Reporting from Goleta, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown, who was an early advocate for clean energy during his first governorship 30 years ago, told business leaders at an event here today that he was committed to picking up where he left off.
Brown talked about tax incentives for solar energy that he approved in 1977, initiatives that he said were eagerly embraced.
At the time, there was "no resistance," he said. "Those were the good times."
Today, the governor, who is in the second year of his third term, said he finds himself facing more resistance to his proposals. He's promoting an ambitious agenda aimed at reforming pensions, shifting state inmates to local jails and stabilizing the budget.
But he said he's still committed to pushing for more clean-energy options. Last year, Brown signed legislation that requires one-third of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020.
Immediately following the governor's remarks, his office announced an executive order setting a goal of 1.5 million zero-emission cars in California by 2025. It also released details of a $120-million settlement that is to help fund electric-car charging stations in the state.