California legislates for new renewable energy targets
California is once again turning to wind energy and other renewables to power its future energy needs.
Earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that requires utility companies operating in the state to get as much as 33% of their electricity from wind power, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2020, according to REVE. Prior to the new legislation, California had a 20% Renewables Portfolio Standard.
Brown reportedly said the new law will stimulate investment in green technologies in the state, create tens of thousands of new jobs, improve local air quality, promote energy independence, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He also said the legislation will also ensure that California maintains its long-standing leadership in renewables and clean energy, according to REVE.
The new legislation was endorsed by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). AWEA CEO Denise Bode reportedly commented that California has already seen the jobs and economic development that follow when the right policies, like a strong state renewable electricity standard, are put in place to create a stable business and investment environment.
- Edited by Amanda McLeman, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, www.csemag.com
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey