One of California's two energy-related initiatives, Proposition 7, has been exceptionally contentious. Proposition 7 would require California utilities to procure half of their power from renewable resources by 2025. As of 2006, Californians generated 12% of their energy from renewable sources.
Proposition 7 will also require California utilities to increase their purchase of electricity generated from renewable resources by 2% annually to meet Renewable Portfolio Standard goal of 40% in 2025. Current law, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, requires an RPS of 20% by 2010.
Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, the agency responsible for the implementation of AB32, today is scheduled to give a keynote address on climate change policy, hosted at Advanced Micro Devices in Sunnyvale.
Proposition 7 has attracted widespread opposition from both political parties, as well as from independent groups, such as the influential Union of Concerned Scientists, which states: "Proposition 7 will set back our efforts to transition to a clean energy future. Based on UCS's extensive experience on the design and implementation of renewable electricity standards across the country, we are convinced that the serious flaws of Proposition 7 will prevent California from achieving our state's clean energy goals. UCS strongly supports effective policies to increase renewable energy in California, but we oppose Proposition 7 because it fails to deliver on its promises."
Proposition 7 is also opposed by the California Manufacturers and Technology Association.
Meanwhile, in Missouri, voters will show whether they support Proposition C, also known as the Clean Energy Initiative. Proposition C creates a renewable electricity standard in the state that would require utility companies to gradually increase their usage of renewable energy annually until 15% of the energy used in the state is renewable.