Renewable energy bill clears California senate
By Ari Barak
May 19, 2007
A bill that would require California utilities to receive a
third of their electricity from renewable resources has passed
one hurdle in the state legislature, State Sen. Joe Simitian's
The bill, SB 411, introduced by Simitian, D-Palo Alto, was approved
by a margin of 21 to 15 on Thursday and will now move to the state
assembly for a hearing in June or July, according to Simitian's
If passed, the bill would require utilities to derive 33 percent
of their electricity from renewable resources by 2020, according
to Simitian's office.
Currently, the state Public Utilities Commission can only mandate
that 20 percent of utilities' electricity come from renewable
energy, according to Simitian's office.
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