Providing Air Quality, Bioenergy and Permitting Solutions
We have the know-how you need.
By focusing on the nexus between air quality, forest health, and energy stability, CLERE Inc aims to overcome the pressing issues in our rural communities and wild landscapes
We offer sound advice based on solid relationships with federal, state, local agency staff and policy makers. With over 20 years of experience providing legal representation and consulting services for government agencies, nonprofit organizations and targeted private industry, we know how to get things done. We can help you overcome contracting challenges or environmental compliance. When you are up against a rule or policy that just doesn't make sense, let's move that policy issue or regulatory barrier together. We are at home in both the administrative and legislative arenas.
Attorney at Law
In addition to representing the Clients listed, Christiana is actively involved in the Forest Management Task Force's Rural Economic Development Woody Utilization Group (RED-WUG) and serve as chair to the RED-WUG Barriers Subcommittee. Christiana also sits on the Board of Directors of the Bioenergy Association of California
Legal and Policy
CLERE Inc. provides services such as contract negotiation, drafting and review, regulatory permitting for various levels of government, and client representation within California Public Utility Commission Proceedings. We provide services through various representation agreements.
Public and Private
CLERE Inc represents Placer, Northern Sonoma and Mendocino Air Districts and collaborates with state agencies on important issues like the Scoping Plan, the Short Lived Climate Pollutants Plan, Natural and Working Lands Implementation Plan, and the implementation of SB 100. CLERE also represents limited private industry and small scale biomass to energy facilities.
CARB Phases out Agriculture Burning in San Joaquin Valley
The California Air Resources Board today took action to phase-down agricultural burning in the San Joaquin Valley by Jan. 1, 2025. In doing so, the region will be taking a major step towards ensuring all residents in the valley have healthy air to breathe. The action taken today builds on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s (District) recently approved 2020 Staff Report and Recommendations on Agricultural Burning (2020 Report) on phasing-down agricultural burning, but accelerates the timelines.
2021 California Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan
The Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan sets a broadly supported strategy to increase the pace and scale of forest and wildland management to meet the state’s target of completing projects on 500,000 acres annually by 2025 and expanding the use of prescribed fire, particularly on state-owned lands. The plan calls for achieving these goals largely through regional strategies tailored to the environmental conditions, risks and priorities in each area.
Actions outlined in the plan align with a $1 billion investment included in Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2021-2022 budget. This proposed funding would advance key priorities, including $323 million in early actions to protect communities, reduce risk of large, catastrophic wildfires and jumpstart economic recovery in rural communities.
Investment Tax Credit Program Extended!
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, signed by the President on December 27, 2020, extends several energy credits, including those for renewable energy sources such biomass (closed and open loop), geothermal, landfill gas, and municipal solid waste-to-energy. The election has been extended by one year for projects for which construction begins before January 1, 2022.