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California’s Plan For A Clean Energy Future

The California Public Utilities Commission has released a plan called “California’s Clean Energy Future,” setting goals for the year 2020. One of the most interesting goals is “enough charging stations at home, work, and in public areas to accommodate one million electric and hybrid vehicles.” Many people have noted that a lack of charging stations is a major obstacle to developing alternative energy vehicles. If California can develop a model for establishing charging stations that would have the potential to advance the development of electric and hybrid vehicles.

Other goals of the plan are:

“* Reductions of electricity (13,200 to 18,000 gigawatt-hours) and natural gas use (800 million therms) by 2020.
* 5,000 megawatts of installed renewable distributed generation statewide at the right locations on the power grid to support reliability and provide economic value.
* The development of at least one large-scale carbon capture and storage generating facility in California.
* 1,000 MW of additional storage capacity to be brought onto the system.”

Steven Silverberg