Renewable Energy Update - March 1, 2011

California Senate approves renewable energy legislation; RENEWABLE ENERGY FOCUS - Analysis: California solar lawsuits pit pro-environment interests against each other; San Luis Obispo officials approve 250MW solar project; San Bernardino County plans solar project on disused landfill site; Proposed law would stop FERC from passing transmission line costs to consumers; Investors funnel $38M into ultra-efficient power conversion tech; Sen. Feinstein criticizes House approval of legislation to cut DOE loan guarantees; California residents overcharged for renewable energy: study; Analysis: California renewable policy making progress; NOTABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS AND DEALS - Greenleaf Power finalizes purchase of California biomass plant and PG&E hires SOLON to build 15MW California solar farm.

California Senate approves renewable energy legislation

Bloomberg - Feb 25

The California Senate has voted 26-11 in favor of a law that requires the state to generate a third of its electricity from renewable sources within the next decade. The bill, authored by Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), places responsibility for implementing the law on the state rather than state air regulators, which is expected to result in tighter enforcement. It also eliminates a requirement that would require utilities to only obtain energy from California sources. The bill needs to be approved by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Assembly before going into effect.

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