The success of carbon-lite regulations and clean technologies depend on how successfully they spur quality job creation in California, insisted supporters of the state\u2019s climate change law, AB 32. \u201cJobs must be the framework for all discussions\u201d of a low-carbon infrastructure, said Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Oakland) during a Dec. 6 \u201cGreen California\u201d conference sponsored by the California League of Conservation Voters. \u201cClean technology and clean energy is potentially the way out of a tough economy,\u201d added Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee. They and others pointed to increased alternative energy opportunities with Governor-elect Jerry Brown and the defeat of Proposition 23. That November ballot measure sought to undermine AB 32. The focus should go way beyond \u201cgreen\u201d jobs,\u201d said Jann Taber, spokesperson for Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga). \u201cThe government ought to be color blind when it helps create private sector jobs.\u201d In spite of the election gains, looming challenges--from financial to political--were also noted on the renewable energy front at the Monday conference. State law has been a key vehicle for driving energy investments and green jobs, according to clean energy entrepreneurs. But that legislation is not without its opponents. A bill was recently reintroduced this week that would raise the 20 percent renewable mandate to 33 percent, and is seen as drawing in more investment into the state. SB 23 is Senator Joe Simitian\u2019s (D-Palo Alto) third attempt to enact a one-third solar, wind, and other renewable energy supply requirement for utilities\u2019 procurement portfolios. Coauthors are expected, but the process is expected to again be challenging. \u201cGhosts will come out of the woodwork,\u201d Skinner warned, pointing to previous opposition that grew as the bill got closer to passage. Approval of a one-third alternative energy mandate in the Assembly is pretty much a given and the Senate is again seen as the potential barrier to passage. Skinner told Padilla that this coming year he must get Senate votes lined up. Another bill to be revived, which aims to ease the way for a 33 percent renewable mandate and create local jobs, would establish long-term and transparent prices for solar and wind supplies fed into the distribution system. The legislation, to create what is known as a feed-in tariff, would target non-fossil electricity supplies up to 20 MW that do not need new transmission lines, but only minor upgrades to the distribution system, according to Ted Ko, associate executive director of the FIT coalition. Last year, Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar) authored AB 1106. It attempted to create a standard and steady price for renewable supplies to help these smaller projects line up financing. According to Ko, establishing a feed-in tariff would result in a 0.3 percent increase in utility rates a year. But by 2020, the estimated economies of scale would produce a 1 percent savings, he said.