California passes 100% clean energy bill, but punts on several plans for getting there

By Sammy Roth | Palm Springs Desert Sun Link to article

California lawmakers passed a bill last week requiring the state to get 100 percent of its electricity from climate-friendly sources like solar and wind.

But they didn’t vote on several proposals designed to help California achieve that goal, including a plan backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to connect the power grids of as many as 14 western states, as well as a bill that would have promoted geothermal energy development at the Salton Sea. The geothermal bill might have passed, if not for last-minute opposition from state Sen. Jeff Stone, a Republican who represents the Coachella Valley.

The Legislature did pass a bill that would help homes and businesses install batteries, which can help reduce planet-warming emissions when paired with rooftop solar panels. That bill awaits a signature from Gov. Brown, as does the 100 percent clean energy bill.

Here’s a breakdown of which energy bills did and didn’t pass in the final days of the 2018 legislative session, which ended Friday night at midnight. Link to article