California has consistently led the nation over the past decade in its adoption of clean energy technologies. The Golden State ranked first in 2010 amongst all states in solar panel installations and has some of the toughest laws on the books regarding environmental causes. This week, the state assembly approved a measure that mandates utilities to increase the percentage of electricity derived from clean sources.
The bill would make utilities to provide 33 percent of their power from renewable sourced by 2020 and awaits approval from the governor. Currently, laws require utilities to generate 20 percent of their electricity from clean sources by 2020. However, critics of the bill say the mandate is unreasonable considering all of California's utilities failed to meet goals stipulating that 20 percent of their electricity come from clean sources by 2010.
Supporters of the bill, on the other hand, assert that in the aftermath of the nuclear crisis in Japan, the U.S. should be more focused on weaning itself off fossil fuels and other energy sources aside from wind and solar power. Moreover, environmentalists claim the mandate could create as many as 10,000 jobs in the state over the course of the next 10 years.
Governor Jerry Brown ran on a platform of increasing the renewable energy mandate, but it is unknown whether he will veto or sign the bill into law.
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By GetSolar Staff.