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About Us

WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

Californians for Balanced Energy Solutions is a coalition of natural and renewable gas users. Our members include families, small and large commercial businesses, industrial users, local governments and nonprofit organizations. We know how vital natural and renewable gas are for keeping energy costs down, maintaining customer choice, contributing to a strong economy and helping California achieve its environmental targets. Our goals are to educate Californians about natural and renewable gas and support balanced energy policies that recognize the importance of gas for our economy and a cleaner environment.

We are set to surpass ... reduction goals a decade early. Natural gas is the only fossil fuel that actually increases in demand under modeled scenarios that keep the rise in the global average temperature to below the critical 2°C threshold.

- Jude Clemente, RealClear Energy

CORE PRINCIPLES

CORE PRINCIPLES

Clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy is critical to
California’s economic and environmental well-being.

Today, all California households and businesses can choose
the type of energy that meets their specific needs. And, in
opinion survey after survey, California voters
overwhelmingly support continued energy choice.

California’s future will require balanced energy solutions. The
state should support policies to ensure all forms of clean
energy solutions are available to customers.

Policies should promote reliable, affordable, and
environmentally responsible forms of energy that meet
California’s diverse needs, including both air quality and
climate change emissions reduction goals.

Californians shouldn’t have to choose between what’s good for
the environment and what makes sense. Clean, safe, affordable
and reliable Natural Gas and Renewable Gas can do both — meet
customer needs and protect California’s environment. These
clean energy resources should continue to be available for
customers to choose.

For California, Natural Gas and Renewable Gas should continue
to be part of California’s balanced energy portfolio. These clean
energy resources complement California’s clean electricity,
including solar, wind, and hydro-generated power. And, they
can ensure the state’s climate goals are met, while California
remains the Golden State.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  • Chair
    Matt Rahn
    Director
    Environmental Leadership Institute/CSU San Marcos
  • Vice Chair
    Paul Granillo
    Chief Executive Officer
    Inland Empire Economic Partnership
  • Treasurer
    Gretchen Gutierrez
    Chief Executive Officer
    Desert Valleys Builders Association

Board Members

  • Gerald "Jerry" Acosta
    Sr. National Rep / Region V
    Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA)
  • Joy Alafia
    President & CEO
    Western Propane Gas Association (WPGA)
  • Michael Boccadoro
    Executive Director
    Agriculture Energy Consumers Association
  • Robin Downs
    President
    Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), Local 483
  • Johannes Escudero
    CEO / Executive Director
    Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas
  • Kirk Franks
    Chief Financial Officer
    MCA Clay Roof Tile
  • Mitchell Frieder
    Chef / Restaurant Entrepreneur
  • Jeli Gavric
    Legislative Advocate
    California Association of Realtors
  • Brett Guge
    Executive Vice President
    California Steel Industries
  • John Hakel
    Executive Director
    Southern California Partnership for Jobs
  • Matthew Hargrove
    Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs
    California Business Properties Association
  • Eric Hofmann
    President
    UWUA Local 132
  • Hyepin Im
    Chief Executive Officer
    Faith and Community Empowerment
  • Brad Jensen
    Director of Public Policy
    San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
  • Bill La Marr
    Executive Director
    California Small Business Alliance
  • Thomas Lawson
    Chief Executive Officer
    California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition
  • Ron Loveridge
    Director
    UC Riverside - Center for Sustainable Suburban Dev.
  • George Minter
    Regional Vice President
    Southern California Gas Company
  • Andy Molina
    Executive Director
    Southeast Churches Service Center
  • Rob Neenan
    Chief Executive Officer
    California League of Food Producers
  • Jeff Orlandini
    President
    Pacific Die Casting
  • Gary Passmore
    Executive Director
    Congress of California Seniors
  • Brian Pullen
    Sustainability Manager
    Pechanga Resort and Casino
  • Lilly Rocha
    President
    Latino Food Industry Association
  • Leah Silverthorn
    Policy Advocate
    California Chamber of Commerce
  • Scott Wetch
    California Pipe Trades Council and Coalition of California Utility Employees
  • Hon. Steve Worthley (Retired)
    Tulare County Board of Supervisors

Staff

Staff

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