New California bill focuses on renewable energy

The goals include doubling the rate of energy efficiency savings in California buildings and generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2030.

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California Gov. Edmund Brown has signed a new climate change bill that is designed to set new energy efficiency and renewable energy goals for California.

"California has taken groundbreaking steps to increase the efficiency of our cars, buildings and appliances and provide ever more renewable energy," Brown said. "With SB 350, we deepen our commitment."

The goals include doubling the rate of energy efficiency savings in California buildings and generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2030. The new target for renewable energy is expected to spur development of more solar and wind power plants in the state. 

The governor's office says that the legislation is an important step in the state's landmark plan to cut climate-warming pollution. It also establishes state policy to promote transportation electrification to meet the state's climate and clean air goals.

SB 350 builds on California's current 33% renewables portfolio standard, signed into law by Brown in 2011. Brown first announced the goals codified in SB 350 in his inaugural address this year, in which he also committed to reduce today's petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50% within the next 15 years; make heating fuels cleaner; reduce the release of methane, black carbon and other potent pollutants across industries; and manage farm and rangelands, forests and wetlands so they can store carbon.