California Gov. Jerry Brown will speak at the opening of Intersolar North America Monday in San Francisco. The big solar conference is expecting 29,000 attendees.
Brown is a strong advocate for both utility scale solar projects and rooftop solar in California. Brown wants the state to produce 20,000 new megawatts of renewable electricity — enough to power 20 cities the size of San Francisco and roughly one-third of the state’s current peak use — by 2020. That would nearly triple the amount of electricity that California currently gets from renewable sources. We’ve suggested that Brown should be called Governor Sunbeam, but Moonbeam has been hard to shake.
One of the big questions for policy makers is the future of California’s groundbreaking Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires the state’s utilities to get 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources such as geothermal, wind and solar by 2020. There’s a lot of talk about Brown’s desire to raise the RPS goal to 40 percent or higher, and we’ve been waiting to see if there’s going to be a concerted push for that soon.