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SB 411: 33% Renewable Energy by 2020 (2007)


This bill would require utilities to obtain 33 percent of their electricity from renewable resources by 2020.

For more information, you can read the SB 411 "Fact Sheet" prepared by a member of Senator Simitian's staff.

Final Status and Text

SB 411 is no longer active. Its final status was:
Did not pass the Legislature

You can read its final text on the Legislature's Bill Information site.

Background Information

Global warming is a threat to our health, environment and economy. The passage of AB 32 requires greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors, including the electricity sector, to be reduced to 1990 levels or below to help mitigate these threats. 

According to our state energy agencies, California’s electricity sector produced about 108 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2004, an increase of 35% over 1990 levels. Furthermore, emissions from the electricity sector are increasing twice as fast as emissions from any other sector, including transportation. Electricity generation now accounts for 32% of California’s gross carbon dioxide emissions.

In light of the state’s ambitious new carbon emission targets, it is important that the state make the appropriate statutory changes to reduce emissions from the electricity sector. While setting the goal is a good start, it is imperative that the feasibility of this policy is addressed. For this very reason the authors committed to a number of amendments that will aide the utilities in attaining this ambitious new target when the bill was heard in the Assembly Utilities and Commerce committee.

News & Press Releases about SB 411

06/22/2011 - Simitian Honored As A "Clean Power Champion" For 2011

04/14/2011 - Signing ceremony for Simtian's 33% renewables bill

04/12/2011 - Simitian's 33% Renewable Energy Bill Signed by Governor Brown

03/29/2011 - California Raises Renewable Energy Requirements

03/29/2011 - Simitian's 33% Renewable Energy Bill Clears Legislature

02/23/2011 - Renewable energy 'on' switch

01/04/2011 - We're meeting goals on renewable energy - but they should be higher

12/16/2010 - Take three for 33 by 2020

03/15/2009 - Simitian says more clean energy is urgent

03/25/2008 - Take Two: Energy

05/18/2007 - Energy bill sparks debate over use of renewable fuels

05/17/2007 - Senate Votes Increase in State's Renewable Energy Use: 33% by 2020