CA approves RES

The California Assembly approved a bill that gives utilities until 2020 to have 33 percent of their generation sources come from renewable energy.

State lawmakers voted 55-19 to pass the bill. It now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown. The state Senate approved the bill in February. The new bill establishes the goal as state law and limits the costs that can be passed on to ratepayers.

The California Air Resources Board had been responsible for implementing an executive order from former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, which established the 33 percent mandate. Rules set by the air board are more easily undone than those approved by the Legislature. Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill in 2009.

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