Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 49, “Clean Power, Smart Power,” by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. The new law will help California meet its electric grid reliability and climate change goals by advancing the development and use of so-called “smart appliances” that can shift demand for electricity to when renewable energy production is at its highest, thereby reducing the need for backup, fossil fuel power plants.
“SB 49 will help bring California’s electrical grid into the 21st century and allow us to use our clean, renewable power more effectively,” Skinner said. “SB 49 will also save ratepayers money, because smart appliances can be programmed to use electricity when it is cheapest.”