California board to vote on requiring utilities to get one-third of electricity from renewables

Despite a bruising ballot battle over California's landmark climate change law, the state is forging ahead with plans requiring electric utilities to obtain a third of their supply from renewable energy sources.

The California Air Resources Board on Thursday will vote on far-reaching new rules and regulations for the state's renewable electricity standard, a cornerstone of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's agenda.

The hearing comes as ARB, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the nonprofit California Independent System Operator Corp. on Tuesday announced a new effort to cut the red tape for projects stemming from the renewable standard.

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