Gov. Jerry Brown's fourth and last term as California's governor begins today. Brown was sworn-in to office Monday morning and quickly offered an ambitious vision for continuing to wean the state off carbon-based fuels. From the Los Angeles Times:
By 2030, Brown wants California to derive 50% of its electricity from renewable sources, up from the goal of 33% by 2020. He also wants to double the energy efficiency of existing buildings and reduce by half the use of petroleum by cars and trucks.
Going on a wonky tangent in a speech otherwise characterized by generalities, Brown detailed possible innovations like "expanded rooftop solar, micro-grids, an energy imbalance market, battery storage" and others.Brown also touched upon other frequent topics such as the state's improving economy, prison realignment, high-speed rail and pension reform. From the Sacramento Bee:
Brown said he planned to deal with the state’s longstanding retirement and healthcare obligations “one at a time,” saying he’ll ask state workers to help start paying a larger share of rapidly rising retiree health obligations. “We must build on rock, not sand, so that when the storms come, our house stands,” Brown said.On Friday, Brown will unveil a proposal for the state's budget.