California’s governor signs a slew of new renewable energy bills
California Gov. Jerry Brown (previously the mayor of Oakland and, before that, the governor of California) was presented yesterday with about two dozen bills from the state legislature advancing efforts to increase the state’s use of renewable energy and to reduce consumption. Brown signed 19 into law.
From the Los Angeles Times:
The bills include a measure by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) that directs the state to coordinate implementation of policies advancing energy security with the Department of Defense.
“The health of the environment, job creation and indeed, the security of the nation, depend on how we end America’s dangerous addiction to foreign oil,” Brown said after signing SB 1409. “California and the U.S. military are working together to build a clean energy future and this bill helps make sure it happens.”
Brown also signed SB 1222 by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), which seeks to encourage the installation of rooftop solar energy systems on homes by limiting residential permit fees charged by cities and counties to the cost of providing the permits.
Another bill signed by Brown clarifies what counts as renewable energy under the state’s renewable mandate.
In 2011, Brown signed a slew of other renewable energy bills, encouraging solar and expediting permits for renewable projects.
California also has lovely mountains and gorgeous beaches, in case you were suddenly thinking about moving there.