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RESOLUTION NO. 2020-16 <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY <br />OF NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA, SUPPORTING <br />BALANCED ENERGY SOLUTIONS AND MAINTAINING <br />LOCAL CONTROL OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS <br />WHEREAS, the state legislature and state agencies are increasingly proposing <br />new legislation and regulations eliminating choice of energy by mandating technologies <br />to power buildings and public and private fleets, including transit and long-haul trucking, <br />as a strategy to achieve the state's climate goals; <br />WHEREAS, clean, affordable and reliable energy is crucial to the material health, <br />safety and well-being of City of Newport Beach ("City") residents; <br />WHEREAS, the need for clean, affordable and reliable energy to attract and retain <br />local businesses, create jobs and spur economic development, which is vital to the City's <br />success in a highly competitive and increasingly regional and global marketplace; <br />WHEREAS, the City's residents and businesses value local control and the right <br />to choose the policies and investments that most affordably and efficiently enable them <br />to comply with state requirements; <br />WHEREAS, building and vehicle technology mandates eliminate local control and <br />customer choice, suppress innovation, reduce reliability and unnecessarily increase costs <br />for City's residents and businesses; and <br />WHEREAS, the City understands that relying on a single energy delivery system <br />unnecessarily increases vulnerabilities to natural and man-made disasters, and that a <br />diversity of energy delivery systems and resources contribute to greater reliability and <br />community resilience. <br />NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Newport Beach resolves as <br />follows: <br />Section 1: The City Council does hereby support diverse and balanced energy <br />solutions that provide it with decision-making authority, and opposes proposed state <br />legislation and policies that eliminate local control. <br />Section 2: The City Council does hereby support state proposals and <br />regulations that retain local control with respect to energy sources and delivery systems. <br />