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California Governor Raises Renewable Portfolio Standard to 33% by 2020

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order (EO S-14-08) to streamline the state’s renewable energy project approval process and increase the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) for power generation to 33% by 2020.

The Governor also will propose legislative language that will codify the new higher standards and require all utilities, public and private, to meet the 33% target and spread implementation costs across all ratepayers with safeguards for low-income customers. It will allow for the expansion of eligibility for California’s RPS program to renewable energy generation from other western states and reform the renewable energy market structure to spur new development while providing consumer safeguards.

The EO directs state agencies to create comprehensive plans to prioritize regional renewable projects based on an area’s renewable resource potential and the level of protection for plant and animal habitat. To implement and track the progress of the EO, the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing a Renewable Energy Action Team (REAT).

To streamline the application process for renewable energy development, the CEC and DFG will create a one-stop permitting process with the goal of reducing the application time for specific projects in half. This will be achieved through the creation of a special joint streamlining unit that will concurrently review permit applications filed at the state level.

The REAT will initiate the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan in the priority Mojave and Colorado Desert regions and identify other preferred areas that will benefit from a streamlined permitting and environmental review process. This will reduce the time and uncertainty normally associated with building new renewable projects.

In addition to the EO announced today, the CEC, DFG, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Bureau of Land Management signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a coordinated approach with our federal partners in the expedited permitting process. This coordinated approach will reduce the time and expense for developing renewable energy on federally-owned California land, including the priority Mojave and Colorado Desert regions.



Seems quite doable.
It looks like current demand/generation capacity is around 30GW/40GW.
That would mean 10-13GW of renewable.
CA already has ~3GW from wind. Texas has 5GW. What's another 10GW in 12yrs?
With this high of a percentage, it will be interesting to see how they manage the intermittant nature of wind/solar without causing blackouts.


Let's not forget that California has plenty of geothermal potential too. Geothermal is probably a more stable baseload source than coal or nuclear.


Wait a minute. This guy's a planet-hating Republican who only wants to get richer and smoke fat cigars. Most likely this is PR pablum designed to confuse and deceive - like all other Republican measures.

"If it's broke - Bush broke it and Obama will fix it."

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