Schwarzenegger wants more bioenergy

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 28, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On April 25, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an Executive Order (S-06-06) intended to create abundant biomass resources from agriculture, forestry and urban wastes to provide transportation fuels and electricity for California’s fuel and energy needs.

To increase the production and use of bioenergy in California, including ethanol and bio-diesel fuels made from renewable resources, the Governor set the following targets:
  • The state should produce a minimum of 20 percent of its biofuels within California by 2010, 40 percent by 2020 and 75 percent by 2050.
  •  With regard to electricity production, California should meet 20 percent of the 2010 and 2020 renewable generation targets with biomass sources of electricity. 
According to the Executive Order, biofuels can be a clean, renewable source for hydrogen and can provide greenhouse gas emission reduction benefits.  It is a source of energy with the potential to power more than three million homes or produce enough fuel to run more than two million automobiles on an annual basis.  The Governor also believes that harnessing California’s biomass resources to produce energy and other products is good for the state’s economy, environment and contributes to local job creation.
Click here to download the Executive Order. 
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