Press Releases

Governor Brown Signs Hueso Bill to Facilitate Trade and Goods Movement

October 02, 2014

 SB 1228 will provide infrastructure improvements along regional and federal trade corridors

(San Diego, CA) – A measure to provide infrastructure improvements along regional and federal trade corridors, authored by State Senator Ben Hueso, was signed by Governor Brown. SB 1228 maintains the Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF), which was set to expire fiscal year 2015-16. A press conference to discuss the bill will be held on Friday, October 3 at Cesar Chavez Park. 

Senator Ben Hueso Leads Economic Roundtable Discussion in Imperial Valley

September 05, 2014

(El Centro, CA) – After the unveiling of the newest project addition to the Imperial County workforce, Senator Ben Hueso spearheaded an economic roundtable discussion with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-BIZ) and the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation (IVEDC). Senator Hueso focused the meeting on new project incentives, including market tax credits and renewable energy opportunities for the region.

Senator Ben Hueso Unveils New Ethanol Project in Imperial Valley

September 04, 2014

California Ethanol & Power Awarded $3.1 Million Tax Credit from California Competes Program

 (Imperial, CA) – This past June, California Ethanol & Power (CE&P), LLC was awarded a $3.1 million income tax credit as part of the California Competes program, administered by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).

In the News

Geothermal Bill Deserves Support

June 09, 2014

Re "Senate passes bill to make electricity even more expensive" (Dan Walters, June 9): Dan Walters' June 9 broadside against geothermal energy misses the mark in at least two critical ways. For one, the addition of 500 megawatts to the grid from this new and virtually non-emissive baseload energy over the next decade represents a modest amount that would be justified even if it were only to counterbalance an over-reliance on intermittent resources such as wind and solar.

Our Voice: Tap geothermal power to restore the Salton Sea

June 03, 2014

The plan to tap the mammoth geothermal potential of the Salton Sea, and to generate a revenue stream to help restore California's largest lake, took a major step last week when the state Senate approved a bill by two Coachella Valley legislators.

California Senate approves SB 1139 – This is Big For Imperial Valley

May 30, 2014

Legislation authored by state Senator Ben Hueso and co-authored by Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez that calls for the three investor-owned utilities in California to procure 500 megawatts of new geothermal energy generation over the next 10 years cleared the Senate yesterday and will next be taken up by the Assembly. Senate Bill 1139 was approved by a final vote of 21-11 in a marathon floor session that saw the upper chamber vote on 121 separate pieces of legislation.