Last Friday, political leaders in California’s State Assembly voted on a piece of legislation that would dramatically shape the sustainability future of the state. In an overwhelming show of support, the bill, which is now awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, will ensure that in 15 years, over half of the State’s electricity will come from renewables.
The legislation accomplishes this through a multipronged approach. First, the state will increase energy efficiency standards on new construction—requiring new buildings to be twice as efficient as before. Second, the state will transition to clean energy generation, reaching 50% renewable by 2030. State, local and community leaders cite the protection of public health, and increasing investments in the clean energy economy as primary reasons for this new push.
California is demonstrating that State and local governments are indispensable partners in addressing international climate change policy. By illustrating that one of the nation’s strongest and most robust economies can survive, and thrive under these new policies, California provides proof of concept that climate solutions are good policy. To connect with state, local and community leaders in your area, come visit and join Path to Positive today!
Late Friday night, the California State Assembly voted 51-26 to pass SB 350, a landmark bill that would boost renewable energy and make buildings twice as efficient as before.
The legislature sent the bill to California Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature, and he is expected to sign it later this month, as the legislation makes real the goals Brown set down earlier this year in his inaugural address.
The state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) currently requires utilities to provide 33 percent of their electricity generation from renewable sources, such as solar, wind, and geothermal power, by 2020. The new bill, The Clean Energy and Reduction Act, would increase that target to 50 percent by 2030. It would also require a 50 percent increase in energy efficiency in buildings by that year.