June 16 -- Solar farms are blooming across California’s deserts, wind turbines are
climbing the Sierra, photovoltaic roofs are shimmering over suburbs, and Teslas are
the Silicon Valley elite’s new ride. A clean energy rush is transforming the Golden
State so quickly that nearly a quarter of its electricity now comes from renewable
sources, and new facilities, especially solar, are coming online at a rapid rate.
Last year, California became the first state to get more than 5 percent of its
electricity from the sun.
With its goal of 33 percent renewable energy by 2020 now within reach, Governor
Jerry Brown recently raised California’s bar, ordering the state to cut its
greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below the 1990 level within the next 15
years — the most ambitious target in North America. To meet the new directive,
planners say Californians will need to step up their energy transition even more:
doubling energy efficiency, boosting electric transportation, and getting at least
twice as much of their electricity from renewables. Energy experts caution that it
will take effort, but they say it’s doable. >>View Article