California legislates for new renewable energy targets
California is once again turning to wind energy and other renewables to power its future energy needs.
Earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that requires utility companies operating in the state to get as much as 33% of their electricity from wind power, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2020, according to REVE. Prior to the new legislation, California had a 20% Renewables Portfolio Standard.
Brown reportedly said the new law will stimulate investment in green technologies in the state, create tens of thousands of new jobs, improve local air quality, promote energy independence, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He also said the legislation will also ensure that California maintains its long-standing leadership in renewables and clean energy, according to REVE.
The new legislation was endorsed by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). AWEA CEO Denise Bode reportedly commented that California has already seen the jobs and economic development that follow when the right policies, like a strong state renewable electricity standard, are put in place to create a stable business and investment environment.
- Edited by Amanda McLeman, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, www.csemag.com