The highlight of the year for environmentalists was AB 32 – which sets a first-in-the-nation cap on greenhouse gas emissions…with the goal of cutting them back to 1990 levels by 2020. It’ll be implemented gradually, starting this year with a blueprint by the Air Resources Board, says Bernadette del Chiarro with Environment California:
“It won’t necessarily have a tangible effect on our daily lives as average Californians right away but in time, what it should do is spur alternatives to fossil fuels, which is ultimately going to help all of us.”
Solar is one of those alternatives. And one new law beefs up solar rebate programs in California. An additional related measure essentially shuts the door to coal-fired electricity in California. It does that by prohibiting utilities from signing contracts with suppliers who don’t meet state emission guidelines. And yet another new law requires utilities expand their supplies of renewable energy – like solar and wind – more quickly.