Friday, October 23, 2015

New California Climate Change Law to Double Energy Efficiency

California Governor has recently signed into law the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, California’s landmark climate change bill. The new law requires California by 2030:

1) to receive half of its electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind,  

2) to double energy efficiency in homes, offices and factories.

A third objective of cutting gasoline use in half was removed from the bill due to opposition from oil companies. 

Nevertheless, even without the third objective, California’s new law is one of the most ambitious renewable energy laws in the nation. Only Hawaii and Vermont have enacted more enthusiastic laws. Hawaii’s law requires the state to receive 100% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2045. Vermont requires 75 percent by 2032.