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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California’s 100% Clean Energy Bill Faces Setback—But Progress Continues

The California Legislature failed to bring Senate Bill 100 (De León) for a full vote on Friday. Had the bill, SB 100 (De León), passed and been signed into law it would have accelerated the state’s primary renewable energy program, known as the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS), by raising the current requirement from 50 to 60 percent by 2030. It also would have set an ambitious new policy for all electricity produced in the state to come from zero-carbon resources by 2045. Read more >

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The Solar Eclipse and Our Electricity Supply: Why We’ve Got This Covered

Is losing all that solar energy during the eclipse a big deal for the electricity grid? Turns out, no. Read more >

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

Update: SB 100 has passed out of all policy committees, and is headed to the Assembly Floor. We do not know exactly when the bill might be brought up for a vote. The Legislature has until September 15th to vote on all bills.
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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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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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