If you want to see how policy and elections can either drive or derail renewable energy deployment one should pay attention to the political activity in California. Since the 1970s, California has been the leader among states as it relates to the development of policies to encourage the use of renewable energy, and this election year will be pivotal for California and the country on that front. On November 2nd Proposition 23 will be on the California’s ballot as an initiated state statute, and if approved it would suspend Assembly Bill 32 otherwise known as the Global Warming Act of 2006 (“the Act”). The Act, which is California’s landmark clean air legislation, was passed by a Democratic Legislature and Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and requires that greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emission levels be cut to 1990 levels by 2020. The Act was scheduled to take effect in 2012 and is an example of state and regional GHG emission regulation developed in the absence of a national Congressional policy on the topic.Should Proposition 23 be approved by voters it would suspend the Act’s provisions until California’s unemployment rate drops to 5.5% or below for four consecutive quarters. The chances of that occurring any time soon would be extremely difficult given that California’s unemployment rate is currently around 12% and… Read full this story
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