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More renewable energy demanded of state utilities - again

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Even before California’s power companies have met a year-end target of getting 20 percent of their energy from renewables, like wind or solar, state Sen. Joe Simitian is upping the ante.

A bill introduced this week by the senator would require utilities to generate 33 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2020, a standard Simitian says will go a long way to fighting global warming, spawning green investment and assuring California a local source of energy. The proposal, Senate Bill 23, failed in past years but Simitian, D-Palo Alto, hopes this time will be different.

“I’m optimistic,” he said Tuesday. “This is sound energy policy.”

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