Bill Sets 50% Green Stretch Target

By Published On: June 7, 2013

A bill was amended this week that aims to grow utility renewable energy resources beyond 33 percent by 2020 to more than 50 percent a decade later. AB 177 by Assemblymember Manuel Pérez (D- El Centro) attempts to raise the renewables bar beyond 33 percent and achieve greater greenhouse gas reductions than set forth in the state’s climate protection law AB 32. “Currently energy procurement in California is guided by multiple policies that have disconnected goals related to greenhouse gas emission reductions, environmental protection, and the economy,” according to Pérez. “The state needs a clear, unified policy that coordinates these goals, while addressing the real system needs of affordability and reliability. The measure is not expected to become law this year. “We hope it will be a vehicle to begin discussions on where we go beyond 33 percent and 2020,” said V. John White, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewables Technology executive director.

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