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California sets nation’s most ambitious renewable-energy goals for utilities

April 12, 2011

From USA Today – Continuing its pioneering legacy, California now has the nation’s most ambitious renewable-energy goals. Under legislation signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown, utilities have nine years to generate 33% of their power from non-fossil-fuel sources.

Previous legislation set the target at 20%.

“There are people who think we can drill our way to happiness and prosperity,” Brown, a Democrat, told workers and supporters at a solar-panel plant near San Jose, the Associated Press reports. “Instead of just taking oil from thousands of miles away, we’re taking the sun and converting it.”

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu attended the signing ceremony at the SunPower-Flextronics plant in Milpitas.

Advocates say the new requirement to increase use of solar, wind, geothermal and other non-carbon-based fuels — including nuclear — by the end of 2020 will…to read the rest of this story, please click here.

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