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Experts Weigh In: Will California Meet Its RPS?

About one year ago, California made history by enacting a law that would require the highest amount of renewable energy to be incorporated into a continental state's energy mix: 33 percent by 2020. That number is at least 8 percent higher than the next most aggressive state renewable portfolio standards and upwards of 10 percent more than the average renewable portfolio standard for all the states in the nation. In the state with the most aggressive RPS in the continental U.S., opinions are mixed about whether or not California will be able to meet the goal of 33 percent renewables by 2020. A report issued by the California Energy Commission shows that the total cost of transmission to meet the 33 percent by 2020 goal is $7.2 billion dollars.