The governor signed into law a measure that seeks to smooth the regulatory road for renewable projects seeking public lands by allowing them to pay a voluntary mitigation fee in place of taking action to mitigate project impacts to diminishing species. ABx 13, urgency legislation, by Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Indio), expands species mitigation options to wind and geothermal facilities. The mitigation fee option was previously limited to solar projects in the Southern California desert. The mitigation fees allow the Department of Fish & Game, which is charged with protecting state threatened and endangered species, to \u201cavoid piecemeal mitigation,\u201d according to a bill analysis. The measure was signed into law Aug. 29. It also provides $7 million in grants to public agencies in San Joaquin County to help facilitate renewable development in the area.