A Green Light for Renewables
The state of California is often seen as a leader in the Green sector. This month, California Governor Jerry Brown introduced a mandate requiring 33 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020.
Known as the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), this mandate aims to define a clear path for the future of renewable energies in California and will apply to investor-owned utilities like Southern California Edison and municipal utilities like the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Bernadette Del Chiaro, clean energy advocate with Environment California, said, “California can power itself entirely on clean energy resources. Mandating that the state generate a third of its electricity from renewable energy is a big down payment toward that ultimate goal.”
Ideally, California’s increased renewable energy standards will boost alternative energy developments and will help solidify renewable energy’s role in today’s energy mix. Previous initiatives had only short-term goals and were not focused on how they could encourage renewable energy for the long term.…