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February 24, 2011 

Clean Energy Jobs Bill Passed by State Senate; Would Make California National Leader

BERKELEY (February 24, 2011) – The California State Senate today approved clean energy jobs legislation that would give the state the most ambitious renewable energy requirement in the country, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The bill (SBX1 2) would require California utilities to obtain at least 33 percent of their electricity from clean renewable sources, such as the wind and sun, by 2020.

“Committing to a 33 percent renewable portfolio standard would raise the bar for California as a clean energy leader,” said Laura Wisland, a USC energy analyst.  “Transitioning toward more clean, renewable electricity sources would mean cleaner air, healthier communities, and a stronger statewide green economy. It’s a win on multiple fronts for the state.”

Dan Kalb, UCS’s California policy manager, noted that it is important that the Legislature pass a renewable energy standard early in the legislative session.  “Without the force of law, clean energy investors lack the certainty they need to proceed with new renewable energy projects.”  Kalb said.  "Moving this bill forward quickly is critical to breathing new life into California’s clean energy economy and generating new jobs that the state needs."

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


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