Policy Priorities

Advocating for the critical need to support cleantech startup innovation

Working with policymakers

to support policies and regulatory decisions that send market signals which enable our community of innovators to thrive and prosper.


Accelerating transportation electrification in California  

We worked with Senator Lena Gonzalez on Senate Bill 1251 to create the Office of the Zero Emission Vehicle Equity Advocate to facilitate the coordination across agencies necessary to advance California’s electrification goals.

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Supporting zero emissions goods movement at the Port of LA 

We received a $1.5 million Community Project Funding grant, secured by Congresswoman Nanette Barragán (CA-44), through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant will fund the installation of public charging infrastructure for electric heavy-duty trucks.

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Ensuring that zero emissions transportation was included in the Inflation Reduction Act

With the Transportation Electrification Partnership, we led the development of a national economic recovery plan in April 2020, which focused on accelerating the transition to electrified transportation by investing $150 billion in stimulus to help restart our nation’s economy, put Americans back to work, and protect public health. We laid out a set of recommendations for approximately $150 billion in federal stimulus to put people back to work through manufacturing, infrastructure, and innovation to boost the economy, create jobs, reduce air pollution, improve public health, protect vulnerable populations, and build climate resilience.

Advocating at the federal-level on the importance of clean energy innovation in driving American economic growth and competitiveness 

LACI and the National Coalition of Clean Energy Incubators worked with Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) to draft a Congressional letter of support for the coalition’s FY’25 budget priorities. The letter was co-signed by 9 other Senators. A companion letter was also developed by Reps. Schiff, Barragan and Gomez, which also supported the coalition’s budget priorities in the House of Representatives.

Bringing the power of startup innovation to Sacramento 

Our policy work at the state level aims to create a supportive ecosystem for cleantech entrepreneurs and businesses while advancing California's goals for environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. We regularly engage with policymakers and we connect startup founders and policymakers to highlight firsthand the value of public investment in cleantech innovation.

Moving the City of Los Angeles towards clean energy and zero emissions transportation.  

Through a motion introduced by Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Mitch O’Farrell, the City of LA and LADWP requires 100% of the City’s electricity to come from clean, zero-carbon energy by 2035. With these bold targets and key milestones, LADWP has set a precedent for the rest of the nation to continue on the path towards transportation electrification. The Board of Supervisors officially supported the CEP Roadmap and committed the County to supporting the 15% GHG reduction goal and the 17 specific targets to be achieved by 2028.