California: Governor Jerry Brown signs California Climate Change Bill.
A bill mandating that half of the California’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030 and calling for a doubling of the energy efficiency of buildings was signed by Governor of California Jerry Brown on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California.
The bill, Senate Bill 350 (S.B. 350), would require that the amount of electricity generated and sold to retail customers per year from eligible renewable energy resources be increased to 50% by Thursday, December 31st, 2030.
The bill would make other revisions to the RPS Program and to certain other requirements on public utilities and publicly owned electric utilities.
Because certain of the above provisions are codified in the Public Utilities Act, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program by expanding the definition of a crime or establishing a new crime.
“What has been the source of our prosperity now becomes the source of our ultimate destruction, if we don’t get off it. And that is so difficult,” said Governor of California Jerry Brown. “The goal is clear, and California is in the forefront”
California has already some of the world’s toughest air quality standards, and set a mandate in 2006 to derive a third of its electricity from renewable sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal by 2020.
California regulators say that they already hit 25 percent last year as huge solar farms sprouted in the desert and towering windmills went up along mountain passes.
The new law will reportedly encourages utilities to expand by building many more charging stations for electric vehicles, and provides for fines or penalties if utilities don’t meet the goals.
Some lawmakers expressed disappointment that the bill won’t count homeowners who have installed rooftop solar panels toward the 50 percent renewable goal.
** Read the full Senate Bill 350 (S.B. 350) at the following California Legislature Information website address: **