GLENDALE — Utility officials expressed relief Monday after the governor vetoed legislation that would have mandated that utilities use in-state resources to cut emissions 33% by 2020.
In September, state legislators passed a pair of bills that would require renewable energy — such as solar, wind and geothermal energy — to make up a third of a city’s power portfolio by 2020. The bills did not count new out-of-state contracts toward meeting that requirement, frustrating utilities like those in Glendale and Burbank that have tied their renewable energy procurements to outside projects.
“It’s too bad that we couldn’t get the legislation that would have allowed us to be much more flexible in bringing in renewable energy from out of state . . .” said Glendale Water & Power General Manager Glenn Steiger. “These bills, for the most part, were way too restrictive.”