Laura Wisland

Senior analyst, Clean Energy

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Laura Wisland is a senior energy analyst and an expert on California renewable energy policies. She holds a master’s degree in public policy. See Laura's full bio.

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100% Clean Energy? In California, SB 100 May Make it Possible

Update: During the week of July 10th, SB 100 was heard in two major policy committees in the Assembly: the Utilities and Energy committee and the Natural Resources committee. The bill was voted out and now heads to Appropriations.

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For many, summertime means getting to wear shorts, eating more ice cream than usual, and if you’re lucky, sleeping in. But for me, summertime means putting on a suit and heading to Sacramento to talk about energy policy. While the Trump Administration tries unsuccessfully to convince the country that coal is the answer, the California Legislature is moving ever forward to advance a cleaner and healthier energy future. Read more >

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Despite Bipartisan Support for Clean Energy, Nevada Governor Vetoes RPS Bill

(Updated on June 16, 2017)

Governor Brian Sandoval waited until the very last minute to decide, but ultimately vetoed AB 206, a bill that would have raised Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 40% by 2030. The current RPS is 25% by 2025.

On June 3rd, AB 206 passed the final hurdle in the legislature with bipartisan support. Doing so sent a clear message that Nevada lawmakers want the state to benefit from cleaner air and more renewable energy jobs. Read more >

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Photo: Black Rock Solar/CC BY 2.0, Flickr

As the White House Fixates on Coal, Renewable Energy Goes Local

Compared to where many states and cities across this country are headed, the focus on coal is at best nostalgic and misguided, and at worst desperate and dangerous Read more >

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An Earth Day Salute to States Leading the Clean Energy Transition

In an age where basic environmental issues are becoming hyper-political, I am encouraged by a new analysis that proves just how much progress we’ve made across the country. Read more >

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Why the Time is Right for Nevada to Raise its Renewable Portfolio Standard

Passing AB 206 would place Nevada in the camp with other clean energy leaders like Hawaii, Vermont, California, Oregon and Maine, and send a strong signal to the clean energy and clean technology industries that Nevada is open for business. Read more >

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