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Credit: California State Assembly Democratic Caucus
Credit: California State Assembly Democratic Caucus

Gov. Brown Signs Legislation to Increase Renewable Energy and Transportation Electrification in California

The new law requires 50 percent of the electricity SCE sells to customers to come from renewables.
By Lauren Bartlett

A bill that will result in at least 50 percent of the electricity Southern California Edison (SCE) sells to customers coming from renewable resources was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

“This landmark legislation demonstrates Gov. Brown’s commitment to a clean energy future, and Southern California Edison is proud to help the state in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and provide more renewable energy,” SCE President Pedro Pizarro said.

The governor signed SB 350 on Wednesday at a ceremony at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

SB 350, authored by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, has two key components to be achieved by 2030: requires that 50 percent of energy sales to customers come from renewable power and doubles energy-efficiency savings.

Previously, utilities were required to have 33 percent of their electricity sales come from renewable resources by 2020.

In setting the 50 percent renewables target, the law expands some flexibility of the rules in place for the 33 percent renewables requirement. For example, it will remove some current restrictions on short-term power purchases, which at times are lower cost than long-term contracts. This will result in saving money for customers.

In the transportation area, the law will allow utilities to play a long-term role in creating infrastructure for electric vehicles. SCE has information available to educate customers about installing a home charging station, home fueling and electricity rate plans for electric vehicle owners.

The law also establishes a new integrated resource planning process to foster the development of comprehensive plans that meet California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals while assuring SCE will be able to continue to safely deliver reliable, affordable and clean energy to its customers.

SCE and other utilities will be able to use all tools available to the electric sector, from renewables to emerging technologies like energy storage, to implement the state’s goals. SCE’s efforts to further the development of the 21st century power system aligns well with the new integrated resource planning process the law requires utilities to develop. The new process will consider a broad array of solutions to help meet California’s carbon reduction goals, focusing on the state’s 2030 reduction targets.

SCE worked collaboratively with the office of the governor, Senate president pro tem and Assembly speaker on the key aspects of the legislation.

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