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CA: Senate passes green energy bill (.. its time to show a little sense of urgency,)
Capitol Weekly ^ | 3/31/09 | Anthony York

Posted on 03/31/2009 8:43:55 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

A measure that would require utilities to receive one-third of their power from renewable energy sources by 2020 passed off the Senate floor Tuesday with the bare minimum of 21 votes.

The bill, SB 14 by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-San Jose, has been tagged as a top priority for Senate leader Darrel Steinberg. The bill’s passage was the first major policy decision in which Steinberg muscled a proposal out of his house, despite reservations from many within his own party.

When Steinberg took the leadership gavel in December, he noted three top legislative priorities that could give the Legislature “a sense of momentum:" expanding health coverage to all California children, agreeing on a water bond, and expanding the renewable energy requirements for utilities. The health care ambitions have been tempered by the state’s budget crisis, and a water deal remains elusive, Steinberg said Tuesday.

Steinberg acknowledged Tuesday that the renewable plan was far from finished. But, he said, it was the Legislature’s best hope at passing an early, significant policy change.

“It’s more cooked than water,” Steinberg said of the energy plan. “There will be plenty of room to address people’s concerns, but it’s time to show a little sense of urgency,” he said.

But not all Democrats felt it was a good idea to send an unfinished bill onto the Assembly. Sen. Rod Wright, D-Los Angeles, gave an impassioned speech against the bill, and said he was not moved by promises to amend the bill later in the process. “I only vote for what I can see,” Wright said.

Outside of the state budget, Simitian’s bill has emerged as the first major legislative fight of 2009. The bill has created fluid political coalitions that have, at time, pitted environmental groups against each other, and have raised concerns about rate-payer protections and increasing energy costs.

Under current law, utilities are required to produce 20 percent of their power from renewable resources -- including wind, geothermal and solar power -- by 2010. But many utilities are struggling to meet that 2010 deadline. Currently, about 12 percent of California’s energy comes from renewable sources.

Opponents say the new requirements will drive up the cost of electricity, and put utilities in danger. “My concern is that we are going to make ourselves the greenest Third World economy in the world,” said Sen. John Benoit, R-Riverside.

During the floor debate Tuesday, many Senators who voted for the bill noted it was a work in progress. Among them was Sen. Denise Ducheny, D-San Diego, who said, “it does seem a little early in the session for bills to be moving to the other house.” Ducheny wound up voting in favor of the bill.

Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, who held two marathon hearings on the bill earlier this year, outlined a host of outstanding issues that have yet to be resolved among stakeholders, and with the Assembly. Among the most controversial elements of the bill is a discussion of the renewable energy credits, known as RECs. These credits would work in a fashion similar to carbon credits under the state’s greenhouse gas emissions program.

The credits would allow utilities to buy their way out of some of the renewable energy requirements by purchasing energy credits from other green-energy providers. Simitian’s measure does not allow for any such credits. But the Assembly’s major renewable bill, AB 64 by Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, D-Glendale, allows utilities to purchase credits for up to half of their new requirements.

The battle over expansion of renewable energy requirements was sparked by Gov. Schwarzenegger last year. In November, Schwarzenegger signed an executive order requiring utilities to meet the new, rigorous standard. That spurred Steinberg to move quickly with Simitian’s legislation.

But Republicans demanded Steinberg draw the breaks on the legislation. “This bill’s not cooked,” said Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks. “It doesn’t cost anything for us to (wait to) get it right.”

But Steinberg pressed on. “There’s nothing wrong with taking the lead and showing some leadership on an issue,” Steinberg said. “Let’s make this an early victory for this Legislature and this state.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; callegislation; energy; green; greengovernor; renewableenergy; sb14; schwarzenegger; simitian; steinberg

1 posted on 03/31/2009 8:43:55 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Driving the state to hell in an electric car....


2 posted on 03/31/2009 8:46:49 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: Americas last, best hope for survival.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Hmmm the global warming loons are pretty convincing, but I think I'm going to follow Glenn Beck's lead on this one.
3 posted on 03/31/2009 8:47:16 PM PDT by exist
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To: NormsRevenge

Heck, these maroons should have gone all the way to the wall and made it 100% - it’s not as if they care about the financial or moral consequences of ANYTHING they do anyway.


4 posted on 03/31/2009 8:47:34 PM PDT by Rembrandt
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To: NormsRevenge

More jobs and businesses leaving Cali. Come to Indiana!!


5 posted on 03/31/2009 8:55:27 PM PDT by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: NormsRevenge

PG&E’s residential rates go up to 44¢ per kWh for amounts over 300% of your “baseline.” Baseline is a very low amount and it is easy for even a modest household to hit this rate. Pushing renewables would surely sent this to $1.00/kWh and any carbon tax would push it to $1.50 or maybe $2.00/kWh. And, with the mass migration out of CA, rates could go even higher as the fixed investment will have to spread over fewer rate payers.

CA was a great place from the 1840s to the 1970s or so. What a cesspool now.


6 posted on 03/31/2009 8:58:44 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: NormsRevenge

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2219521/posts
California may tap U.S. Treasury, Europe for credit


7 posted on 03/31/2009 8:59:18 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Idiots.


8 posted on 03/31/2009 9:01:47 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: exist

9 posted on 03/31/2009 9:02:27 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: xcamel; steelyourfaith; Tolerance Sucks Rocks

GW ping

Do you guys ever sleep? Or get off FR?


10 posted on 03/31/2009 9:05:22 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Joe the Jerk strikes again


11 posted on 03/31/2009 9:20:03 PM PDT by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property)
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To: NormsRevenge
Force the state to use 20% wind energy and they bitch when the wind stops blowing. Rolling blackouts on a calm day. Rolling blackouts in a Santa Ana because the air conditioners are running. Idiots.
12 posted on 03/31/2009 9:24:15 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: NormsRevenge
Opponents say the new requirements will drive up the cost of electricity, and put utilities in danger. “My concern is that we are going to make ourselves the greenest Third World economy in the world,” said Sen. John Benoit, R-Riverside.

That is a good line...the greenest Third World economy...Republicans should use that one often...
13 posted on 03/31/2009 9:24:25 PM PDT by goldfinch
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
I had closed my escrow in Feb 2001 after finally selling my house in Mira Mesa (north San Diego City). I needed to maintain a residence in the school boundaries so my son could graduate from Mira Mesa High school in June. I moved into an apartment. During that time I became very frugal with my electrical use. I managed to keep the electric bill between $24 and $29 when my "neighbors" were blowing through $300 bills. Most of my bill was the refrigerator. We had a couple rolling blackouts in that time frame as well. I sat by the pool, surfing the web with my WiFi connection. The DSL router in my apartment was on an APS battery backup. The rest of my neighbors were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. The traffic lights were down and all of Black Mountain Rd, Miramar Rd and parts of I-15 were in total gridlock. That persisted all night, all morning and abated around 1 PM the next day.

Suffice to say, I expect a return of those problems. Fortunately, I'll just be reading about it from 900 miles north.

14 posted on 03/31/2009 9:31:39 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion; Defendingliberty; Genesis defender; WL-law; Normandy; FrPR; ...
I guess you're one to talk.

8^)

Thanx !

 



Beam Me to Planet Gore !

15 posted on 03/31/2009 9:54:06 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (What new from the Thief-in-Chief?)
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To: NormsRevenge
“There will be plenty of room to address people’s concerns, but it’s time to show a little sense of urgency,” he said.

In other words, "We've got to ramrod this through before more people discover this is complete leftist BS."

16 posted on 03/31/2009 10:36:42 PM PDT by JennysCool (Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action - Ian Fleming)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion
Do you guys ever sleep? Or get off FR?

Speaking for myself: No.

17 posted on 03/31/2009 10:59:00 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Obama: in your guts, you know he's nuts!)
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To: NormsRevenge

On my last trip to the former Golden State I found that many of my friends had gone insane. Everytime they opened their mouths it was like listening to the inmates in a lunatic asylum. The state has gone insane fascist. California is lost.

The only way to call attention to this sorry state would be a suicidal bonzai charge into Sacramento.


18 posted on 04/01/2009 5:16:16 AM PDT by sergeantdave (obuma is the anti-Lincoln, trying to re-establish slavery)
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To: steelyourfaith

OK you got me.


19 posted on 04/01/2009 8:36:34 AM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: exist

So do they turn out the lights if they dont get the required amount of energy from ‘renewable” sources? will they shut down a gas fired power plant until the ratio is met?

this will be interesting.


20 posted on 04/01/2009 8:49:37 AM PDT by dhm914
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