Green energy bill passes Assembly

September 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

A bill co-written by Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, to establish a program that would open access to clean and affordable renewable energy for millions of Californians has passed off the Assembly floor, his office announced Wednesday. The Senate must now vote to approve amendments to the bill.

Senate Bill 43 would establish the Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program, a 600-megawatt statewide program that will allow the customers of investor-owned utilities — including local governments, businesses, schools, homeowners, municipal customer, and renters — to buy up to 100 percent of their electricity from a renewable energy facility. The program would sunset in 2019.

The bill is meant to benefit millions of renters and business owners who lease their stores or offices and to provide access to disadvantaged communities disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and other hazards that can harm the public’s health — as well as homeowners unable to finance installation of a renewable power generation system, the announcement said.

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