California Cooling Act faces next hurdle in August

By Michael Garry, Jul 30, 2018, 20:27 2 minute reading

Senator Lara welcomes letters of support for the bill, which will likely be voted on by the state Appropriations Committee on August 17.

California State Senator Ricardo Lara, delivering keynote at ATMOsphere America in June

State Senator Ricardo Lara’s California Cooling Act, which would create financial incentives for natural refrigerant systems installed in California, is now before the state legislature’s Assembly Appropriations Committee, which will likely vote on the bill on August 17, according to a Lara staff member.

Introduced by Lara in February, the bill was passed by the California Senate on May 30, and was approved 7-3 by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on June 18th. If approved by the Appropriations Committee, final action on the bill is expected by the end of August, followed by a decision in the legislature on the amount of incentive funding that would be allocated for the bill.

“It is hard to speculate how the bill will fair in Appropriations or on the Assembly Floor,” said the staff member.

The bill targets end users of supermarket refrigeration, cold storage equipment and commercial air conditioning systems.

It is hard to speculate how the bill will fair in Appropriations or on the Assembly Floor.” 
– Member of Senator Ricardo Lara’s staff 

Lara continues to welcome letters of support for the California Cooling Act from industry stakeholders, especially end users, by August 8. Letters can be emailed to “These will be helpful to demonstrate the breadth of businesses that are interested in low-GWP cooling solutions,” said the Lara sfaffer.

shecco, the publisher of this website, recently delivered a letter of support to Lara’s office with endorsements from 14 natural refrigerant businesses.

Lara was named Person of the Year 2018 by Accelerate America magazine at the ATMOsphere America conference in Long Beach, Calif., in June. I

In addition to the California Cooling Act, in 2014 Lara authored Senate Bill 605, which directed the California Air Resources Board (CARB)to develop a comprehensive SLCP strategy; and in 2015, he wrote the Super Pollutant Reduction Act of 2016 (Senate Bill 1383), which commits California to reducing HFCs by 40% below 2013 levels by 2030.

By Michael Garry

Jul 30, 2018, 20:27

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