Clean energy advocates around the world (GetSolar staff, included) breathed a collective sigh of relief today. That's because Californian voters yesterday rejected Proposition 23, a measure that sought to suspend the state's Global Warming Act of 2006 and threatened to cast a shadow over California's growing clean energy sector.
One of the more polarizing propositions on the California ballot this November is Proposition 23, an initiative that aims to suspend the state's Global Warming Act of 2006 until Caifornia's unemployment rate falls to 5.5 percent or below and stays there for a full year. The Global Warming Act aims to cut California's emissions of greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2020.
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) on Thursday approved a rule requiring state utility companies to get a third of their electricity from solar power, wind and other renewable sources by 2020. While the decision is not legally binding -- and the one-third provision may be suspended if a controversial measure, Proposition 23, is passed in November -- the board's vote is a hopeful sign that California won't abandon its commitment to clean energy.