California Could Push Renewable Energy For Businesses

A pending bill in the California legislature would enable businesses to more freely buy green power, according to a story at SF Gate.

Commercial customers in California now are limited in how much green power they can purchase. SB 286 would loosen these rules and make wind, solar and biomass energy more readily available. The current limitations are a vestige of the energy crisis that hit the state in 2000 to 2001. At that time prices were highly unstable, supplies inconsistent and outside energy firms were able to “game” the system. Strict rules, which still are in effect, were instituted as a result.

The bill would allow large customers to get all their power from renewable sources and bypass the major power firms. The bill, which is from Los Angeles-area Democrat Bob Hertzberg, has passed the senate and is slated for a vote in the Assembly this month. It then could go to Governor Jerry Brown.

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