CalCAN was founded in 2009, and to mark our 10th birthday we produced a report to celebrate the accomplishments of our coalition and partner network and to document and share that history. CalCAN at 10 Years: A Decade of Breaking Ground & Sowing Seeds summarizes the “Why, How, When, What and Who” of our past decade of work.
CalCAN’s Bill History
CalCAN sponsored or played a lead role in the following bills that passed and were signed into law.
SB 489, Renewable Energy Equity Act (2011) — Authored by Senator Lois Wolk, the bill expanded the state’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) program to include small scale bioenergy projects and improve grid connection options for farmers.
AB 2174 (2012) — This bill, introduced by Assemblymember Luis Alejo, reformed the Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) by allowing technical assistance projects as an eligible category of funding.
SB 594 (2012) — Introduced by Senator Lois Wolk, the bill established the Net Energy Metering Aggregation (NEMA) program which allows renewable energy produced on one meter to be credited against electricity use on other meters of the same customer, making NEM more cost-effective for growers.
AB 1532 (2012) — Introduced by Speaker John Perez, the bill includes sustainable agriculture as an eligible funding area for cap and trade investment.
SB 1350 (2016) — Language from this Healthy Soils Bill, introduced by Senator Wolk, informed the budget bill SB 859 that established the Healthy Soils program in statute and mandated that the state fund more than anaerobic digesters in its efforts to reduce methane emissions from livestock operations.
SB 732 (2017) — This bill, authored by Senator Henry Stern, encourages local governments to identify and prioritize agricultural lands for farmland conservation and identify land suitable for urban in-fill development.
SB 5 (2017) — This bill, by Senator Kevin De León, led to the inclusion of natural resources bond measure Proposition 68 on the June 2018 ballot, which was passed by voters. CalCAN advocated for improvements to the agriculture chapter.
SB 252 (2017) — Introduced by Senator Bill Dodd, this bill responded to groundwater concerns of many family farmers and rural residents by requiring local governments in critically overdrafted groundwater basins to request additional information on new well permits and make the information publicly available.
AB 2377 (2018) — Authored by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, this bill funds technical assistance for farmers and ranchers seeking to transition to Climate Smart Agriculture practices.