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LAist Guide to the Election: Proposition 7

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Why exactly is this? Prop 7, the renewable energy initiative, is a doosy of a measure. It has quietly slipped under the radar of sexier ballot measures (such as the high speed rail Proposition 1 for a bullet train from LA to San Francisco) and more controversial items (such as Prop 8's marriage equality issue). But the tenets of Proposition 7 should not be ignored as it may very well have long lasting impacts on the state.

Proponents say it is a well intentioned strategy to aggressively increase California's renewable portfolio, well beyond what local municipalities have called for. But more than 200 cities and their local utilities, labor and environmental groups and both major political parties have formed a disparate coalition of the discontented who feel Proposition 7 will set back the state for years to come.

What does it say?
If passed, Proposition 7 would require all public utilities in the state to generate 20% of their power from renewable energy by 2010, which is currently only mandated for private power groups. In subsequent years, that requirement would be ramped up to 40% by 2020 and 50% by 2025.

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The measure would impose penalties on energy providers who fail to meet the mandated guidelines and transfers some jurisdictional responsibilities from local energy providers (such as the Los Angeles DWP), to the California Energy Commission, the state's primary energy policy and planning agency.