The Ninth Green Innovation Index Report of California

Green Innovation

Almost a decade ago, the state of California passed a bill in the states’ legislature to adopt tough measures related to the issues of pollution and greenhouse gases emissions. The new laws also required the state to boost renewable energy production that would ensure that the state burns fewer fossil fuels. To ensure that they keep this promise and adopt these policies, California adopted the Green Innovation Index Report. This is a report that details the progress that the state has recorded every year. Earlier this week, the state announced that the ninth report had been released. In this report, the state mentioned that the state had recorded some significant progress especially related to the goals that it had set relating to renewable energy. The state also reported that they had encountered numerous problems in the achievement of emission reductions. The report detailed that 22 percent of the energy consumed today in the state comes from renewable sources. The report also mentioned that solar energy production in the state had grown at a high rate. For instance, the production had increased by 1,700 percent for six years ending 2015. According to the report, there was eight percent increase in renewable energy production between 2014 and 2015.

At the same time, solar power production increased by 40 percent. There was some bad news for hydroelectric power production that saw a decrease in six percent following the drought experienced in the state. There was also some good news related to the report on aspects of economic growth, job creation and renewable energy as the report detailed that everything remained on course. The bill has seen an increase in $5000 per person when it comes to the state’s GDP. Compared to the country itself, this is double what the country has achieved in a span of one decade. There was also 27 percent increase in job growth in the state of California according to the report. Carbon intensity emission had reduced by 4.5 percent while per capital emissions, on the other hand, had reduced by 12 percent. On the negative side, the report mentioned that the state was struggling in reducing the greenhouse gases. For instance, the state had only managed to reduce the emissions by 0.34 percent in a period of two years ending 2015. The report notes that this setback is associated with an increase in commute times as well as a drop in gas prices.

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