California’s big utilities to reach 50% renewable energy in 2020

When California’s political leadership pushed its 50% renewable energy mandate in 2015, there was some skepticism about whether or not such a target was feasible.

And while much of this was propaganda from nuclear and fossil fuel proponents, California was indeed breaking new ground. Only two states had more ambitious renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies at the time: Hawaii and Vermont.

However, in California’s 2017 RPS Annual Report issued yesterday it appears that the state will not only meet its 50% RPS target – it will pass that goal the way Usain Bolt used to pass competitors at the Olympics. According to the report California’s three large private utilities, which serve most of the state’s customers, will reach the 50% goal 10 years early.

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