California revives 100-percent carbon-free energy bill
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have revived a long-stalled proposal to set a goal of generating 100 percent of the state’s energy from carbon-free sources.
A state Assembly panel approved the proposal on Tuesday. It sets up a vote in the full Assembly later this year and delivers a tentative victory to Democratic Sen. Kevin de Leon as he wages an uphill battle to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
De Leon’s bill would bump up California’s renewable energy mandate from 50 percent to 60 percent by 2030. It would then set a goal of getting all remaining energy from resources that don’t produce climate changing gases by 2045.
Critics say the measure will raise energy prices and could drive businesses out of the state.