our climate goals and build-out a safe, clean, and reliable energy grid while simultaneously supporting economic recovery efforts.”

“We have the range of technologies needed to diversify our energy grid and store large-scale amounts of clean energy for later usage during peak times, but as a state, we’ve fallen short of implementing. My district contains tremendous potential for additional renewable energy development including a shovel ready project that can generate 1300 MW of clean, stored energy as well as largely untapped possibilities for lithium recovery and geothermal energy development near the Salton Sea. We must seize these opportunities to improve environmental conditions, safeguard the reliability of power, create jobs, and uplift the economies of underserved communities further devastated by the pandemic. Investments in clean energy is a critical component to reviving our economy.”

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