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January 5, 2015

Praise for Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposal of 50% Renewable Goal by 2030 for California

Proposal calls for transformation of electric grid, increasing battery storage, expansion of rooftop solar

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Maggie Caldwell, Earthjustice, (415) 217-2084

Sacramento, CA

Today, following his inauguration to a fourth term in office, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced a proposal for the state of California to seek 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. California is already a leader in renewable energy, on track to meet its renewable mandate of 33% by 2020. The state ranks third in the country in wind and first for installed solar capacity. Gov. Brown also proposed plans to reduce petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50% and doubling efficiency in existing buildings in the state.

The following is a statement from Earthjustice Vice President Abigail Dillen:

“We applaud Gov. Brown for working to secure a cleaner, brighter future for California and paving the way for the rest of the country and the world to follow. Weaning the state off dirty fossil fuels and embracing clean energy is the kind of immediate action we need to confront the worst effects of climate change. California has long been a leader in solar and wind power which has resulted in a robust and expanding renewable energy industry and drastic reductions in climate warming carbon emissions.”

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PG&E solar farm in California

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) installed a 500-kilowatt photovoltaic system at its Kerman substation in 1993 to reinforce a weak feeder. PG&E found that distributed systems like this have measurable benefits such as increased system reliability and peak-saving capabilities.

Terry O'Rourke / NREL

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