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February 15, 2011 

Clean Energy Jobs Bills Moves Forward in California Legislature

BERKELEY (February 15, 2011) – The Senate Energy and Utilities Committee of the California Legislature today approved clean energy jobs legislation that would give the state the most ambitious renewable energy requirement in the country. The committee’s passage of SB 2X is the first step in adopting legislation that would require utilities to obtain at least 33 percent of their electricity from clean renewable sources, such as the wind and sun, by 2020.

“This is a very promising first step in California becoming a world leader in clean energy,” said Laura Wisland, an energy analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists. (UCS). “Increasing our renewable energy use to 33 percent by 2020 will mean more clean energy jobs for Californians and less pollution that damages our health. It also would reduce the impact of volatile fossil fuel prices on utility rates.”
 
Dan Kalb, UCS’s California policy manager, noted that it’s important that a renewable energy standard be passed early in the legislative session.  “It would give renewable energy developers the market certainty they need to raise money to build their projects in California,” Kalb said.  “Without that assurance, solar and wind developers could go elsewhere.”

For more information, see the UCS fact sheet, “California Renewable Electricity Standard.”

 

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