Schwarzenegger to veto renewable energy bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office said Saturday that he would veto legislation requiring a third of California's energy to come from renewable sources by 2020, choosing instead to mandate the change through an executive order.

The Democratic bills that passed the state Legislature just before the end of the legislative session Friday would have set up the most aggressive renewable energy standards in the nation.

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Renewable Energy Legislative Wins in 2009

The California State Legislature took another giant step toward building a clean energy future with the passage of five significant clean energy bills that will continue California’s leadership in promoting clean renewable energy.

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New Report: Strong Energy Efficiency Policies in Energy/Climate Legislation Would Save California Families $209 per Year, Create 66,200 Jobs

New national report finds that California households would save an average of $209 per year and 66,200 sustainable jobs would be created in the state over the next ten years if Congress acts now to include strong energy efficiency improvements in energy and climate legislation.

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33% by 2020 RPS Bill Advances

The California State Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee passed SB 14 (Simitian), the 33% by 3030 Renewable Portfolio Standard bill this evening. The bill promises to be the biggest environmental bill of the year, though it was amended tonight in a way that created problems for environmentalists to support the bill.


The Whirlwind Tour: Windmills in California

Environment California is pushing for giant leaps in the renewable clean energy movement in California. Environmental groups and state legislators gathered last week in Sacramento at the state capitol with a symbolic 14-foot windmill to call attention to a new proposition, calling for 33% renewable electricity by 2020.

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Groups, Legislators Call for Passage of 33% by 2020 Bill

Standing in front of a giant, fourteen foot wind turbine on the steps of the State Capitol, environmental groups and state legislators called for passage of a bill that will triple California’s use of clean, renewable electricity.  The prop, made by Environment California, is on a statewide tour traveling through cities from Sacramento to San Diego to bring attention to the 33% by 2020 renewable electricity standard policy moving through the state legislature.


Utilities, groups at odds over sources for renewable energy

California's electric utilities have accepted that they'll be required to get a third of their power from renewable sources by 2020.

Now, they are battling environmental and labor groups over where it's going to come from.


Sacramento's power failure

Two years ago, a bill that would have required California to get more power from clean, renewable sources such as the sun and wind stalled in the Legislature. Last year, lawmakers whiffed again.


Fresno Shines on Solar Energy Lists

Jul. 26--FRESNO'S HOT SUN -- and the cost of cooling everything it bakes -- has catapulted the city onto Top-10 lists for solar projects.

Fresno ranks third in the state for the number of kilowatts its solar projects produce, according to a recent report ranking California cities.

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Solar in California Going Mainstream

From Santa Cruz to the Central Valley and from Trinidad to San Diego, solar power is taking hold throughout California as documented in the latest Environment California Research & Policy Center report, California’s Solar Cities: Leading the Way to a Clean Energy Future.