California Governor Gray Davis has signed legislation that will require 20 percent of retail energy sales to be generated by renewable sources – the highest national percentage.Sacramento, California – September 13, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] “My administration has worked hard to provide a healthy future for California,” Davis said. “These bills will build upon our state’s rich tradition of environmental stewardship, protecting the energy we use, looking toward new energy resources and planning how we dispose of our hazardous waste.” The bill, proposed by Senator Byron Sher (D-Palo Alto), establishes the California Renewables Portfolio Standard for California. It requires a retail seller of electricity (IOUs and direct access providers) to increase their use of renewable resources by at least 1 percent per year, until 20 percent of their retail sales are procured from renewables, which must occur by 2017. The 20 percent renewable requirement will be the strongest in the nation. The RPS will decrease California’s dependence on natural gas-fired power and will provide cleaner air and decrease “greenhouse” emissions. It will nearly double the state’s existing base of wind, geothermal, biomass and solar resources. About 50 percent of California’s power is currently generated with natural gas.