Well, you know how the saying goes.  SB 584 by California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León implies that you can do a lot more to save and reduce Global Warming. A day after releasing a plan that would make California’s cap-and-trade program even less appealing to market-based solutions, Democrats in the Senate are introduced a proposal that calls for 100 percent of the retail electricity sold in the state to come from renewable energy sources by the end of 2045.

Requiring all of the State’s energy come from less efficient sources such as wind and solar means your bill will go up.

But wait, there’s more…

In addition to upping the total amount needed, the bill also shortens the timelines to hit interim targets along the way that became law under de Leon’s Senate Bill 350 in 2015. That bill dictated that 50 percent of California electricity must come from renewable sources by the end of 2030, which the proposal bumps up five years to the end of 2025.  That bill also dictates that existing buildings in California (as a whole) must become twice as energy efficient.

Many worry that all the “savings” you and/or your tenants purportedly get by investing in energy efficiency is simply getting re-directed to higher cost energy and that all of this is hitting small businesses that can least afford it the most.

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