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California’s push for a 100 percent renewable energy future may hit roadblocks

May 26, 2017 by Ronjoy Bezbarua

(Source: The Mercury News) The path to a greener future in California might not be all fair winds and sunshine through Sacramento. A state senate proposal, SB100, doubles down on existing goals and would make California the second state, after Hawaii, to commit to 100 percent renewable energy and zero-carbon sources for electricity. Renewable energy companies — especially solar and energy tech firms in the Bay Area — are all in. But the bill has received a tepid response from environmentalists and opposition from utilities, oil and gas companies. More than a half-million Californians are employed by the clean energy industry, about ten times more than work in the U.S. coal mining industry. But the push for a greater reliance on renewable power would require increased energy storage, greater regional cooperation and more power sources. And it could drive up electricity bills. PG&E spokeswoman Lynsey Paulo said the company was concerned about rising costs for customers with possible expansions and upgrades to transmission and grid infrastructure. The utility wants lawmakers to considering reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the economy, including transportation and other services. Read full article….

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