A plan to make California’s cooling system more efficient is getting bipartisan support from Gov.
Jerry Brown and a bipartisan group of senators.
But it could face fierce resistance in Sacramento, where Democrats and Republicans are united in their opposition to the proposal.
The bill, Senate Bill 923, was introduced by Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener and Republican Sen. Leland Yee in January.
The measure has garnered bipartisan support, with Brown and other Democrats joining other Democrats and moderate Republicans in supporting the plan.
But Brown is facing an uphill battle to get the bill passed.
It would give California the ability to use solar and wind power to generate electricity from storage, including in the form of energy storage, as long as utilities don’t charge customers for it.
A bill in the California legislature could have bipartisan support in both chambers, but the legislation’s passage would require Brown to get his colleagues to back it.
The bill would require California to use up to 25 percent of its energy from renewables by 2025.
If passed, it would require utilities to set a cap on the amount of energy that can be generated from renewables, which would then have to be met by utilities.
The bill also would require a minimum of 1,000 megawatts of solar and 500 megawatts wind energy, which is roughly equivalent to the amount California generates.
California already has some of the lowest per-capita renewable energy in the country.
Brown has said he’s committed to meeting California’s 2020 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 2005 levels, which he believes is a good start.
Brown also said he wants to use the new energy storage cap as an opportunity to get a more competitive marketplace for solar and renewable energy.
Brown is hoping to use that energy storage measure to push for new power plants and new policies that would allow California to develop more renewable energy sources.
Yee, the lone Republican in the Senate, said in a statement on Monday that his bill will make California a “leader in the world for energy storage.”
He noted that the bill would provide a more predictable and predictable path for California to meet its goals for reducing greenhouse gases.
While Brown is hopeful that his legislation will garner bipartisan support this year, he is facing a challenge in getting it to a vote.
In a sign of how quickly the bill could face opposition, the Senate last week passed a bill that would require energy companies to buy back their own energy from the grid.
The California Energy Commission has been tasked with reviewing the bill to make sure it is fair to consumers and the grid, which Brown has said will be critical to his energy plan.
Last year, Brown signed legislation that required utilities to buy energy from renewable energy storage.
The state was also able to secure funding for energy efficiency upgrades.