This is a tough target — and whether its a significant bump up in deployment of solar, wind, and other locally deployable resources — there are going to be hurdles hitting this target, but clearly the effort is to push communities to pick up their own energy needs by their own bootstraps.
Practically every county in California has a different ‘normal’ in the permitting and regulatory process for local energy deployment. Financing for larger scale solar and wind projects is getting easier — but still not equal to other energy projects. And costs overall still are higher than other traditional coal and other fossil fuel driven energy plants.
This morning at a meeting at UCLA
sponsored by UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, the California
Governor’s Office, and Bank of America, I’m going to talk with Governor
Brown about these targets and engage him in a panel discussion with NRG
Energy CEO David Crane; SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive and Google’s Director
of Green Business Operations and Strategy Rick Needham.
The event will start at 12:00 pm EST and 9:00 am PST and will stream live at this link for those interested. We will be live for about 90 minutes.
For those of you in the renewable energy arena, it would be interesting
to further understand the up and downsides to an order of magnitude leap
in renewable deployments. Beyond the fad of renewables, what are the
hard core constraints in this business.
— Steve Clemons is Washington Editor at Large at The Atlantic, where this post first appeared. Clemons can be followed on Twitter at @SCClemons