Gallery: California Passes New Law on How to Get 33% of Its Power from ...


The California State Senate approved new rules on Thursday pertaining to how the state will get 33% of its power from renewable sources by 2020. In 2009 former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger handed down an executive order establishing the rule and since then the state’s renewable energy sources have risen to make up 18% of their entire electric pool. The new laws passed this week will strengthen the state’s goal, allow electricity providers to look outside the state for sources, attempt to stop excess costs from being passed to consumers and make the goal a state law instead of an order under the command of state air regulators — which should help it be more strictly enforced.

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