California’s Ambitious Clean Energy Goals

The Golden State is setting renewable energy’s gold standard: California governor Jerry Brown’s clean energy goals will create billions in savings and slash millions in carbon dioxide emissions.

That’s the major takeaway from Berkeley-based Strategen Consulting’s exhaustive report Impact Analysis: Governor Brown’s 2030 Energy Goals (PDF) — although one doesn’t really need consultants to arrive at the bigger picture. Right now, California’s largest export happens to be airplanes, while its richest corporation, by exports, is the mammoth oil company Chevron. So it’s little surprise that throwing major political and legislative support at the cleantech industry will dramatically reverse those fossilized fortunes, and downsize California’s prodigious emissions, while creating an international standard that any country can follow.

This is not to say that Strategen’s hard numbers, for what they are worth, are not welcome.