CA Lawmakers Prepare To Vote On Renewable Energy Bills

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, August 28, 2009
State lawmakers are preparing to vote on two measures that would require utilities to increase the amount of renewable source power they generate within the next decade.

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...
Currently, utilities are trying to meet next year’s state deadline to generate 20-percent of their energy from so-called “clean” sources such as wind and solar. 

But, if the two new measures pass...that would increase to 33-percent by 2020.   Dan Kalb is with the “California Union of Concerned Scientists” which supports the legislation. 

He acknowledges consumers are worried that they’re bills will go up.....
Dan Kalb  “Regardless if the rates are going up or not since they are going to go up one way or another, let’s make sure that if we’re going to pay a little more...let’s get the best bang we can for our buck. And, the best we can get is cleaner sources of energy...”
Two large northern California Utilities say they don’t oppose the bills but they’re urging lawmakers to amend them. 

That’s so they could get some of their renewable energy from power plants in other states.  

Both bills are expected to come up for a vote before lawmakers adjourn in a few weeks.