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Simitian's green-energy bill becomes law

Original post made on Apr 13, 2011

A proposal by state Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) to require California utilities to draw one third of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020 became state law Tuesday when it received Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.

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Posted by Arlen Comfort
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Apr 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm

To date, I am not impressed with PG&E’s efforts to increase solar energy. They have not yet paid anyone for producing more on solar energy on their roof that they use. PG&E just takes the extra for free. If you have two properties, even side by side, they will not allow excess solar credits from one property to be applied to the other. These rules make no sense except to limit the amount of private solar energy produced in their area.

PG&E can do better easily, if that is their intent. Feed in tariffs are what work to stimulate alternative energy production as has been shown in Germany. Yes, someone will have to pay more but that will be true with whatever clean way we go as fossil fuel energy is still the cheapest but only because their pollution costs are forgiven . . . economically speaking. Any change to alternative energy will have to be profitable to the PG&E Corporation . . . or it will have to be forced on them. Corporations have no incentive to save the world or save humanity only to make a profit . . . so don’t expect change from them that doesn’t fit the their incentives.

If PG&E wanted to shift to more Solar and Wind energy they could have lobbied for it . . . I doubt that ever happened.

Just my thoughts.

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