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California renewable energy mandate boosts consumer costs, fuels litigation

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Despite the national rise in low-cost natural gas production, renewable energy remains the rage in 36 states. California leads by implementing a 2011 law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law mandates that 33 percent of the state’s electricity must come from “renewable” sources by 2020. That means geothermal, biomass, solar and wind production. The state likely will make the 33 percent quota,...

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