California Passes Renewable Energy Standard

California Passes Renewable Energy Standard (click to open article)

California Takes the Lead on Renewable Energy, Green Jobs

Wind and Solar power are clean renewable energy sources

California’s landmark renewable energy standard legislation—sometimes referred to as the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS), or the 33 percent RPS law—passed on March 29, 2011.

This law will require California utilities to provide at least a third of their electricity from clean and safe renewable sources like the wind and the sun by the year 2020.

California Leads the Nation in Clean Energy

The 33 percent RPS law will create the most aggressive renewable energy requirement in the country and positions California as a national leader in clean energy investments.

UCS estimates that with the 33 percent RPS law in place, California will be responsible for over a quarter of the renewable energy generated in the country in 2020.

Renewable Energy Standards Create Jobs

The 33 percent RPS law provides meaningful economic benefits to California by stimulating clean technology investment and innovation, thereby creating new clean energy jobs.

Without the force of law behind the 33 percent renewable energy requirement, investors and developers lacked the certainty they needed to build new clean energy generation technologies, and growth of California’s renewable energy industry could have slowed to a halt. Instead, it is estimated that the 33 percent RPS could generate over 500,000 new green collar jobs in total over the next several decades.

For other states considering their own renewable energy legislation, it’s worth noting that a recent study found that from January 2008 to 2009, the most recent observable year, jobs in California’s green sector grew more than three times faster than total employment in the state.


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