Sacramento Bee. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will veto two bills passed early Saturday morning by the California Legislature, which include a Renewable Power Standard (RPS) mandating that by 2020 at least 33% of all electrical power delivered to Californians come from solar, wind, geothermal, biomass or small-scale hydroelectric sources.
Schwarzenegger supports the 33% RPS.
But Schwarzenegger dislikes provisions that would limit the amount of energy utilities could purchase from out-of-California providers. The governor and GOP legislators have said the restriction could sharply increase energy rates.
“The poorly drafted, overly complex bills passed by the Legislature are protectionist schemes that will kill the solar industry in California and drive prices up like the failed energy deregulation of the late 1990s,” [Matt David, Schwarzenegger's communications director] said in a statement. “The bills as drafted will be vetoed by the governor. The governor will sign an executive order implementing the 33% renewable mandate administratively.”
California Senate Bill 14