Renewable Energy Alert: Energy Related Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 May Help California Reach State Renewable Energy Goals

In 2006 California adopted the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) to address concerns about the rising level of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the atmosphere and its potential impact on climate change. The primary goal of AB 32 is to reduce GHG emissions from California back to 1990 levels by 2020. The California Air Resources Board, the state agency responsible for implementing the regulations necessary to accomplish the GHG reduction goal, recently adopted a Scoping Plan as an intermediate step in ultimately adopting such regulations. A key component of that Scoping Plan is that retail sellers of electricity in California obtain at least 33% of such electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

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