Last year, California came close to passing legislation that would have increased its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) from 20% to 33%. The RPS is the percentage of electricity utilities must generate from renewable resources like wind and solar. The California Public Utilities Commission is still trying to force utilities to shoot for 33%. (After all, Governor Schwarzenegger signed an Executive Order calling for a 33% RPS by 2020). But PG&E and Southern California Edison have filed a lawsuit claiming that they don’t have to go beyond 20%. Oy veh!
The only way to ensure that every investor-owned utility in California reaches 33% by 2020 is to pass legislation making the requirement crystal clear. Contact your legislators and let them know that 20% isn’t good enough for California and isn’t good enough for the planet.