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California to vote on RPS
1 August 1996
California's state capitol will feature wind technologies in a day long tribute on August 5 to California's renewable energy industry. Zond will erect a Z-40 turbine on the state capitol grounds; solar and geothermal companies will also display their wares. The day is being promoted to focus attention on the contributions of wind and other renewable energy technologies to California's economy and environment. Ironically, California state legislators will return to Sacramento from their summer recess on the same day and will decide the fate of American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) "renewable portfolio standard, " included in Assembly Bill 1202. According to Renew California, a public education campaign launched by AWEA and other renewable developers (along with the Union of Concerned Scientists), the cost of the renewable portfolio standard is the equivalent to the cost of a cup of coffee for each electricity consumer. "To save less than a buck a month on electricity bills, we would risk throwing thousands out of work, losing millions in revenue to local communities and driving more California companies out of business," states the organisation. AWEA and its allies will, however, have their work cut out for them. Lawmakers are expected to overhaul the complex deregulation blueprint containing the portfolio standard. And Senator Steve Peace has already told AWEA consultant Nancy Rader that he would not vote for the renewable portfolio standard.
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