Now that Jerry Brown has prevailed and gets a do-over as California's governor, we are posting the green portion of his jobs plan. It's on his Website, but here is a link to it.
It calls for investment in renewable energy, which he says produces up to three times as many jobs per dollar as gas, oil and coal, and in energy efficiency - "the cheapest, fastest and most reliable way to create jobs, save consumers money and cut pollution from the power sector."
Here are the highlights of the plan, which, of course, is constrained by an economic recession and multibillion-dollar deficit:
- Develop 12,000 megawatts of local energy by 2020 by installing solar systems on roofs of warehouses, parking structures, schools and other commercial buildings; putting solar panels along state highways; and through a feed-in tariff program of incentive payments for power projects;
- Prepare a renewable-energy plan that speeds permitting of the highest-priority generation and transmission projects;
- Reduce peak-energy demands and develop energy storage so that wind and solar energy, which is intermittent, can be used when needed;
- Establish a timeline and plan for new houses and commercial buildings to use onsite renewable energy;
- Continue the fight for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs that enable property owners to finance energy upgrades through property tax assessments;
- Develop more cogeneration projects, using incentives;
- Appoint a clean-energy czar, directly accountable to the governor, to ensure that goals and deadlines are achieved.