Schwarzenegger Pushes the PUC on State RPS

May 17, 2004 [] Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently called on the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to rapidly implement reforms to California’s electricity market. The Governor stated his strong support for measures that will encourage new energy investments so that California can realize reliable power supplies and lower expenses. In a letter sent to the California Public Utilities Commission outlining his objectives on energy policy, Governor Schwarzenegger called on the PUC to fully implement Assembly Bill 57 (Chapter 835 of 2002) which is designed to correct some of the key flaws of California’s electricity market design. The Governor is also asking the PUC require utilities to identify their power needs and disclose how they will meet those demands in the future. The Governor believes that utility resource portfolio plans should emphasize conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. In the past, the Governor has called for an acceleration of the renewable portfolio standard phase-in, by which the utilities would supply 20 percent of their power needs through renewable power by 2010, rather than 2017.


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