Tags: Clean Energy
Yesterday, the California Assembly passed landmark environmental legislation designed to require one-third of the state's power to come from renewable energy sources by 2020. The energy will come from wind, solar, and other clean technologies that have steadily flourished in California's progressive energy market.
According to environmentalists, the bill will create 100,000 jobs. Additionally, the legislation will protect consumers from large rises in energy bills.
Having already passed the California Senate by a vote of 55-19, the bill now heads to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown. If signed into law by the current Governor, California's new energy mandate will satisfy the goal of former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who challenged the state to utilize clean energy to produce one third of its electricity demands.
As the nation's largest energy consumer, California's energy standards will set a precedent for the United States at large to develop and implement clean energy infrastructure that creates jobs, strengthens our economy, and protects our environment.