Opposition is growing to the ballot measure that seeks to require that one half of the state\u2019s energy resources come from renewable supplies by 2025. A number of businesses, including the state\u2019s three major investor-owned utilities, and renewable energy and labor groups are separately seeking to thwart the proposition that may be before state voters this November. Opponents claim the \u201cSolar and Clean Energy Act 2008\u201d fails to address the barriers to new renewable projects in the state, including lack of transmission. It is also faulted for taking away local siting authority for wind and solar projects. The California Energy Commission would be responsible for permitting these alternative energy projects and would also take over the California Public Utilities Commission\u2019s transmission siting authority. The CEC would also be responsible for pricing renewable supplies. This week, the measure\u2019s advocates submitted the signatures collected to qualify for the ballot to county officials for tallying and verification. Other concerns by those against the proposal are that it caps rate increases associated with the increased renewable supplies. In addition, the Legislative Analyst concluded the measure also \u201celiminates the requirement under current law that an electricity provider compensate for failure to meet an RPS [renewables portfolio standard] target in any given year by procuring additional renewable energy in subsequent years.\u201d According to the business coalition\u2019s spokesperson, the three investor-owned utilities have provided more than $1 million to fund the opposition. Both Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison gave $475,000, while Sempra gave $125,000. Also opposing the initiative is the California Manufacturers & Technology Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Engineers. On a separate but parallel track are the American Wind Energy Association, BrightSource, which recently signed a 900 MW solar thermal deal with PG&E, the California Solar Energy Industry Association, and PPM Energy--a wind developer. The two separate opposition groups likely will join forces down the road, said Kathy Fairbanks, spokesperson for the utilities, CMTA, and labor organizations fighting the measure. The Natural Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, Environmental Defense, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, and California League of Conservation Voters are part of the environmental coalition working to defeat the ballot initiative.