Developing Sources of Renewable Energy
Advancing renewable energy sources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decrease California's dependence on fossil fuel and foreign oil.
The strategy summarizes the latest science on how climate change could impact the state, and provides recommendations about how to manage threats that range from sea level rise to catastrophic wildfires.
The plan focuses specifically on the Mojave and Colorado Desert regions and identifies specific geographic areas designated for renewable energy project development while ensuring conservation strategies for declining species management.
In November 2008, an executive order was signed that increased the state's renewable energy standard to 33 percent renewable power by 2020.
California has set a goal to create 3,000 megawatts of new, solar-produced electricity by 2017 - moving the state toward a cleaner energy future and helping lower the cost of solar systems for consumers.
SBX8 34 will ensure state regulatory agencies have the resources necessary to focus on the state's stringent environmental review process and permit renewable energy facilities. The law creates further efficiencies in the permitting and siting process for large-scale renewable energy projects that could qualify for federal stimulus funds.
AB 118 authorizes the California Energy Commission to provide funds to develop new fuels and technologies, ensure that they are accessible to the public, and encourage motorists and fleet operators to purchase new advanced vehicles.